BBC Scotland presenter Laura Maxwell has become the latest figure at the station to claim the Scottish government is on its own over the issue of the Westminster Power Grab.
During a discussion on the weekend radio programme Good Morning Scotland, Maxwell claimed the decision of the Labour run Welsh Assembly to agree to hand over devolved powers to Westminster for up to seven years left Nicola Sturgeon’s administration in “a very lonely position”.
The presenter said: “Earlier this week […] we saw the Welsh government agree now to go along with what the UK wants and to allow the UK Govt to take control over some devolved powers. It leaves the SNP government in Scotland in a very lonely position doesn’t it?”
Maxwell’s description of the Scottish government as the “SNP government” whilst using the correct term for its Welsh and UK counterparts, will further fuel suspicions that BBC Scotland is employing anti-SNP rhetoric in its reporting of the Power Grab issue. A recent complaint to BBC Scotland highlighted the ‘SNP government’ habit amongst many of its reporters whenever controversial issues arose.
The presenter’s comments are the latest in a string of similar remarks from BBC Scotland presenters and reporters in recent days that have appeared to target Nicola Sturgeon’s administration in relation to the Power Grab row. BBC Scotland’s Political Editor Brian Taylor made similar claims during a TV discussion, accusing the Scottish government of being “isolated” and “under pressure”.
Last week Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird told viewers the Scottish Government was “under pressure” over the Power Grab row. The claim was repeated on multiple news bulletins on Radio Scotland.
On Thursday however, heated exchanges at First Minister’s Questions on the issue were dropped from the programme which instead devoted nearly four and a half minutes to a promotional item about Ruth Davidson’s pregnancy announcement.
The Scottish government’s stance has been backed by former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish and former Labour Cabinet Minister Malcolm Chisholm. Neither intervention has led to headlines on BBC Scotland.
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, BBC Scotland chiefs continue to insist the broadcaster’s coverage of current affairs and politics north of the border is neutral and impartial.
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