To be fair to the Herald, the newspaper published the following article by Derek Douglas on January 14, 1993. Mr Douglas, used his skills as a journalist (Chief Reporter) to examine both sides of very sensitive topic. It should be remembered that Jack McLean was a columnist for the newspaper, not a professional journalist.
Comments by Mrs Watson include:
''I cannot begin to describe the despair and suffering that we endured from the day that Diane was killed. Our friends and relatives, the school staff and the wider community in Dennistoun have sought to give every help and comfort to us but some members of the media have been so cruel and insensitive that they have caused us nothing but additional hurt and sorrow.''
''Jack McLean may want to reflect on the fact that when Alan took his life he had in his hands articles which Mr McLean had written. His articles, and that in Marie Claire, contributed to the terrible depression which Alan was suffering from after his sister's death.
I would hope that in future he and the Marie Claire journalist, Meg Henderson, would think more carefully about their actions and that they would realise that when they write they do so about real people who have real feelings."
''I look upon these articles as an attempt to blacken my daughter's name. Additionally, in August, Jack Mclean wrote an article which implied that our daughter had looked upon her murderer with snobbish disdain and that Diane regarded herself as being better than her.
What he actually wrote was 'Diane came from a background which was rather upper working-class. For years this class element determined that young Barbara was something of an object of the kind of snobbish disdain that occurs within the working-classes. Diane had the smart white socks of the daughter of the labour aristocracy.''
''Mr McLean, in his articles, often tries to make a great deal of his working-class origins and the article he wrote about Diane is no exception.
Those who know my husband and I also know of our working-class origins but we feel that our social background is irrelevant in the case of our daughter's death. No parents, regardless of social background, should have to suffer the loss of a child but it might be helpful to know that I was brought up in the Gorbals and my husband was brought up in Easterhouse.
We both left school at 15. On the week Diane died my husband's take-home pay was #75 and I was earning a small living as a school meals' attendant. I wonder how Mr McLean can call people such as ourselves 'the labour aristocracy?''
... Diane was never snobbish. It was an important part of her upbringing that she treated everyone with respect. Given that her father had been unemployed for two-and-a-half years she would have been the last person in a position to look down on anyone.''
''Diane was a hard-working student and at weekends she worked in a shop from which her earnings helped supplement the family income. She was also involved with pre-vocational training at a local hospital and I have references to the effect that she carried out her course with distinction.''
''I am totally bewildered by Mr McLean's assertions that he based his articles on discussions he had with professional people involved with my family, including doctors and teachers when, in fact, my GP and all the teachers at Whitehill Secondary School have given written testimony that they did not enter into discussions with Mr McLean. None of my neighbours has spoken to the press.''
''I feel that Mr McLean's insensitivity knows no bounds. On the day of Alan's funeral he wrote a further article attacking Michael Martin and Lord James Douglas-Hamilton. He accused both MPs of hiding behind parliamentary privilege. Contrary to Mr McLean's assertion that these MPs would deny people, expecially journalists, free speech, Mr Martin gave me a voice in Parliament.Mother defends daughter Dianehttp://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/ab...-diane-1.776852
Our lives have been further ruined by insensitive treatment such as this. We have never sought to get our names in the paper. We have always been a hard-working and respectable family and I just hope that no other family has to endure the suffering that we have gone through.''