The Scottish public is not interested in the UK government’s attempt to grab devolved powers from Holyrood, a senior BBC Scotland reporter has said.
Speaking on Sunday’s Good Morning Scotland, Andrew Kerr said the power grab issue hadn’t grabbed the public’s attention.
Kerr, who is BBC Scotland’s Political Correspondent, said: “It maybe speaks to SNP supporters but it perhaps doesn’t speak to the general public.
“You know, who’s maybe worried about food-labelling, who’s maybe worried about some of the common frameworks that are actually being discussed.”
He added: “I think that’s what the UK government are kind of hoping for, that this doesn’t really grab the public’s attention.”
The BBC reporters comments were echoed by studio guest Jillian Merchant.
Claims that the public are not interested in what both the SNP and Labour in Wales have dubbed a ‘power grab’ have been aired before on BBC Scotland. Politics Scotland host Gordon Brewer recently made similar claims as did his studio guest David Torrance.
However there is concern amongst many pro-independence supporters that the broadcaster itself is deliberately downplaying the significance of the power grab and its importance to devolution. The issue, along with Brexit, is regularly placed low in the running order on the flagship news programme Reporting Scotland or ignored altogether.
A demonstration on Friday that witnessed thousands of people form a human chain around the Scottish Parliament to draw attention to the ‘power grab’ received a mere twenty seven seconds of coverage that evening and was relegated to eigth slot on the programme.