It’s unaccountable and it’s once again out of control. Rampaging across Scotland’s political landscape, this media beast is roaring on behalf of its Union masters and the noise is deafening.
I refer of course to BBC Scotland. The institution has gone into hyper mode as it seeks to promote the cult of Ruth and kill off Indyref2.
It’s been non-stop since last Thursday when Ruth Davidson won an historic victory in the general election in Scotland. Ruth’s Scottish Conservative party won a massive thirteen seats to the SNP’s paltry thirty five. Her win means a second independence referendum is dead in the water. I know because I heard David Mundell say so on BBC News at Ten.
BBC Scotland has resurrected Ruth Davidson’s general election campaign. The corporation picked up the ‘No Indyref2’ baton without missing a step.
On Wednesday morning radio host Kaye Adams urged people to call in to her ignorant bigot-fest of a phone-in show with the following trail: “Is it time to take a second independence referendum off the table?”
Note how Kaye’s clarion call was immediately followed by the Radio Scotland news which just happened to contain an item linking the aforementioned second independence referendum to economic woes.
BBC Scotland is engaging in the act of undermining Scotland’s democratically elected government. The broadcaster is ignoring the result of the general election and, instead of acknowledging the mandate of the winning party, it is promoting the demands of the parties that lost.
Running in parallel with this attempt to delegitimise the result of both the 2016 Scottish election and last week’s general election is a glorification of Ruth Davidson who led her party to defeat in that general election.
The veneration of Ruth Davidson has reached hysteria levels at BBC Scotland. The corporation has bestowed on her a status afforded only heads of government.
Footage of her smiling triumphantly as she left Downing Street led Reporting Scotland on Monday. Presenter Jackie Bird told viewers: “The Scottish Conservative leader attends Cabinet at Downing Street and says the government’s position on Brexit must change.”
Later BBC reporter Nick Eardley told viewers “The Scottish Tory leader wields more power than ever at Westminster…”
Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives returned thirteen MPs, Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP returned thirty five. Yet the First Minister played second fiddle to an MSP who carries no mandate whatsoever for Scotland. Moreover, Ruth Davidson has finished a distant second to Nicola Sturgeon in three successive elections.
The same programme also featured the continued assault on the SNP’s democratically won mandate to hold a second independence referendum. Glenn Campbell led the assault which included searching out any former Scottish government minister willing to challenge the wisdom of a second indyref. The programme featured SNP MSP Alex Neil.
Neil’s comments weren’t news, he said the same thing months ago. But when you’ve an agenda to pursue then anything will do.
So desperate was Glenn Campbell to get hold of any SNP figure to bolster the anti-Indyref2 argument that he even went as far as telephoning a former SNP MSP Marco Biaggi in Senegal. You can hear that particular clip below.
The clip above let’s you see how Campbell constructs his ‘news’ reports. He starts with an agenda then fills it. The opportunistic inclusion of a mediocre story from The Herald is classic Campbell. If it aids his agenda it’s in. A journalist he isn’t.
Alex Neil and Marco Biaggi weren’t the only SNP figures be handed a platform courtesy of BBC Scotland.
Kenny MacAskill, growing ever bitter since his own departure from front line politics, called for the SNP’s Chief Executive to go.
On Tuesday Glenn Campbell was still doing his best to strengthen the ‘No Indyref2’ argument further. Listen to the clip below and marvel at the number of times he or his BBC colleague Mhairi Stuart mention either independence or a second referendum.
It’s quite incredible isn’t it? All the more so when you consider the Scottish Government Cabinet meeting that prompted his report did not discuss a second independence referendum at all.
As an aside, one thing you may have missed when listening to Campbell’s item above was his airbrushing out of the Scottish Greens from Holyrood. I’ve isolated the segment in question.
Glenn Campbell appeared on Reporting Scotland that evening and presented a near carbon copy of his radio item.
BBC Scotland even went as far as to try to imply a second independence referendum, specifically brought to life by the disaster that is Brexit, could be damaging Scotland’s economy. Listen to Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson in this clip as he interviews Scotland’s economy minister Keith Brown.
This was and still is relentless propaganda. As I write this it’s still going on. Below is the intro from tonight’s [Wednesday] Reporting Scotland.
The basis for claiming a second independence referendum is harming the Scottish economy isn’t given. For the simple reason that there isn’t any. Jackie Bird, like Gary Robertson, is merely parroting Unionist politicians’ attack lines. Below is a segment of Brian Taylor’s report from the same Reporting Scotland item.
An incessant attack on Scottish democracy is being carried out by a so-called public service broadcaster. Remember that the SNP won a majority of Scottish seats in this Westminster general election. Notwithstanding some significant losses, they emerged with more seats than all three Unionist parties combined.
Yet British Nationalist losers are setting the news agenda by dint of having refused to accept the result. They’re also trying to erase the democratic mandate won by the SNP in the 2016 Holyrood election. And there’s the rub. We’re watching democracy being strangled.
It’s not a coup but it’s as close as you can get to it without removing the party of government. If Nicola Sturgeon was to bow to this media assisted pressure then why bother with elections at all? Just hand power to the loudest shouter. How long til we regress to the point where we settle differences with a battle?
This is where we have got to in Scotland. Careerist reporters reading pre-prepared scripts written by Unionist politicians. The ‘news’ narrative has already been determined. The ‘bad’ guys are the SNP.
In this new political era it isn’t votes that win elections, it’s apparently momentum. It isn’t voters who bestow mandates, it’s reporters. The TV has replaced the ballot box. The Scottish Government sits at Pacific Quay.
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