BBC Scotland accused of being complicit in propaganda exercise after Labour ScotRail stunt leads flagship news programme

BBC Scotland has been accused of being complicit in a propaganda exercise after what appeared to be a Scottish Labour inspired stunt dominated its political news output.

The broadcaster came under fire after presenting a tiny gathering of trade union reps and Scottish Labur activists outside a Glasgow railway station as a “protest” by “campaigners”.

Pictures and video released on social media suggested the ‘campaigners’ were in fact a handful of people holding a trade union banner.  The tiny group were later joined by a small group of around twelve Scottish Labour activists.

Suspicions of a co-ordinated stunt were fuelled on Monday morning when BBC Scotland news reported that a protest was scheduled to be held outside Glasgow Railway Station.

According to the pro-Union broadcaster “protestors” and “campaigners” would be calling for Dutch owned Abellio to be stripped of the ScotRail franchise.

The story was the top online article and was repeated across Radio Scotland news bulletins all day.  However video taken by a pro-independence activist revealed the extent of the so-called protest.

Despite the tiny attendance and its obvious political make-up, the stunt was chosen to lead that evening’s Reporting Scotland.  Incredibly, the political stunt was deemed more newsworthy than comments from the First Minister on the issue of a No Deal Brexit.

Suspicions that the ‘protest’ was a Scottish Labour led stunt strengthened when images of Labour MSPs and activists standing outside train stations holding Scottish Labour leaflets appeared on social media.  Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly posted a video on social media attacking the “SNP Government”.

The reporting of the stunt by BBC Scotland led to fury on social media with scores of posters condemning the broadcaster and accusing it of promoting blatant propaganda.

One tweeted: “We’ve seen the photographic & video evidence & it seems clear this was a stunt involving a few Labour Party apparatchiks, where tight shots we taken with the intent of misleading the public. It was a propaganda exercise & the BBC were complicit – stop lying to the people”

Another added: “BBC Scotland conspired with Scottish Labour to deliberately mislead viewers. That means the BBC were involved in planning a deception.”

The stunt is the latest in a series of suspicious actions by trade unions believed by many to be a deliberate attempt to help Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard.  Former GMB official Leonard was heavily backed by trade unions during the Scottish Labour leadership campaign.

ScotRail has been targeted by Unionists and their media supporters in recent days after delays and cancellations hit the train operator.  However not reported widely has been the involvement of UK Govt controlled Network Rail in over half of the delays.

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13 thoughts on “BBC Scotland accused of being complicit in propaganda exercise after Labour ScotRail stunt leads flagship news programme

  1. Jockanese Wind Talker

    The BritNat MSM are actively attempting to undermine the democratically elected Scottish Government in the pursuit of a British Nationalist Coalition Government being elected at the next Holyrood elections.

    I previously commented that BritNat Broadcasting Corporations “Scotland Shite, ‘cos EssEnnPeeBaaad 2019 will be like its 2018 offerings on steroids.

    It seems I was not wrong.

    The Phoney War is coming to an end.

    Brexit and IndyRef2 are on the horizon.

    You can smell the panic among the British Nationalists.

    Expect BritNat Broadcasting Corporation to continue doing it’s patriotic duty, defending “The Precioussss Union” as per the British Nationalist Broadcasters Royal Charter (aka ‘only obeying orders’).

    Propaganda straight oot the Joseph Goebbels play book.

    6. The Public Purposes

    The Public Purposes of the BBC are as follows.

    (4) ………and help contribute to the social cohesion and wellbeing of the United Kingdom.

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577829/57964_CM_9365_Charter_Accessible.pdf

    1. Alasdair Macdonald

      And, the subject of this morning’s phone-in…….?

      It was: ‘What would you do to improve rail services in Scotland?

  2. BuggerLePanda

    The firing gun for Indy Campaign has just been discharged by the BBC.

    Faint smell of leaking diarrhoea.

  3. Dorothy Devine

    And still they will protest their ‘impartiality’ which has become a joke to so many of us.

    The media of Scotland is requiring re-booting or at least a booting a la Father Ted versus the Bishop.

    I look forward to a day when the ‘journalists’ of Scotland can put their hand on their hearts and swear they are investigating and reporting accurately as the Fourth Estate , informing and protecting the people.

    As I am quite long in the tooth they had better get a move on repairing the damage they have done to their own reputations or I may never have the pleasure of seeing an honest in action.

  4. Andy Gaffney

    I stopped paying my licence fee years ago. I could see then that the BBC had an agenda.
    It must be having an effect. Cambuslang was shot by amateurs. Definitely not “broadcast quality”.

    Richard Leonard continually drags his “howling mongrels” before Parliament. He simply wastes time.

  5. bringiton

    It is a sad fact that current politics are almost entirely about image presentation.
    Certainly as far as the London based political parties are concerned.
    No substance required,just sound bites and glib appearance.
    The quote from David Niven about a non English speaking film director he and Errol Flynn had worked with
    “Bring on the Empty Horses” seems appropriate for these cretins.
    No substance and consequently no purpose.
    Still,perhaps that is what some people want.

  6. Robert Graham

    Everyone and their dog in the Indy movement knows what the media and Labour are up to , the SNP should be screaming blue bloody murder right now .

    A wee bit of advice to Nicola stop it , stop the detailed long answers at FMQs they ain’t listening.go for the bloody throats of these abject liars and make this clown of a preciding officer do his job.

    Now that the vindictive case against Alex Salmond has been abandoned he should immediately be reinstated in the SNP and a public apology issued , and this stupid distancing by the SNP management from appearing on his very successful show on RT should be looked at again , a brief look at the guests he has interviewed and the wide spectrum of political views makes their approach look a bit childish now , being nice to this vicious Tory government doesn’t work , wakey bloody wakey get in amongst them.

  7. Lochside

    Nicola Sturgeon is looking pretty vulnerable in this whole AS bourach. She knew about the retrospective legislation that was deliberately manipulated by Evans and McKinnon to attempt to smear AS personally and politically. The timing could not have been more apposite for undermining INDYREF2.

    Did she not see this? Did she not smell a rat or two? Particularly with her legal nous..the breaches of protocol and leaking to the despicable Leask/ Daily Record axis of evil should have been a red light to anyone, even lay people like me.

    The holier than thou ‘MEtoo’ meme that has dogged SNP strategy is embodied by this mess.
    The two complainant women’s case legitimate or not has been weaponised by McKinnon and Evans. The result: no clarification of who was really behind this. AS has been smeared , tarred and feathered by the yellow scum Britnat media that infests our lives.

    Yet the SNP leader didn’t see this coming? The enemies within have triumphed whatever the final outcome is for both NS and AS. The Britnat Deep State has its scapegoat handed on a plate because of weak and indecisive politically correct but iin reality,iwrongheaded approach to justice. This has had the knock on effect of dismantling our Independence struggle at its most critical time.

    1. millie

      Having just watched FMQs- it looks like the Salmond / Sturgeon issue will be the focus for months to come.

      I have a very uneasy feeling. The UK is imploding – and Salmond/Sturgeon are under the microscope. Who would have forseen this?

  8. Jason Smoothpiece

    Hats off and congratulations to the English regime for a fairly successful attack on Scotland.

    Even though they were caught out the whole thing has been spun as anti Scottish damage done.

    The Media and particularly the print media were very helpful in the attack.

    Well done to all Westminster agents involved excellent effort all round.

    But it wont work because we know what you are doing, sorry.

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