Viewing posts from February, 2014
One of the latest mantras from the No campaign is that the UK is "the most successful political union in history". Two questions immediately spring to mind: by what measure and for whom? We have never seen these questions asked or answered in the mainstream media.
During a debate with Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Scotland Tonight (STV) Johann Lamont, Leader of Labour in Scotland, makes the quite incredible claim that:
Alex Salmond gave a speech today, February 17th 2014, in Aberdeen where he reiterated the Scottish government's intention to continue a positive campaign in contrast to the sneering negativity from a string of UK coalition government ministers.
Just like his coalition government colleagues, David Cameron and William Hague, George Osborne makes an anti-independence and, in this case, an anti-Scotland speech but refuses to answer questions from the press.
"If the Scottish people are going to be better off economically and so on, I would still be against breaking away from the Union."
Jim Hood (Labour) MP,
Member for Lanark and Hamilton East
Scotland's Place in the UK, House of Commons, 6th February 2014.
So ingrained has the expectation of biased reporting from the BBC become that when you see, or hear, a balanced and factual account you are taken aback.