Hot 100 2012: Not 100
They’re not hot, and there are only five of them - our pick of those who’ve not had such a good year
The Obama ‘birther’ conspiracist and owner of the only ego visible from space isn’t technically Scottish, but his anti-wind farm stance and opposition to a BBC screening of (Hot 100 #87) Anthony Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped mean he’s remained a presence in the national press. Plus, we suspect that’s a haggis-hide hairpiece.
Our nation’s embattled arts funding body was widely criticised for failing to communicate effectively with the country’s arts community. John Byrne, Luke Fowler, Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead were among 100 signatories on a damning open letter to Creative Scotland back in October. Chief executive Andrew Dixon stepped down in early December.
Tian Tian and Yang Guang
They may be Edinburgh Zoo’s most famous residents, but ‘Sweetie’ and ‘Sunshine’ proved once again that pandas are not best equipped for natural selection. Their disinclination to procreate and very picky diet indicate a species Darwin would have written off years ago.
In this patriotism-inspiring Year of Great Sport (Team GB; Sir Chris Hoy, Hot 100 #14; Andy Murray, Hot 100 #2), Craig Whyte stuck out like a sore thumb. The Motherwell businessman dubbed by some press as having ‘wealth off the scale’ bought a controlling share in Rangers FC for £1 back in 2011, drove it into administration in early 2012, and sold off his stake in May. His alleged selling price? £2. Kerching!
She’s got a fourth album on the way, and a stage musical inspired by her story garnered rave reviews upon release in March. But Fortress SuBo is far from impregnable: the hash-tag #susanalbumparty, deployed in November, was either an ill-conceived PR strategy or the work of a disgruntled insider. Only time will tell.