I think it’s safe to assume that Ruth Davidson is never going to be questioned by anyone at BBC Scotland over the racism and bigotry that resides within her party.
She might be asked a token question at some point in the future, but let’s face it, the buffalo gal has ridden out the storm.
The final act in the farce that was BBC Scotland’s coverage of the episode played out last week when a BBC camera crew was despatched to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to film Ruth Davidson. The footage can be seen below.
When it appeared on Reporting Scotland, the item was fronted by Nick Eardley. Naturally I, along with many others, assumed Eardley had been involved in the filming.
My article – Ruth, Racism and Bigotry – Now BBC Scotland has questions to answer – cited Eardley as the frontman.
But I was wrong, as Eardley made clear in a subsequent ‘helpful’ tweet.
I ignored the ‘conspiracy theory’ jibe.
My immediate thoughts were why did Nick Eardley present the Reporting Scotland item if he hadn’t been involved in the filming?
If he wasn’t involved, then who filmed Ruth?
I posted my questions to Eardley. This time the response was rather less helpful.
I’m not going to let you try and bully my other colleagues. I presented it because I know the story.
I ended the exchange there and then and blocked Eardley. I had no wish to find myself accused of online bullying or harrassment. However the exchange, rather than clarifying the situation regarding Ruth Davidson’s statement and the lack of any questions to the Scottish Conservative leader, served only to cloud it further.
Who arranged for a film crew to be despatched to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and why there?
On the day in question [Aug 24th] Ruth Davidson was scheduled to take part in an Edinburgh International Television Festival event with Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow.
The event, which was part of his MacTaggart Lecture, had been well publicised. Davidson’s participation was advertised two weeks earlier.
Scottish Conservative MSP Ruth Davidson will go head-to-head with the Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, in the post MacTaggart session.
In the Post MacTaggart Interview, the Scottish Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, will pose questions and debate the central themes raised in Jon Snow’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.
Ruth Davidson has been running scared from interviews. She has refused to appear on BBC Radio Scotland to face questions on the racism/bigotry scandal. BBC presenters are tweeting that she is unavailable for interview.
But can BBC Scotland maintain the ‘Ruth-not-available-for-interview’ line when she is simultaneously publicly appearing, and answering questions (!), at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. No it can’t. And what’s more it knows it can’t. Ruth Davidson was exposed and vulnerable.
Is it beyond the realms of possibility that a mutually convenient solution was hatched, whereby a BBC crew would meet Ruth outside the venue where the Scottish Conservative leader would deliver her scripted statement to camera? The quid-pro-quo would require a guarantee no questions would be asked.
The BBC will surely have had a crew in attendance – perhaps from London. It is after all a huge international media event taking place at the height of the Edinburgh Festival. A quick call is all it would have taken to set things up.
Nick Eardley himself might have inadvertently given the game away when he stated “I presented it because I know the story.” This implies the crew who filmed Davidson didn’t know the story. This suggests it wasn’t a BBC Scotland crew.
I don’t know if the scenario above is accurate or not and Nick Eardley definitely isn’t saying. But it would explain why Eardley fronted a video piece he had no part in filming. It also explains why Davidson fielded not one single question if the crew had no idea of the back story.
Whatever the truth, the whole situation stinks to high heaven. It’s the stench of institutional corruption.
Thanks to poster Andy Inglis who provided much of this information in a comment on another article.
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