Ex BBC Scotland boss touted to lead Better Together MkII

The former head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland is to lead the pro-Union campaign in the event of a second independence referendum, it has been claimed.

John Boothan, who was with the BBC for 30 years, left the corporation in June 2015 to take up a new position assisting with the corporation’s Charter renewal bid.  A new charter was published last year.

According to BBC news reports, the ex-BBC chief is said to have been approached by senior figures within the Labour Party concerned that the pro-Unionist campaign is unprepared to take on Nicola Sturgeon.  Unnamed sources are keen to avoid having any current or former politicians take on the role.

Boothman will be joined at the helm by retired comedian Russ Abbott, who has lived in Scotland for the last fifteen years, and Labour activist Duncan Hothersall.

The news was welcomed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson who praised Boothman’s pro-Union credentials.

“I worked at BBC Scotland under John and know just how committed he is to the Union.  Nothing was more important to him.”

The announcement comes just a day after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon submitted a formal request to the UK Government for a section 30 order that would allow a legally binding referendum to be held.

 

This of course an April Fool.

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17 thoughts on “Ex BBC Scotland boss touted to lead Better Together MkII

  1. Abulhaq

    The ‘Better Together’ team appears a collection of geriatric pide pipers. Few have actually heard of these people? Sinister! Unionism on a stairlift!

  2. Clydebuilt

    April fool………. The only bit that rings true is Russ Abott joining the motley crew……. But I’m gutted…… One of the funniest blokes EVAH …… And he’s going to do something bad now

  3. Liz White

    And there you have it Ruth Davidson said and I quote “I worked at BBC Scotland under John and know just how committed he is to the Union. Nothing was more important to him.”

    So the head of he BBC thinks the most important thing is the union and from what Ruth said he would do and say anything to keep it that way including making sure that what we saw on the BBC promoted that union in a way that even put Scotland down.

    Who in Scotland even believes in the BBC anymore how many people in Scotland have stopped paying for a tv libcence because of the BBC. And if the union only has the BBC to help them win a vote on another referendum then they have lost even before they have begun.

    And as for Duncan Hothershall all he manages to do is insult the intelligence of the Scottish people.

  4. Graeme

    “I worked at BBC Scotland under John and know just how committed he is to the Union. Nothing was more important to him.”

    That statement says it all right there

    You’ll notice it’s not how committed he is to Scotland or the Scottish people it’s all about the union, nothing is more important to them everything and everyone else is expendable, preserve the union at all costs

    Lie, cheat, mislead, beg, borrow or steal just save the union

    Graeme

  5. manandboy

    Pure April fool. Still not laughing though – there’s nothing funny about our sinister, paedophile protecting, British Brainwashing Corporation.

  6. commonoldworkinchap

    Why not get Jim Davidson also, looks like his Gibraltar gigs are going to dry up soon.

  7. Ian

    Why not get Jim Davidson on board as well ? Looks like his Gibraltar gigs might be a wee
    bit difficult now.

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