Did you know that the Scottish government is coming under pressure over the issue of historic child abuse in football? I do. I know because I heard it on Good Morning Scotland.
Listen to the clip below.
Listeners are told ‘pressure is growing’. This apparent ‘pressure’ is being exerted by a leading human rights lawyer named Raju Bhatt.
So let’s listen to what Mr Bhatt had to say when asked very specifically if the current child abuse inquiry be widened to include historic abuse at football.
Raju Bhatt says to attempt to widen the ongoing inquiry into historic child abuse would “cripple it”. In that moment he exposes the claims being broadcast by Good Morning Scotland as fabrication. There is no pressure being exerted on Scottish ministers to widen the scope of their ongoing child abuse inquiry. On the contrary, Raju Bhatt backs Nicola Sturgeon’s decision.
So what’s going on? Good Morning Scotland is pushing a Scottish Labour inspired line. Kezia Dugdale has demanded the inquiry be widened. But that isn’t pressure. It’s just Scottish Labour trying to weaponise the football child abuse issue that’s currently hit the headlines.
BBC Scotland needed to create an impression of pressure. So it used a leading human rights lawyer to do it. The impression was created that Nicola Sturgeon was standing in the way of calls from a leading rights lawyer, and others, who were asking for an inquiry into historic child abuse at football.
Using child abuse to craft an SNP Bad narrative is about as low as it gets.
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