Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Last week the BBC was exposed when an audience member on its flagship Question Time programme was revealed to have been invited on to give voice to British Nationalism. Billy Mitchell’s cameo was made all the worse when it emerged Fiona Hyslop’s response to the rant was edited out by...

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Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

The weekend presenter of BBC Scotland’s flagship radio programme has admitted replacing a discussion on Brexit with one that promoted a Scottish Conservative propaganda attack. Listeners heard presenter Bill Whiteford say Brexit had been dropped from that week’s opening slot and replaced with an item on workplace parking. Introducing the...

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EXCLUSIVE: Ofcom refuses to investigate BBC Scotland complaints

EXCLUSIVE: Ofcom refuses to investigate BBC Scotland complaints

The independent broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has refused to investigate a string of complaints against BBC Scotland, Indyref2 can reveal. Correspondence seen by this site shows that Ofcom refused to investigate multiple complaints against the broadcaster, despite overwhelming evidence that breaches had occured. Complaints ignored by the watchdog include the Jenny...

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BBC Scotland will never change … because it doesn’t want to

BBC Scotland will never change … because it doesn’t want to

Question Time has prompted howls of outrage from independence supporters again. The programme, renowned for under-representing the SNP on its panels, is in the spotlight for over-representing a known right-wing loyalist. Billy Mitchell made an appearance for the fourth time on the programme. Something unheard of … unless your name’s...

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BBC Scotland is feeding another Unionist smear

BBC Scotland is feeding another Unionist smear

Below are two clips from BBC Scotland news broadcasts and an image from a BBC Scotland article. Each followed news that a Holyrood committee is to be convened to look at the Scottish government’s handling of the investigation into complaints against Alex Salmond. The chair of the committee, in keeping...

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Yes needs 55% to legitimise independence Gerry Hassan tells BBC Scotland

Yes needs 55% to legitimise independence Gerry Hassan tells BBC Scotland

A left-wing academic has claimed that a simple 50% +1 majority for Yes in a second Indyref will not be enough for Scottish independence. Gerry Hassan also claimed that no referendum could be called until the Alex Salmond situation had been concluded and that the SNP mandate won in the...

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Analysis of a Good Morning Scotland interview – Hayley Millar v John Swinney

Analysis of a Good Morning Scotland interview – Hayley Millar v John Swinney

On Thursday, January 31st Good Morning Scotland broadcast an interview. Presenter Hayley Millar interviewed Finance Secretary John Swinney. The interview centred on the amended pay offer the Scottish Government had offered teachers. At the time of the interview two teachers’ trade unions – the EIS and STA – were about...

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BBC Scotland must end this politicising of tragedy

BBC Scotland must end this politicising of tragedy

This week we learned that two babies died in a Glasgow hospital. They died after contracting a blood infection. The infection wasn’t the sole cause of death. According to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it was “one of a number of contributing causes” in both deaths. Both babies were born...

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Is the Good Morning Scotland newspaper review politically motivated?

Is the Good Morning Scotland newspaper review politically motivated?

A few days ago we posted a criticism of the Good Morning Scotland newspaper review after it featured the front page of The Herald newspaper as its lead. The front page was based on the ‘pigeon bug’ story. We suggested that the newspaper had been selected, not randomly, but deliberately...

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The pros and cons of Nicola Sturgeon’s Indyref strategy

The pros and cons of Nicola Sturgeon’s Indyref strategy

It seems everyone and their dog has advice to give to Nicola Sturgeon on the timing of a second independence referendum. They range from the credible – Alex Salmond insists now is the time – to the rather less than credible – Jim Sillars urges caution. Within the SNP ranks...

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How can BBC Scotland regain trust if it broadcasts anti-SNP garbage such as this?

How can BBC Scotland regain trust if it broadcasts anti-SNP garbage such as this?

