Anger as David Mundell refuses to be interviewed

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has been slammed after refusing to be interviewed by the BBC on the issue of the Brexit analysis papers.

In a tweet, Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson said: “We asked again to speak to Scottish Secretary David Mundell this morning about Brexit forecasts. He declined but you you can listen back to what he told this programme on Friday when the initial story broke here:”

The tweet contained a link to an article based on an interview Mr Mundell had previously agreed to.

The Conservative MP is facing questions over remarks he made to a Holyrood Committee in November last year when he told MSPs there was no specific Scottish breakdown with respect to UK Govt Brexit impact assessments.

However, Mr Mundell’s statement was called into question on Wednesday when official documents released by the House of Commons showed the papers did indeed contain Scotland specific analysis.

The issue prompted requests from BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme Good Morning Scotland for an interview with the Secretary of State, which was refused by Mr Mundell.  According to programme host Hayley Millar, not one of Mr Mundell’s Scottish Conservative colleagues were prepared to answer questions.  Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell, who was being interviewed on another issue, fielded a brief question instead.

 

Responding to Mr Mundell’s refusal to be interviewed, former SNP MP John Nicolson asked: “Why is the Scottish Secretary refusing to speak to the BBC about Scotland and Brexit?”

Other users of social media were less restrained and the BBC itself came in for criticism.  One tweeted: “Why is Mr Mundell not being door-stepped like Michael Matheson or Nicola Sturgeon? More double standards from . Brexit’s a disaster and Mr Mundell & Ruth Davidson have to answer for their Govt’s chaotic Brexit policy.”

The refusal of the Secretary of State to agree to be interviewed is the third in recent days.  Mr Mundell also refused to be interviewed on January 30th and again the following day.  As can be heard below, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard also refused to be interviewed.

 

 

The refusal of senior Scottish Conservatives to face questions on awkward issues has prompted criticism of BBC Scotland, with critics accusing the broadcaster of failing to pursue Scottish Conservatives and their leader Ruth Davidson with anything like the zeal it pursues SNP figures.  Davidson herself has refused to be questioned on a range of issues as can be heard below.

 

It is not known if BBC Scotland has any plans to pursue Mr Mundell or his leader Ruth Davidson over the issue of the Brexit analysis.

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8 thoughts on “Anger as David Mundell refuses to be interviewed

  1. Davy

    A very good analysis, plus it shows the Tory party in it’s true light as a bunch of cowardly bastards. Whenever they are caught out, they find a big hole and hide in it and the MSM then pretend they don’t know where they are.

    Scotland is a country disgracefully served by unionist politicians and media, and when we gain our independence we should not forget it.

    It’s a pity the First Minister could not ask a few questions of her own during question time, it would be nice to see Ruth Davidson having to answer the brexit questions without being able to hide as normal.

  2. gregor

    UK Government Ministerial Code:

    Mission Statement…

    “The mission of this government is to build a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That means putting ourselves firmly at the service of ordinary working people across the nation…”

    1.3 (d): Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest.

    Public interest definition:

    A common concern among citizens in the management and affairs of local, state, and national government. It does not mean mere curiosity but is a broad term that refers to the body politic and the public weal.

    (Brexit analysis papers are clearly of high public interest).

  3. gregor

    UK Government Impact Assessement Guidance:

    6.Once published, an Impact Assessment allows those with an
    interest in the policy area to understand:

    * Why the government is proposing to intervene;

    * The main options the government is considering, and which one is preferred;

    * How and to what extent new policies may impact on them;

    * The estimated costs and benefits of proposed measures.

    (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http:/www.web.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/better-regulation/docs/10-898-impact-assessment-guidance.pdf)

  4. Robert Graham

    Thank god we have a searching media on this story , the whole Scottish media are on his case ,

    Aye not even on a good day will these Cowards and liars actually do their job

    The United Nations need to be informed , a whole country is being held hostage by crooks and liars , our next door neighbour controls every media outlet . We are in need of assistance urgently .

  5. Alasdair Macdonald

    I listened to Mr Robertson speaking about this and to the subsequent interview with Ms Margaret Mitchell.

    As I pondered on the Tories’ refusal to be interviewed, it struck me how effective a tactic this is, when there is a generally compliant media, for preventing any examination of your policies or personal responsibilities.

    To fill the vacuum the media simply turn to what is available and if the SG is prepared to be accountable then it will face the attack of the media and the Tories.

    There was a genuine story about the resignation of the Chief Constable and about how Police Scotland should be managed. For example, in the National, Lesley Riddoch discussed the strategic matters. However, Ms Mitchell, simply plugged away at the ridiculous attack on the Justice Secretary for speaking to the SPA about its decision to allow the Chief Constable to return to work, despite the accusations against him not being brought to a conclusion, nor the complainants having been informed that he was to return to work.

    And, of course, the never-to-be-challenged-by-the Scottish-media COLONEL continued this a FM questions at Holyrood.

    1. stewartb

      Alasdair,

      I agree.

      And is it beyond the wit (or motivation!) of seemingly ANY newspaper or TV journalist in Scotland to ask this question of an opposition MSP calling for Matheson’s resignation:

      “Would you have been content to see the Chief Constable of Police Scotland return to his duties while five (?) investigations by PIRC relating to potential gross misconduct were still not concluded?”

      Its time that the journalist profession in Scotland individually and collectively took stock of what they are about and why!

      1. Alasdair Macdonald

        Stewartb,

        I think the reason that journalists do not ask such questions is that many are chosen because of their ‘soundness’ in the sense in which Mrs Thatcher used it as a synonym for ‘one of us’. Even, if they are well-trained journalists who know how to identify and pursue a good story, Editors might well discourage them, spike their copy and send them to report on cheese rolling and mud wrestling.

  6. Jockanese Wind Talker

    Why aren’t the BritNat Broadcasting Corporation doorsteping Mundell, Colonel Yadaftie et al?

    The answer is exactly the same as why they keep giving airtime to UKIP.

    They are acting in accordance with there Charter.

    They exist to protect and promote the Union (which is becoming openly facist).

    No Union = no continuation of the plunder of Scotlands natural resources for the benefit of the SE of England and the Establishment.

    Don’t pay the BritNat Propaganda Tax.

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