BBC Scotland launches MASSIVE ‘Fishing’ propaganda effort as May’s Brexit deal threatens to undermine Scottish Tories

BBC Scotland launches MASSIVE ‘Fishing’ propaganda effort as May’s Brexit deal threatens to undermine Scottish Tories

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s Scottish branch has launched a massive propaganda effort in what appears to be a bid to help Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tory party after its leaders came under pressure over Brexit. In a move that helped the Scottish Tories, the corporation sought to divert attention onto the...

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Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

Reporting Scotland has been forced into broadcasting an on-air apology after claims relating to the SNP made on the programme turned out to be false. On Monday night’s programme, viewers heard presenter Jackie Bird say former First Minister Alex Salmond had been investigated after complaints were passed to police by...

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Phantom Power – Journey to Yes … Clive Ponting

Phantom Power – Journey to Yes … Clive Ponting

Clive Ponting says Yes. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano...

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BBC Scotland and Fake Brexit news

BBC Scotland and Fake Brexit news

Lately we’ve been become aware of several BBC Scotland broadcasts that have contained false claims with respect to Brexit. Specifically the so-called ‘People’s Vote’ campaign and what it is seeking, and the apparent conflation of ‘No Deal’ with ‘Hard Brexit’. Note, we do not suggest any conspiracy or deliberate attempt...

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A BBC Scotland complaint: P1 assessment falsehoods

A BBC Scotland complaint: P1 assessment falsehoods

Complaint submitted on Nov 4th, 2018 This complaint relates to broadcasts on Good Morning Scotland and Reporting Scotland on October 25th. On October 25th various BBC Scotland presenters, referring to a motion on P1 assessments, claimed Holyrood had voted to “abandon the system”, “scrap” and “drop” P1 assessments. The broadcasts...

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Listener who complained about lack of ‘MSP Brexit vote’ coverage on GMS told to “buy a fish supper” if he wants yesterday’s news

Listener who complained about lack of ‘MSP Brexit vote’ coverage on GMS told to “buy a fish supper” if he wants yesterday’s news

A listener who complained about the lack of coverage on a flagship BBC Scotland news programme has been told to “buy a fish supper” if he wants to read “yesterday’s news”. The listener, Michael Maloney, had complained that morning news programme Good Morning Scotland had not covered a key Brexit...

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The Scottish Independence Convention must distance itself from Bella Caledonia

The Scottish Independence Convention must distance itself from Bella Caledonia

The Scottish Independence Convention launched a crowdfunding appeal last month. It was spectacularly successful, raising over £50,000 in four weeks. Yessers bought into the message of collaboration and togetherness from the revamped group. Well respected activists like Paul Kavanagh joined its board. As things stand, the all-new SIC has a...

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Norway – the twin nation … The latest in the ‘NATION’ series from Phantom Power

Norway – the twin nation … The latest in the ‘NATION’ series from Phantom Power

The Norway film tells the story of Scotland’s twin nation. We have the same population, share the oil, gas and fishing resources of the North Sea and have similar geography. But over the last 200 years Norway has withdrawn from a Union with first Denmark and then Sweden and has...

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Scotland heading for independence if Brexit goes ahead, according to new poll

Scotland heading for independence if Brexit goes ahead, according to new poll

Scottish voters are more likely to support independence in the event of Brexit, according to a new poll. A survey commisisoned by Channel 4 shows 51.39% would choose independence in a new referendum against 48.61% who would opt to stay in the Union. The survey, carried out by Survation between...

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Reporting Scotland fails to report FM’s post-Brexit concerns for NHS

Reporting Scotland fails to report FM’s post-Brexit concerns for NHS

Reporting Scotland has failed to report significant concerns raised by the First Minister for the NHS as a result of Brexit. Nicola Sturgeon was scheduled to give a keynote speech at a major cancer conference in Glasgow, and had issued a statement to coincide with the event. The SNP leader...