On Saturday January 19th Good Morning Scotland broadcast a discussion featuring two journalists. The segment lasted over 11 minutes. Listeners heard Iain Macwhirter of The Herald and David Clegg of the Daily Record attack the SNP with a stream of quite outlandish claims. So bizarre were some of the claims...

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The Sturgeon smear is a perfect example of why so many Scots don’t trust Scotland’s MSM

The Sturgeon smear is a perfect example of why so many Scots don’t trust Scotland’s MSM

Alex Salmond won his court case against the Scottish government last week. The court ruled that the investigation carried out by the Scottish civil service was unlawful. Salmond, as he was fully entitled to do, called on those responsible for botching the investigation to consider...

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Is the threat of a teacher strike about politics or pay?

Is the threat of a teacher strike about politics or pay?

For as long as I can recall the EIS has threatened a teacher strike in Scotland. The first I seem to recall was in 2008, a year after the SNP won its first Holyrood election . The strike threat ran in parallel with claims from the EIS that teachers...

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

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...

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Brexit … What happens after May loses her ‘meaningful vote’?

Brexit … What happens after May loses her ‘meaningful vote’?

Theresa May appeared on the Andrew Marr programme and was asked what she’d do if she lost the forthcoming meaningful vote. Her reply was that the UK would be in uncharted territory. But what options will be available to the Prime Minister the morning after losing the vote? There are...

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How bad is Scotland’s main stream media?

How bad is Scotland’s main stream media?

Scotland’s Main Stream Media is in dire straits. When I say Main Stream Media, I am referring to the political sections of newspapers and broadcast media. Today I woke to find myself staring at a newspaper front page in disbelief. The Sunday Herald had contrived to place an...

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BBC Scotland accused of manipulating rail fare increase story

BBC Scotland accused of manipulating rail fare increase story

BBC Scotland has been accused of deliberately manipulating coverage of rail fare increases in order to obscure the fact they rose by much less in Scotland than south of the border. Rail fares in England and Wales rose by an average of 3.1%. In Scotland the increase was ten per...

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A look back at the worst of BBC Scotland in 2018

A look back at the worst of BBC Scotland in 2018

In this article we’re going to look back at the worst of BBC Scotland. Those news stories defied the BBC Charter. Bulletins that left you reaching for the remote control … to throw at the TV. Coverage that meant Jackie, Glenn, Brian, Gary, Gordon and Kaye once again failed to...

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A Scottish Constitutional Call to Arms – scottishconstitution.com

A Scottish Constitutional Call to Arms – scottishconstitution.com

Dr. Mark McNaught Scotland sits at a perilous crossroads in its history. Starting at midnight on the 29th of March 2019, the Westminster government will begin to take steps to abolish the Scottish Parliament, or at least wrest the few powers it has to Westminster and administer Scotland through David...

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BBC Scotland phone-in hands Labour councillor platform to attack SNP

BBC Scotland phone-in hands Labour councillor platform to attack SNP

A Scottish Labour councillor was handed a platform by BBC Scotland in order to mount unchallenged attacks on the SNP. Edinburgh councillor Scott Arthur appeared on a Radio Scotland phone-in programme on Friday morning. The programme had been discussing the issue of pot-holes on Scottish roads. Given the opportunity to...

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SNP “rushing to the aid of the British state” says Scottish Independence Convention member

SNP “rushing to the aid of the British state” says Scottish Independence Convention member

An executive member of an organisation that has described itself as an umbrella group for the Yes movement has accused the SNP of helping the British state. Jonathan Shafi, who sits on the executive committee of the Scottish Independence Convention , tweeted: “The SNP are the ones rushing to the...

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BBC Scotland producer accuses viewer of spreading “conspiracy tosh”

BBC Scotland producer accuses viewer of spreading “conspiracy tosh”

A senior producer at BBC Scotland has been accused of showing a lack of respect towards viewers after accusing a Reporting Scotland critic of spreading “conspiracy tosh”. Chris Wands posted the accusation after a viewer questioned coverage of the Kaiam closure by the flagship evening news programme.

