This article focuses on two issues that have hit the headline recently – Frigates and Universal Credit. Below are a few video clips that … shall we say … appear to strengthen claims that Conservative politicians cannot be trusted and the Scottish media cannot be trusted to expose them.
Below is a video clip of former Prime Minister David Cameron being questioned on promises made to Scotland during the first independence referendum campaign. The exchange took place on November 23rd, 2015. Cameron makes a very clear and unambiguous pledge.
Below is a video of Ruth Davidson in April 2016 repeating the pledge made by Cameron. Davidson was speaking during the Holyrood election campaign.
On Wednesday October 18th it emerged the Type 31e frigates pledged to the Clydeside yards would not in fact be coming after all. Below is how Reporting Scotland covered the story [two days after it broke] in all three of its editions on Friday October 20th.
There isn’t one solitary mention of the pledge made by David Cameron in November 2015. There is no mention of the same pledge made by Ruth Davidson in April 2016. There is no mention of the 13 Type 26 frigate pledge made by the UK Govt in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum.
Three editions of Reporting Scotland refused to mention very relevant pledges made by the UK Prime Minister and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives in a news item specifically about the frigates in question. You have to ask yourself … why?
Below is a video of Ruth Davidson appearing on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday October 15th and answering a question on the six week waiting time. Davidson very clearly tells Marr that the six week waiting time has been scrapped by the UK Govt, adding that it is now a maximum of five days.
Six days after Davidson gave her interview the following headline appeared in The Independent. It was clear that the six week Universal Credit waiting time had not in fact been scrapped.
Did Ruth Davidson lie? It’s not for me to say. But it’s unlikely any BBC Scotland reporter, or any journalist for that matter, will seek clarity from Davidson who appears to say and do as she pleases with complete impunity.
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