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Blogger accused of antisemitism calls Labour MSP accuser a “lickspittle smearing turd”

Blogger accused of antisemitism calls Labour MSP accuser a “lickspittle smearing turd”

A pro-independence blogger at the centre of a row over antisemitism has labelled one of his accusers a “lickspittle smearing turd”. The writer of the Grousebeater blog warned the Scottish Labour MSP he faces legal action for defamation. Gareth Wardell accused Neil Findlay of making false accusations after the MSP...

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David Dimbleby says Scotland’s Indyref “brutalised politics” and left people “frightened”

David Dimbleby says Scotland’s Indyref “brutalised politics” and left people “frightened”

Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby has controversially claimed the Scottish independence referendum “brutalised politics”. The Question Time presenter also claimed families were set against each other and people were frightened to put posters in their windows during the campaign. Speaking on BBC Scotland, Dimbleby said: “Here in Scotland the independence...

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A response to the Grousebeater controversy

A response to the Grousebeater controversy

By Ya’akov Sloman I have been reluctant to comment on the recent controversy concerning @Grouse_Beater’s blog post and the SNP response to it. This thread is written because I feel an obligation to express my opinion. Extracting a tweet from it for political reasons could mislead, it’s a risk. I...

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Fears of political hijack after Scottish Labour official claims teacher pay march was anti-SNP protest

Fears of political hijack after Scottish Labour official claims teacher pay march was anti-SNP protest

Fears that the Scottish Labour party is seeking to make political capital out of public-sector pay negotiations have grown after a party official claimed a march in support of teachers’ pay was a protest against the ‘SNP government’. Aidan Kerr, who is part of Scottish Labour’s communications team, made the...

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Glasgow Equal Pay lawyer claims GMB supported Action4Equality only AFTER Labour lost power in city

Glasgow Equal Pay lawyer claims GMB supported Action4Equality only AFTER Labour lost power in city

The equal rights lawyer who represents many of the women at the centre of the Glasgow Council Equal Pay row has said trade unions refused to deal with him for years after the dispute began. Stefan Cross told The Times newspaper that the GMB and Unite unions only came on...

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P1 Assessments – BBC Scotland’s lies and omissions

P1 Assessments – BBC Scotland’s lies and omissions

On September 19th a vote took place in the Scottish parliament. The vote was on a motion lodged by Tory MSP Liz Smith. The motion can be seen below. The motion very clearly calls on the Scottish government to “halt the tests in P1 and to reconsider the evidence and...

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BBC Scotland continues to mislead public over P1 assessment vote

BBC Scotland continues to mislead public over P1 assessment vote

BBC Scotland has continued to mislead the public over a Holyrood vote on primary 1 assessments. Last month a motion lodged by Conservative MSP Liz Smith attracted support of all opposition parties. The vote called on the Scottish government to “halt the tests in P1 and to reconsider the evidence...

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BBC Scotland continuing to mislead public over P1 assessment vote

BBC Scotland continuing to mislead public over P1 assessment vote

BBC Scotland has continued to mislead the public over a Holyrood vote on primary 1 assessments. Last month a motion lodged by Conservative MSP Liz Smith attracted support of all opposition parties. The vote called on the Scottish government to “halt the tests in P1 and to reconsider the evidence...

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Nicola Sturgeon expresses “contempt” for Scottish Labour over Glasgow Council equal pay dispute

Nicola Sturgeon expresses “contempt” for Scottish Labour over Glasgow Council equal pay dispute

Nicola Sturgeon has slammed the Scottish Labour party after its leader expressed “solidarity” with women who took industrial action after years of discrimination at the hands of a Labour run council. The SNP leader took to twitter to vent her disgust at MSP Richard Leonard after he said the striking...

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Scotland’s economy strengthens but Brexit uncertainty a threat

Scotland’s economy strengthens but Brexit uncertainty a threat

Scotland’s economy has continued to strengthen in the first half of 2018 with annual GDP growth the strongest since 2014 and above the UK as a whole. Independent growth forecasts suggest growth could strengthen further over the next couple of years, however, uncertainty relating to the form and timing of...

