By Alan Knight
In an article exactly one week ago I predicted that our main stream media machine was going to promote a scam attack on the SNP. The attack would centre on Primary One standardised assessments. At the centre of the scam would be Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories.
Below is a short extract from my article.
This is the beginning of a coordinated attack on the SNP … In the vanguard will be BBC Scotland.
… the Scottish Conservatives are going to vote against national standardised tests for primary 1 pupils. A policy they themselves called for. A policy Ruth Davidson boasted of having called for.
This is political opportunism. Indeed it’s probably more accurate to call it political corruption.
For this attack to succeed requires … the media to refuse to cover this act of political corruption. In short, it requires a marriage of political corruption with media corruption.
The attack is indeed underway and BBC Scotland is, as I predicted, in the vanguard.
On Sunday the broadaster led its online news with just such an attack. John Swinney was presented on the defensive.
The de-facto attack on the Scottish government education minister was also included in Radio Scotland news bulletins.
Missing from the online article and the radio news bulletin was any mention of Ruth Davidson’s Tories. This is despite the fact that it is a Scottish Tory motion that Holyrood will be voting on. The motion will call on the Scottish government to scrap P1 standardised assessments. The same policy that Ruth Davidson demanded be introduced in her 2016 party manifesto as can be seen in the image.
So why did BBC Scotland fail to mention this significant aspect of the story? For the same reason Reporting Scotland failed to cover the scam when Nicola Sturgeon raised it at FMQ’s last week.
Yes, that’s right. Nicola Sturgeon exposed the Scottish Tory scam last Thursday, but BBC Scotland didn’t think it worthy of coverage on its flagship evening news programme. And things got a whole lot worse.
The day after refusing to report the FM’s comments, who should pop up on Reporting Scotland but none other than Ruth Davidson. Davidson’s appearance shocked many on social media. Why? Because the previous day Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson revealed that Davidson had insisted she would not be available for interviews until her party conference.
But what about the Reporting Scotland interview? Its purpose was clear. Ruth Davidson was being given a platform to issue a statement defending Theresa May.
Her defence of the Prime Minister led the BBC Scotland news reports. The Reporting Scotland set-piece was just as much a scam as the Primary One assessment attack is.
Indeed, Davidson wasn’t questioned on her forthcoming motion calling for Primary One assessments to be scrapped. Yet BBC Scotland already knew the motion was going to feature prominently in its news coverage. It was the number one issue on Sunday’s politics programme where John Swinney was aggressively questioned by Gordon Brewer and asked whether the SNP administration would respect the vote.
Below is what I wrote last week:
SNP politicians will face aggressive interviews asking if they will respect the ‘will of parliament’.
The programme featured Daily Record political editor David Clegg and a former Lib Dem MSP Margaret Smith who both pushed the same anti-SNP narrative.
Below is what I wrote last week:
Discussions will take place featuring newspaper journalists and other trusted pundits. They will all say the same thing. There will be media unity.
It also appeared on Reporting Scotland later that evening. The P1 assessment attack was wedged in between two quite incredible promotion pieces for Ruth Davidson. You have to watch the clip below to appreciate the extent of what effectively is political propaganda masquerading as news.
On the P1 assessment attack, below is what I wrote last week:
Reporting Scotland will lead its programme with the ‘growing pressure’ Nicola Sturgeon is ‘coming under’.
Everything I said was going to happen has indeed happened. The media has promoted the Primary One assessment stunt without highlighting Ruth Davidson’s chicanery.
What I didn’t anticipate was that the media would engage in an orgy of ‘Ruthmania’ simultaneously. Ruth you see has a book to promote. Ruth revealed in her book that she used to self-harm. David Clegg and former BBC Scotland reporter Penny Taylor turned up on the Sunday Good Morning Scotland newspaper review.
This was saturation propaganda, aided and abetted by the state broadcaster. There wasn’t a hint of genuine journalism in any of the coverage. It was an incestuous orgy of like-minded media figures nodding in agreement.
Leaving aside the Primary One assessment attack which will gather pace this coming Wednesday, we have the promotion of a media-created fraud-politician whose mythical ‘success’ has never been truly defined. Ruth Davidson is a success only because the media continually say she is. The orgy of adulation was all over the BBC.
What do I think of her ‘self-harm’ revelations? I don’t think anything of them. Davidson is a self-promoting charlatan who has defended the Rape Clause and whose party has introduced policies that have led to vulnerable people taking their own lives.
So where does that leave us? BBC Scotland, the dancing gargoyle of fake news, half-truths and bogus-journalism, continues to use Scottish TV licence payers’ cash to promote the media-celebrity Ruth Davidson. It promotes an attack on the SNP while omitting factual information essential to balanced journalism.
But, as we well know, the BBC doesn’t do ‘fair and balanced’ – it continues to infantilise the Scottish population with its desperate, grotesque propaganda. Question Ruth on her assessment test scam? Are you kidding? Look what she’s been through. Have we told you how brave she is?
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