It’s Saturday morning and I’ve just switched on the radio to listen to BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship programme Good Morning Scotland. What I was presented with shocked me, such was the extent of the pro-Union bias the broadcast contained.
Co-presenter Bill Whiteford introduced two guests. Both men then proceeded to discuss the issue of Scottish independence in the context of the Brexit vote. The full recording is reproduced below.
The discussion is extraordinary. It is openly biased against independence. There is little or no attempt to pose counter arguments. That though isn’t surprising given the background of the two guests who listeners are told are Ronald MacDonald and John McLaren.
Ronald MacDonald was a key supporter of the pro-Union Better Together campaign during the last independence referendum. But listeners are not told of this.
McLaren’s political background, with links to the Labour party clear, can be seen below.
McLaren used to be part of the now defunct CPPR which regularly issued reports which challenged the Scottish Government figures relating to independence.
During the referendum campaign the CPPR sought funding for its referendum work from the UK Treasury and the Scotland Office. I know this to be true because I have the response to the Freedom of Information request made to Glasgow University, which used to house the CPPR. A section of the email communication is reproduced below.
Thus, on Saturday morning, BBC Radio Scotland presented as neutral, two pundits whose respective backgrounds indicated they were anything but. Even host Bill Whiteford, in his own contribution, adopted a pro-Union stance.
It’s simply not possible to try to debunk all of the claims contained in the discussion. There were just so many. I’ve compiled a quick summary list.
1. Scotland would have to have its own currency
2. It would have to break with Sterling
3. Would need separate currency to deal with oil shocks seen in recent days
4. No way indy Scotland could fix its currency
5. Friction with UK trade
6. Joining euro inevitable
7. Lots of unknown unknowns
8. Extraordinary difficulties with tariff barriers
9. Staying in the EU means losing trade with the UK
10. Trading will become more difficult
11. Euro is the natural currency zone
12. Scotland gets “literally zero” from oil
13. Oil income not likely to come back any time soon
14. Eurozone may break
15. Scotland will be like Greece without the sun
16. Eurozone may not be there in a few years
17. Change in oil price has had a “massive effect” on Scotland
18. Indy Scotland would have a very large fiscal deficit
19. Scottish economy would be in “very bad shape” had Yes won in 2014
20. Be a similar story now
21. Scotland would be very sensitive to change in oil price
The discussion wasn’t impartial in any way, shape or form. Two guests were simply allowed to make assertions completely unchallenged.
Days ago I drafted an article that accused the BBC of effectively resurrecting the Better Together campaign in the wake of the Brexit vote. The article has been read by over 23,000 people. Project Fear Mk2 is up and running.
This was something I warned about fully one year ago. In an article on the Ponsonby Post I wrote the following:
A party which won the General election in only one part of the UK – England – is imposing policies on Scotland that we reject. It is refusing to implement policies we voted for. The Tories are acting with impunity because the Scottish media’s intrinsic Unionism means it is unwilling to highlight what is going on for fear of stoking up resentment.
So my advice for anyone reading this article is simple. Buckle up and get ready for Project Fear Mk2. The scares and smears are coming back. The Unionists own the media. They still run the BBC in Scotland.
The BBC promoted the No campaign’s claims during the last independence referendum. It’s happening again folks, and there’s not a damned thing we can do to prevent it. But who’s going to expose it? I’m doing my bit.
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[Notice – The documentary based on my book ‘London Calling: How the BBC stole the referendum‘ is nearing completion. There have been some issues that have led to delays in the final production phase. One of these has been caused by the Brexit vote and which may mean minor changes to the end of the documentary. The producer is working to a very high production value that will be evident when the documentary is finally released. Current date for release is now August.]