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Sturgeon/Bannon Row – BBC calls hard-right former Trump advisor “powerful and influential figure”

Sturgeon/Bannon Row – BBC calls hard-right former Trump advisor “powerful and influential figure”

Under fire BBC chiefs have hit back after Scotland’s First Minister pulled out of an event organised by the corporation after learning a hard-right former adviser to Donald Trump had been invited. Nicola Sturgeon was scheduled to speak at the Xchange event on November 13th. The annual event is co-hosted...

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Questions for BBC Scotland after Mundell denies ‘resign’ claim

Questions for BBC Scotland after Mundell denies ‘resign’ claim

BBC Scotland chiefs are facing questions after David Mundell denied threatening to resign over a proposed Brexit deal for Northern Ireland. On Sunday, BBC Scotland news claimed to have been told by ‘sources’ close to the Secretary of State that he would resign if Northern Ireland was allowed to have...

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Glasgow Council Equal Pay Dispute – The story the media isn’t telling you

Glasgow Council Equal Pay Dispute – The story the media isn’t telling you

A guest post from a reader. There was a brief discussion on the Glasgow Council equal pay dispute this weekend on Radio Scotland. Employment, Discrimination & Healthcare Lawyer Jillian Merchant complained at what she saw was a lack of coverage of the issue in the Sunday newspapers. http://indyref2.scot/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/gcc-equal-pay-14102018.mp3

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Using ‘SNP govt’ instead of ‘Scottish govt’ for controversial stories is “impartial and accurate” claims BBC watchdog

Using ‘SNP govt’ instead of ‘Scottish govt’ for controversial stories is “impartial and accurate” claims BBC watchdog

Ddescribing the Scottish government as the ‘SNP government’ on controversial news stories is not politically biased, the BBC’s own watchdog has ruled. The ruling follows a complaint by a licence payer who believed the SNP administration was being singled out unfairly by the corporation with a reporter’s use of the...

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Dear BBC Scotland … About your political interviews …

Dear BBC Scotland … About your political interviews …

Dear BBC Scotland, I’m writing to ask for clarification on your policy regarding political interviews, specifically the six interviews broadcast by Reporting Scotland on 13th September with Vince Cable, 20th September with Jeremy Corbyn, 27th September with Theresa May, 30th September with Ruth Davidson, 5th October with Keith Brown, and...

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Reporting Scotland editor forced to apologise after programme misled viewers

Reporting Scotland editor forced to apologise after programme misled viewers

The editor of Reporting Scotland has been forced to apologise after the programme misled viewers on an issue relating to autism and school exclusions. A complaint was lodged after the flagship news programme claimed that 37% of children with autism were being unlawfully expelled from school. The claim, which was...

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Reporting Scotland fails to lead with FM speech as evidence of anti-SNP bias mounts

Reporting Scotland fails to lead with FM speech as evidence of anti-SNP bias mounts

Reporting Scotland has failed to give Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech the same high-profile as that of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Instead of leading BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme, the SNP leader’s keynote speech was relegated to second spot, behind a story about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

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Scottish Tory candidate deletes ’round up Jewish families’ tweet after it causes outrage

Scottish Tory candidate deletes ’round up Jewish families’ tweet after it causes outrage

A Scottish Conservative candidate has deleted a tweet in which he suggested the SNP would endorse the rounding up of Jewish families in return for a second independence referendum. In his tweet, Paul Penman said: “The SNP would prop up an Anti-Semite PM in exchange for Indyref2 and no Trident.

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All Under One Banner marches are being misrepresented by BBC Scotland reporters

All Under One Banner marches are being misrepresented by BBC Scotland reporters

One of the most successful series of marches and rallies Scotland has ever seen is the ‘All Under One Banner’ group. An estimated one hundred thousand people attended the latest march in Edinburgh on Saturday. These marches have a very specific aim, to demonstrate the strength of support for independence.

