Only Unionists see nothing wrong in using a child’s murder for political gain

bbc introHow low will Scottish Unionism and its media allies go in their joint quest to defeat the SNP?  The answer is as low as it takes.

This past week has witnessed attempts to use the death of young Liam Fee as a stick with which to beat the SNP’s ‘Named Person’ policy.  The crass politicisation of a child’s murder began with a tweet from the leader of the Scottish Conservative party Ruth Davidson.

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The inaccurate tweet was of course in response to a question posed by the BBC Scotland late night current affairs programme Scotland 2016, which had asked “Could the government’s new Named Persons Scheme help prevent cases like the murder of Liam Fee in the future?”

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The BBC has of course played a major part in the politicising of the death of Liam Fee and the use of the murder as a weapon against the ‘Named Person’ policy.  The day after Liam’s mother and her partner were found guilty of murdering the child, BBC Scotland was pumping out news bulletins attacking the policy and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.


The wording of the bulletins, which reported Sturgeon as having ‘refused’ to answer questions on whether Liam Fee had a named person, were designed to imply a cover-up or similar on the part of the First Minister.  The bulletins were also pushing the Unionist line that the ‘Named Person’ policy had somehow failed in relation to Liam Fee.

That evening’s Reporting Scotland took a similar approach to the issue and conflated the tragic murder of Liam with a policy that had played no part in the case and had no relevance.  Note how Reporting Scotland conflated criticism of existing structures within Fife Council with the yet to be implemented ‘Named Person’ policy.

BBC Scotland was fully on board with the attempt to discredit ‘Named Person’ by using the murder of Liam.  That was confirmed on Sunday when Gordon Brewer interviewed Childrens’ Commissioner Tam Baillie after the latter had criticised the use of the Liam Fee case to attack the ‘Named Person’ policy.

Brewer took on the role not of devil’s advocate but of village idiot, and repeatedly refused to acknowledge the very clear points Baillie made.   The Liam Fee case was not relevant to the debate over ‘Named Person’ because Liam’s case had already passed beyond the level at which ‘Named Person’ would have introduced it into the system.

Tam Baillie’s point was so easy to understand that I have come to the conclusion the ‘interview’ was a set up.  It had nothing to do with examining Baillie’s arguments re: the politicising of a child’s death and was more an attempt at undermining the official for daring to call out those parties who were guilty of having done so.  One of which was BBC Scotland.


The Scottish Conservatives are to raise the issue of ‘Named Person’ in a Holyrood debate this week.  The party, having hitched the death of Liam Fee to their anti-Named Person wagon, will call for the policy to be scrapped.

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BBC Scotland will headline the debate in its usual fashion.  ‘Named Person’ will be described by the broadcaster as a ‘controversial SNP flagship policy’.  Despite clear evidence showing the policy to be completely irrelevant to the murder of the child, it will also be linked to the Liam Fee case.

BBC Scotland has behaved as badly as those fundamental Unionists who so loathe the SNP that they see nothing wrong in using the death of a child in order to mount an attack on a Scottish government policy.  That TV licence cash supports this political propaganda is sickening.

SNP politicians might do well to take a leaf out of Tam Baillie’s book and call out this disgusting politicking.  I have a hunch that most Scots would side with them.

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4 thoughts on “Only Unionists see nothing wrong in using a child’s murder for political gain

  1. John

    Every word you say is correct ,my take on these things are exactly the same as yours .It will not matter what the story is , whether it is a child that is failed by Social Services , moratorium on fracking , named person ,offensive behaviour etc.etc.. ,the Scottish unionists will go after the SNP relentlessly . Absolutely everything will be the SNP’s fault and it will continue on for the next five years . With the BBC as their biggest ally they have it made . My worry is that by the end of that time so much venom will be spewed out that we could see the support for the SNP significantly drop ,people will start to think there’s no smoke without fire and believe all the lies , for that is what they will be ,lies . They don’t care what they say or print , anything to make an SNP baad headline . We could be back at square one , where we have a co-elision government again , independence forgotten forever ,and Scotland tied up nicely and put back in it’s little box .

  2. Ian Clark

    Tam Baillie could have tried out this analogy on Brewer in an attempt to break the repetitious nature of their conversation.

    A child dies in a house fire because the mother didn’t get him out quickly enough when she smelled smoke and realised there could be a problem. The father, who was away from home a lot because of his work, had previously installed a new type of fire alarm which some people say will be too noisy. It is unclear if it had been switched on or not.

    The thinking of most decent humans will be that this is a tragedy, but one which probably could have been prevented. We will need to find out why the mother did not get the child out quickly enough. Afterwards, action may possibly be taken against her for negligence. We certainly need to try and prevent something similar happening again. The effectiveness or otherwise of the fire alarm is a separate issue which may have to be looked at, but it has nothing to do with this case.

    Easy to grasp, but as you said, Brewer was acting out the role of the the village idiot. I don’t think it would have mattered if Tam Baillie had been explaining that 1+1 = 2. The search for knowledge and understanding played no part in Brewer’s performance. That interview was part of a unionist script.

    We don’t like the father so focus on the fire alarm. It doesn’t matter that just about anybody can see that the fire alarm is a red herring and that the father is blameless in this case. The BBC and the rest of our media will make sure that the story is spun in such a way that, when added to other similarly slanted stories, people will hopefully come to question the competence of the father. Eventually the father will be rejected.

    Many people rightly hold Tories in contempt. We need to significantly increase the number who view the BBC similarly. The SNP will probably continue to exercise caution over challenging the BBC, so I suspect it will be up to us to enlighten people about how biased it is.

  3. Iain Barker

    They don’t find anything wrong with using the death or maiming of workers if a building project just happens to run over its schedule either. The Yoons just have a callous disregard for life.

  4. Andy Pearson

    Maybe the SNP could use ‘arms length’ responders to be interviewed by the BBC. I.e. someone who supports the policy under attack but who is not the government.

    BBC can’t then attack the interviewee as being SNP and if are seen to continually attack the ‘ordinary’ people being interviewed this may over time sicken the viewer to their antics.

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