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Continuity Bill – Ken Macintosh should resign as Presiding Officer

Continuity Bill – Ken Macintosh should resign as Presiding Officer

Back in February this year the Scottish Government published its own alternative to the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill. The Continuity Bill was designed to ensure devolved powers controlled by Brussels came back to Scotland after Brexit. Brussells had control over areas that are devolved to the Scottish parliament.

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A Clyde-Built Constitution for Scotland

A Clyde-Built Constitution for Scotland

David Younger I attended the launch of a Clyde-built Scottish Constitution recently in Glasgow. Althogh the attendance was disappointing it was perhaps not surprising. There is a general feeling among supporters of the drive for independence that the constitution can be dealt with after independence – an opinion which, until...

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P1 assessment complaint passed to Ofcom

P1 assessment complaint passed to Ofcom

Complaint submitted to Ofcom on Dec 12th 2018. On September 19th a vote took place in the Scottish parliament. The vote was on a motion lodged by Conservative MSP Liz Smith. The motion wording is shown below: That the Parliament believes that good-quality pupil assessment is an essential component of...

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Holyrood Brexit vote described as “meaningless” by BBC Scotland reporter

Holyrood Brexit vote described as “meaningless” by BBC Scotland reporter

A BBC Scotland reporter has provoked anger after dismissing a key Brexit vote in the Scottish parliament as “meaningless”. Andrew Kerr made the comment on the Politics Scotland programme where he was describing the anticipated coming together of the SNP, Labour, Greens and Lib Dems against Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

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SNP MP threatens to cancel TV licence over BBC Brexit debate snub to First Minister

SNP MP threatens to cancel TV licence over BBC Brexit debate snub to First Minister

An SNP MP has threatened to cancel his TV licence unless the BBC includes party leader Nicola Sturgeon in a televised Brexit debate alongside Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. Chris Law MP, who represents Dundee West, is furious at plans by the BBC to restrict a live debate on Brexit...

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Is this evidence of a pro-Brexit conspiracy within BBC Scotland?

Is this evidence of a pro-Brexit conspiracy within BBC Scotland?

Yesterday this site published a response from the BBC after a number of Brexit related complaints were submitted. The response is quite breathtaking in its defiance and in its fantasy justification for dismissing the complaints. It is so at odds with reality that whoever drafted it must have been under...

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BBC Scotland’s political editor under fire after news report pokes fun at FM’s Brexit press conference

BBC Scotland’s political editor under fire after news report pokes fun at FM’s Brexit press conference

A BBC Scotland reporter who only days ago refused to highlight key text of Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, that exposed the betrayal of Scotland’s fishing communities, has again come under fire. Brian Taylor has been slammed by critics after a news report he fronted poked fun at a Scottish government...

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Brexit will hit Scottish tax revenue by £2bn

Brexit will hit Scottish tax revenue by £2bn

Leaving the EU and ending freedom of movement could cost Scotland £2 billion in tax revenues, External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has warned. Each EU citizen coming to live and work in Scotland contributes, on average, £10,400 per year in tax. The UK Government’s proposed Brexit deal is expected to...

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Radical left website forced to correct article after complaint from National Yes Registry

Radical left website forced to correct article after complaint from National Yes Registry

A left-leaning website has been forced to issue a correction after it falsely claimed a Grassroots Yes conference had concluded currency proposals by an SNP think-tank would undermine prosperity in an independent Scotland. The correction on the Common Space website followed a meeting this weekend which saw Yes groups gather...

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It’s over for Ruth’s Tories … but what does May’s deal mean for independence?

It’s over for Ruth’s Tories … but what does May’s deal mean for independence?

Theresa May has signed up to an agreement that guarantees access to UK waters for EU fishing vessels. That’s the unpalatable truth for Ruth Davidson’s thirteen strong contingent of MPs. The agreement itself makes it clear that existing rules on fishing and quotas will endure beyond the transition period.