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Kid Gloves for Ruth Davidson … Boxing Gloves for Ian Blackford

Kid Gloves for Ruth Davidson … Boxing Gloves for Ian Blackford

Below are two clips of pre-conference interviews broadcast on Sunday Politics Scotland. The first is Gordon Brewer’s interview with Ruth Davidson on September 30th. The second is Gordon Brewer’s interview with Ian Blackford on October 7th. It is clear that the BBC Scotland presenter gives the Scottish Tory leader a...

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Did Reporting Scotland treat all pre-conference party interviews equally?

Did Reporting Scotland treat all pre-conference party interviews equally?

Prior to each Autumn Conference this year, Reporting Scotland carried an item for each of the four main parties – Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives and the SNP. Indyref2 recorded each of the items in turn and each can be seen below. The reason we have reproduced each of the items...

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National Yes Registry to organise Grassroots consultation on Scottish Growth Commission

National Yes Registry to organise Grassroots consultation on Scottish Growth Commission

We would like to thank IndyRef2 for agreeing to publish this and help us get the word out across the movement as widely as possible. It is very much appreciated. A little background: Following successful discussions at our recent national meeting of IndyApp Group Editors in Dunblane on September 22nd,...

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BBC Scotland launches ‘counter-offensive’ after Yes group announces ‘ban’ victory

BBC Scotland launches ‘counter-offensive’ after Yes group announces ‘ban’ victory

BBC Scotland has launched what appears to be a counter offensive after a pro-independence campaign group declared victory in a stand-off with an unelected quango. Earlier this afternoon the pro-Yes ‘All Under One Banner’ group declared victory after Historic Environment Scotland sought to ban tens of thousands of...

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Reporting Scotland is playing down a major Brexit story

Reporting Scotland is playing down a major Brexit story

This morning a story broke regarding a Brexit warning from the Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, Ross McEwan. McEwan told the BBC that a “Hard Brexit” might lead to the UK economy going into recession. He also claimed that firms were holding back on investment because of the...

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How Reporting Scotland played down, then dropped, a major Brexit story

How Reporting Scotland played down, then dropped, a major Brexit story

This morning a story broke regarding a Brexit warning from the Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, Ross McEwan. McEwan told the BBC that a “Hard Brexit” might lead to the UK economy going into recession. He also claimed that firms were holding back on investment because of the...

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Carers receive cash boost from Scottish Government

Carers receive cash boost from Scottish Government

More than 75,000 carers are to see the Carer’s Allowance Supplement increase thanks to the Scottish Government. Carers are getting an additional payment of £442 this financial year, in two payments of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week and an increase of 13% on the current Carer’s Allowance....

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BBC dismisses complaint over Jenny Marra NHS-payout ‘fake news’

BBC dismisses complaint over Jenny Marra NHS-payout ‘fake news’

The BBC’s internal watchdog has dismissed a complaint against BBC Scotland after the Glasgow based broadcaster allowed false claims from a Labour MSP to dominate its news coverage. The Editorial Complaints Unit said Pacific Quay behaved appropriately when it allowed an accusation from MSP Jenny Marra to lead its...

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BBC Scotland defends ‘scrap’ claim on its P1-assessment-vote news bulletins

BBC Scotland defends ‘scrap’ claim on its P1-assessment-vote news bulletins

News bulletins claiming MSPs had voted to “scrap” P1 assessments, despite the motion merely asking they be halted, were not misleading as some MSPs who voted had wanted them scrapped, BBC Scotland has claimed. The broadcaster was responding to a complaint after radio and TV news bulletins reported that “MSPs...

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Nothing wrong with calling the Scottish Govt the ‘SNP Govt’ says defiant BBC

Nothing wrong with calling the Scottish Govt the ‘SNP Govt’ says defiant BBC

Reporters at BBC Scotland do not habitually call the Scottish government the ‘SNP government’ whenever reporting on controversial policies, an official has claimed. In a response to a recent complaint, the Editor of Radio News also insisted there is nothing wrong with using the term because ‘SNP ministers’ also...

