BBC Scotland snubbed again as Philip Hammond becomes latest senior Tory to refuse interview request

A UK government minister has delivered a dismissive snub to BBC Scotland after rejecting a request for an interview.

Philip Hammond was visiting Edinburgh in order to reassure Financial Technology companies worried about the effects of Brexit.

The UK Chancellor met with representatives from the Scottish asset management sector and visited Nucleus Financial, one of Scotland’s biggest fintech firms.

However asked by BBC Scotland for an interview to discuss his visit, the Chancellor refused.

The refusal is the latest in a string of snubs delivered to BBC Scotland by senior Conservatives.  Last year UK government ministers wouldn’t speak to BBC Scotland reporter Andrew Kerr.

In January this year Nick Eardley was told no one from the UK government was available to speak to the BBC Scotland reporter on Brexit.

Others frequently not prepared to be interviewed by BBC Scotland include Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

Both politicians have refused interviews with BBC Scotland on a range of controversial issues.



Despite the repeated refusal of senior Conservatives to make themselves available for interview, BBC Scotland reporters remain reluctant to confront the politicians.

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13 thoughts on “BBC Scotland snubbed again as Philip Hammond becomes latest senior Tory to refuse interview request

  1. john

    They don’t do interviews because they have nothing meaningful to say to the Scots . The Tories of Britain have decided that Scotland is an nonentity and that there is no reason to keep it’s people in the loop as to what is going on , after all it’s a nation of only five and a half million people , a tiny fraction of the population of the UK as a whole . We are not needed to participate in the big stuff , we are not allowed to have opinions ,we are supposed to let the Tory boys get on with deciding our future . Stay in your box jocks until they decide the time is right to let you peep out .

  2. stewartb

    The visit of a Chancellor of the Exchequer to anywhere in the UK is ‘national’ news – one-nation, national news.

    Does BBC Scotland not understood that their remit is just to cover regional news?

    BBS Scotland getting above themselves here trying to interview important one-nation leaders like this: not surprised the Chancellor, a man with a very important job to do, chose not to waste his time with regional reporters.

    1. John

      Except that Scotland is not a region , it is a country that went into a union with another country , eg. England , you would think it would have the integrity to inform Scotland what plans it has for it’s future until the day they are no longer relevant .

  3. Robert Peffers

    The real truth is that these enemies of Scots and Scotland refuse interviews is not unionist arrogance – the are plainly absolutely terrified. Scottish independence activists have no need of an Indy project fear against the Kingdom of England because the Kingdom of England have historically always been terrified the Kingdom of Scotland existed.

    It was what drove them to force a royal marriage of convenience upon Margaret Tudor, Most Scots don’t even know that Scotland had a Tudor as monarch of Scots, but it is our history.

    Margaret Tudor (born 28 November 1489 – died 18 October 1541), was Queen of Scots from 1503 until 1513 by marriage to James IV of Scotland. Then, after her husband died fighting the English, she became regent for their son James V of Scotland from 1513 until 1515. Margaret Tudor was born at Westminster Palace, the oldest daughter of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York

    Henry VII had wanted to consolidate Tudor legitimacy to the English throne by marrying into one of the long established European royal families, the Stewarts.

    Henry VII knew the marriage could lead to a Scottish king in England, but Henry reckoned that England would always be the dominant partner in these circumstances. Henry VII was right and that has always been the English attitude towards the Scots even when a King of Scots did eventually inherit the Crown of the three country Kingdom of England in 1603.

    In English history this event is titled, “The Union of the Crowns”, but that union was ever only a personal union for the King himself for the two kingdoms remained independent until the forced Treaty of Union of 1705/7. Indeed the Treaty of 1706/7 would not have been required if there had been a Union of the Crowns in 1603.

    However, 1n 1503, James too would have “considered that an English royal marriage would place his own bloodline close to the English succession. and it did indeed succeed to the thrones of England, Wales and Ireland in 1603. It did not, however, united the kingdoms far less make the country of England the masters and the other three countries English dominions as the so called United Kingdom is being governed today as the de facto Parliament of the country of England.

    All this because the English have an inbuilt fear of the Scots being independent – it is quite simply, in their genes.

    1. Derek Mackinlay

      He gave an interview to STV Scotland Tonight presenter. Wonder what BBC Scotland has or hasn’t done to dederve these snubs, especially by Ruth Davidson

  4. Judith Delissen

    Stewart’s shows his complete ignorance by his comments. I can only assume he is an ill informed Englishman. Scotland is a country, part of the UK it never has and never will be a region of England. It is country which has had its own Scottish Law long before there was even a devolved Parliament. When Queen Elizabeth came to the throne she was crowned as Queen Elizabeth, queen of the UK in Westminster Abbey but wore the Scottish crown when she came to Scotland. So please don’t insult us as calling us a region you just highlight your ignorance

      1. Brian

        oops, didn’t see this before I just posted a reply to your post. I got the humour after all.

    1. Donald McGregor

      I read Stewart’s words as sarcasm or irony, and making the same point as others. Maybe I assume too much; but read in the way I read it, the point was well made, as encapsulating our contradictory irrelevance to ‘The UK’ together with the requirement upon us to stay put, stay quiet and eat our cereal.

  5. Iain

    Why didn’t the BBC just do what it’s best at at just read out UK government press releases? Why would a politician like (the odious) Philip Hammond bother with BBC Scotland anyway? He’d be as well giving an interview to the other amateurs at Shady Pines Eventide Home Radio.

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