A BBC Scotland reporter has been ridiculed on social media after claiming the Scottish Conservatives won the general election in Scotland.
Brian Taylor, who is BBC Scotland’s political editor, was appearing on the flagship news programme Reporting Scotland when he was asked about Ruth Davidson’s general election campaign. The Scottish Conservative leader gained plaudits after steering her party to thirteen seats north of the border.
Responding, Taylor told programme host Jackie Bird: “Right now the Scottish Tory group at Westminster feel a bit like ‘Team Ruth’.
“Because they fought a different campaign in Scotland on different issues and they had a different outcome … clue … they won, rather than losing which happened to the party south of the border.”
The result of the general election in Scotland saw the SNP win comfortably. Despite losing 21 seats, Nicola Sturgeon’s party on 35 seats emerged well ahead of Davidson’s Tories who finished with 13.
Users of social media site twitter reacted to his claim by heaping derision on Taylor. One user poked fun at the BBC reporter saying: “Great analysis – everything correct bar the facts”
Another asked sarcastically: “She won what????????”
One poster highlighted the Ruth davidson’s electoral record at Holyrood and Westminster: “She has never led Tories to victory in Scotland. 13/59 MPs in Westminster and 31/129 (all but 7 as ‘list’ not FPTP) MSPs in Holyrood.”
Taylor’s bizarre analysis follows dubious claims made by the BBC’s Scotland editor Sarah Smith. Smith, the daughter of the former Labour Leader John Smith, claimed the result of the general election in Scotland proved Scottish voters did not want a second independence referendum.
In an article for the BBC, Smith said: “It’s almost impossible for the [SNP] to now argue that the people of Scotland want another Scottish referendum when 60% of the electorate voted for parties which have vowed to block another vote on independence.”
The coverage of both the election campaign and its aftermath has further fuelled anger towards the London controlled broadcaster amongst independence supporters. Many openly boast that they no longer pay the TV licence.