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A BBC Scotland complaint – P1 assessments and bias by omission

A BBC Scotland complaint – P1 assessments and bias by omission

The following complaint relates to coverage on Reporting Scotland of the Primary One assessment issue and the vote that took place in the Scottish Parliament on 19th Sept 2018. Complaint submitted to the BBC on Sept 27th On 18th Sept, Reporting Scotland broadcast an item on P1 assessments. The item...

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Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

A women’s rights campaign group has questioned the validity of an ‘innocent’ verdict reached by the Scottish Conservatives after sexual harrassment complaints were made against one of its own MSPs. Rape Crisis Scotland issued its statement after news emerged that Ruth Davidson’s party had cleared one of its MSPs after...

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A BBC Scotland complaint – Gordon Brewer … ‘the SNP government’

A BBC Scotland complaint – Gordon Brewer … ‘the SNP government’

The following complaint relates to comments made by BBC Scotland presenter Gordon Brewer on the Sunday edition of Good Morning Scotland. Discussing the controversial issue of P1 assessments, the presenter referred to the “SNP government” instead of the technically correct “Scottish government”. Complaint submitted Sept 20th On the weekend edition...

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A BBC Scotland complaint – MSPs didn’t vote to ‘scrap’ P1 assessments

A BBC Scotland complaint – MSPs didn’t vote to ‘scrap’ P1 assessments

The following complaint was submitted to the BBC following several broadcasts which falsely claimed MSPs had voted to “scrap” standardised P1 assessments. Complaint submitted Sept 20th On Wednesday, Sept 19th a vote took place in the Scottish parliament. MSPs voted on a motion to halt standardised P1 assessments and called...

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Ruth Davidson’s self-harm revelations a ‘calculated move’ says BBC Scotland media pundit

Ruth Davidson’s self-harm revelations a ‘calculated move’ says BBC Scotland media pundit

A revelation from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, that she self-harmed as a teenager, was a “calculated move” a BBC Scotland media expert has said. Speaking on the John Beattie Show, Eamonn O’Neil said he had sympathy for Davidson’s experiences, but said: “I can’t help but think this was a...

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BBC Scotland under fire after falsely claiming MSPs voted to scrap P1 assessments

BBC Scotland under fire after falsely claiming MSPs voted to scrap P1 assessments

BBC Scotland has come under fire on social media after falsely claiming MSPs had voted to scrap standardised assessments for Primary 1 pupils. Following a vote in the Scottish parliament, which witnessed the Scottish government narrowly defeated, newsreader Jackie Bird said: “MSPs vote to scrap primary one assessments. The education...

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Ruth Davidson – Fake policies, fake news and a fake politician

Ruth Davidson – Fake policies, fake news and a fake politician

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.

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BBC reporter claims Lib Dems are the only anti-Brexit party in UK

BBC reporter claims Lib Dems are the only anti-Brexit party in UK

A BBC reporter has claimed the Lib Dems are the only party in the UK that opposes Brexit. Political Correspondent Jonathan Blake made the claim when reporting from the party’s conference in Brighton. Reporting on a conference speech by Tom Brake, viewers heard the reporter say: “… of course the...

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Trust in BBC Scotland sinks further after broadcaster runs Ruth Davidson promo

Trust in BBC Scotland sinks further after broadcaster runs Ruth Davidson promo

Trust in BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs department has plummeted further after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was provided with a platform to call for backing for Theresa May. The Tory MSP appeared on prime time news bulletins urging critics of the Prime Minister to back off. Davidson appeared...

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FM exposes Ruth Davidson’s hypocrisy on P1 assessments and labels Scottish Tories “shameless opportunists”

FM exposes Ruth Davidson’s hypocrisy on P1 assessments and labels Scottish Tories “shameless opportunists”

Nicola Sturgeon has labelled Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories “shameless opportunists” as it emerged the Scottish Tory leader was planning to call for the scrapping of a policy she herself had demanded. In a highly charged First Minister’s Questions, Davidson had sought to highlight what she claimed was a lack of...

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