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BBC Scotland reporter claims fishing access not part of any Brexit agreement, despite official document text indicating otherwise

BBC Scotland reporter claims fishing access not part of any Brexit agreement, despite official document text indicating otherwise

A BBC Scotland reporter has claimed access to UK waters for EU fishing vessels is not part of the deal agreed between the EU and Theresa May, despite official documents stating otherwise. Glenn Campbell told listeners to Good Morning Scotland that Scottish Conservative MPs had been “celebrating” the fact that...

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BBC Scotland moves to protect Scottish Tories as May’s fishing betrayal is revealed

BBC Scotland moves to protect Scottish Tories as May’s fishing betrayal is revealed

The British Broadcasting Corporation in Scotland has come to the aid of the beleagured Scottish Conservatives after details of Theresa May’s fishing betrayal were revealed. Earlier today it emerged that the Tory Prime Minister had agreed a deal with the EU that will see fishing access and quotas remain part...

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Scottish fishing set to be betrayed again by a Tory government

Scottish fishing set to be betrayed again by a Tory government

Scottish fishing communities who voted Tory in the 2017 general election in expectation of foreign boats being denied access to UK waters look set to be betrayed. According to former SNP MP Angus Robertson, a leaked document shows the UK government is set to sign up to a common fisheries...

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Scotsman newspaper slammed over ‘propaganda poll’ front page

Scotsman newspaper slammed over ‘propaganda poll’ front page

A struggling Scottish newspaper has been heavily criticised after it promoted an independence poll despite suspicions the question wording was designed to confuse participants. The Scotsman newspaper front page featured a headline which read ‘60% of Scots would vote ‘remain’ in new indyref‘. According to the newspaper article, “Scots would...

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Dominic Raab calls Mundell’s integrity into question over resignation threat

Dominic Raab calls Mundell’s integrity into question over resignation threat

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has hit out at Scottish Secretary David Mundell after the latter described him as a “carpetbagger” over Raab’s resignation from Theresa May’s cabinet. Last week Mundell appeared on TV screens hitting out at his Tory MP colleague as resignations threatened to end Theresa May’s term...

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A BBC Scotland complaint – A series of Brexit falsehoods

A BBC Scotland complaint – A series of Brexit falsehoods

Complaint submitted on November 18th This complaint relates to several Brexit related broadcasts that appeared on BBC Scotland. Good Morning Scotland, Nov 1st. Presenter Gary Robertson tells listeners the ‘People’s Vote’ Campaign is “calling for another vote on whether the UK should leave the European Union…” http://indyref2.scot/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/peoples-vote-gms-011118.mp3 This is demonstrably...

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Nicola Sturgeon signals no Indyref2 without Westminster backing

Nicola Sturgeon signals no Indyref2 without Westminster backing

There will be no second independence referendum unless Westminster agrees to one, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested. The First Minister was appearing at a Women For Independence conference when she was asked about the prospect of a second independence referendum without Westminster approval. Voicing her concern that Unionists would claim an...

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BBC pundit’s pro-SNP credentials questioned after he pushes Unionist line on Northern Ireland

BBC pundit’s pro-SNP credentials questioned after he pushes Unionist line on Northern Ireland

A panelist who is regularly presented as ‘pro-SNP’ by BBC Scotland has backed Unionist arguments on the issue of a special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland. Andy Collier is a regular guest pundit on Good Morning Scotland. The journalist is introduced as “former SNP speech writer” due to his previous...

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BBC Scotland’s business editor warns of Customs Checks at the border with England if Scotland gets Northern Ireland deal

BBC Scotland’s business editor warns of Customs Checks at the border with England if Scotland gets Northern Ireland deal

A special Brexit deal for Scotland, similar to that granted to Northern Ireland, could lead to border checks on goods travelling to-and-from England, BBC Scotland’s business editor has claimed. Douglas Fraser was commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s demand that Scotland be granted the same special deal as Northern Ireland when the...

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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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