In March of this year, an Ofcom investigation was announced looking into claims that the SNP influenced the programming of the STV. The particular focus was on Homecoming Scotland.
It was good to see therefore that the Homecoming Scotland arrangement was found to be satisfactory and STV was given a minor slap on the wrist for short programmes of 1 to 4 minutes long
A wider question as to whether Homecoming Scotland should be advertising on Scottish television seems to have been overlooked. I guess it wasn't within Ofcom's remit but one can't help but think of preaching to the undispersed.
An even wider question to ask is what business does any Government have to indulge in advertising anyway? I have always galled at the fact that some of my taxes go towards telling me not to be racist or to eat my 5-a-day on giant billboards. I appreciate that a clever person somewhere has worked out that a Goverment spending £x millions in advertising will lead to a benefit of £y millions with y hopefully being greater than x.
However, it would make more sense (to me) if funding for anti-racism drives came from extended fines for racially-aggravated crimes and healthy eating adverts came from (a long overdue) 'fat tax'.
Homecoming Scotland was a great idea and a great event. Sponsorship from it of sport trophies and TV programmes was never really taking the high road and nor did it fit the bill.
Claims of SNP TV though? Quite ridiculous now that Ofcom has reported and partically ridiculous given that Scotland suffers from, at least at the worst of times, Unionist Newspapers.