A Scottish Labour councillor was handed a platform by BBC Scotland in order to mount unchallenged attacks on the SNP.
Edinburgh councillor Scott Arthur appeared on a Radio Scotland phone-in programme on Friday morning. The programme had been discussing the issue of pot-holes on Scottish roads.
Given the opportunity to speak on the show, Arthur was allowed to mount a series of unchallenged attacks on the SNP led Scottish government and an SNP MSP.
Listeners heard the Labour councillor accuse the Scottish government of cutting local authority budgets and leaving them with less cash than they had ten years ago.
He said: “People have to remember that council budgets have been cut every year.
“Edinburgh now has less money than it did around ten years ago, which is unbelievable.
“This year although the Scottish government’s funding from the UK parliament increased, and has tax raising powers, Edinburgh’s looking at around thirty eight million cuts it has to make.”
Arthur also attacked SNP MSP Stuart McMillan, adding: “He is part of the Scottish government, he voted for the cuts to council budgets that results in the roads being the state they are. That needs to be remembered.”
The attacks went unchallenged by the programme presenter who also failed to point out Arthur was a Labour councillor.
Earlier this year Arthur was at the centre of a row after the BBC targeted a pro-independence blogger’s Youtube account. Videos posted by the Wings Over Scotland accound were removed from Youtube after the BBC claimed copyright infringements. It emerged the videos had been drawn to the broadcaster’s attention by the Scottish Labour councillor.