They’re like Laurel and Hardy, Starsky and Hutch or for the more contemporary, Ant and Dec. They’re always together. You don’t get one without the other. They come as a pair.
I’m talking about Brexit and Scottish Fishing.
How many times have you watched a BBC Scotland news report about Brexit only to find the reporter reminding you of the damage the EU has done to Scotland’s fishing sector?
It’s been a constant since we Scots voted to remain, only to find ourselves ignored because England … er, didn’t. Fishing is the proxy that balances the democratic deficit. Look at the fishing communities, they nearly voted to leave!!
Since the EU referendum, fishing is the only sector left in Scotland if you believe the BBC and Brexit is its saviour. The story goes that Brexit will see the UK leave the Common Fisheries Policy. At a stroke no foreign vessels will be allowed in UK waters. There will be so much fish that we’ll need to build even more Type 26 frigates to catch them.
That theory took a bit of a dent on Wednesday when news emerged of a meeting between Michael Gove and Danish officials. The Danes let it slip that the UK Foreign Secretary had conceded that foreign vessels will indeed still be able to fish in UK waters.
Major story, especially in Scotland given the SNP has been slapped around the face by ‘Brexit Bertie’ Armstrong and the UKIP skippers he represents. I’d had a spat with the presenter of Good Morning Scotland earlier that day. Gary Robertson seemed confident that there would be “reaction through the day”.
BBC Scotland had to cover this, given it had obsessed over fishing in a way not seen since it obsessed over oil [when the price dropped], and ‘Scottish’ banks [When the UK let them gamble wildly].
It was with bated breath that I waited on the flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland airing. The story would surely be prominent. It had been given a very brief mention on the lunchtime news programme [see clip below], but it would get more by the time the evening programme aired surely.
When the evening programme aired, I watched each item in turn. Mental health discharges … Calls for an inquiry into Fife council … Baby Box doubts [What was that about?] … A pensioner jailed for life … it went on right throughout the programme and not one mention of the fishing access story. The fishing story had been dropped.
Below is a two minute video with every news item deemed worthy of coverage by Scotland’s public service broadcaster. The story Gary Robertson confidently predicted would result in “reaction throughout the day” wasn’t deemed worthy of mention.
The programme did mount a rather mean spirited attack on Baby Boxes. A fantastic initiative that is due to be rolled out next week across the country, and will help struggling new mums, has been smeared by dint of a spoiler run by BBC Scotland.
What more need I say?
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