It is the UK Government that will decide and it is BBC Scotland that will just tell you that they will decide! Don’t expect any of our much-vaunted balance here, Narrow Nats!




‘It is the UK that is negotiating to leave the European Union. It is the UK that voted to leave the European Union and it is the UK Government that has the task of conducting the negotiations!’

BBC Scotland’s report this morning, Monday 3rd October 2016 at 06:26 and repeated every 30 minutes, gave us seven sentences, four stating the PM’s view but only one opposing her. Mike Russell, ‘SNP’ not ‘Scottish Government’ Minister for Brexit, we heard, said that it was ‘crucial that the Scottish Government is fully involved.’ Why SNP and not Scottish Government? We didn’t get to see or hear Mike directly. It’s understandable. They didn’t want him weakening the full blast of Theresa’s triple whammy – two IS and one HAS. We got Theresa’s full imperial sound-bite, delivered in £1 395 worth of dress, designed by Victoria Beckham’s favourite designer.  It was such an imbalanced piece that I’m tempted to give it a 3 in my table below. I won’t.

The full list of despair for this morning’s anxious viewer was:

  1. An oil rig leak
  2. Theresa May’s speech
  3. A rail strike
  4. Council chief executives’ additional payments
  5. An opinion poll reveals Scotland’s dreadful work life balances

It’s all a bit gloomy and so, as I’ve explained in earlier reports, bad for the government of the day. I’m going to add 2 and 5 as bad news for the SG and 2 as good news for the Tories. It is of course a first entry into the charts for the Scottish Tories despite umpteen faux pas somehow missed by BBC Scotland. Again, see earlier reports for this.

Running Total:

Running total 21 to 3/10/16*                                           Number of reports

Bad news for SG/SNP                                                            11

Good news for SG/SNP                                                         4

Bad news for Labour                                                              1

Good news for Labour                                                           5

Bad news for CP                                                                      0

Good news for CP                                                                   1

* Monday to Friday only

The trend continues and deepens? And, we don’t even have a date for IndyRef2!

Earlier reports mentioned above:

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11 thoughts on “It is the UK Government that will decide and it is BBC Scotland that will just tell you that they will decide! Don’t expect any of our much-vaunted balance here, Narrow Nats!

  1. Clydebuilt October 3, 2016 / 10:03 am

    BBC Radio Scotland 9am News “Mike Russell Scotland’s So Called Brexit Minister”

    BBC Radio Scotland 10am News. The title given was so long winded I didn’t take it down ……. Basically I Think it ment Scotland’s Brexit Minister,

    So they probably got a phone call of complaint from the Government, and this was their cheeky response.
    Akin to refusing to call ISIL…. Daesh…..because that was Alex Salmond’s suggestion.


  2. caltonjock October 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

    and all this from an accidental Prime Minister.


    • johnrobertson834 October 8, 2016 / 5:12 am

      Yes, no mandate but then psychopaths have a sense of entitlement regardless. Actually ‘regardless’ is a very good word for them. I’ve worked with a few.

      PS Hope you are well.


      • caltonjock October 8, 2016 / 7:30 am

        I’m fine. Bit concerned about Syria. Putin intends setting up a permanent base in Syria guaranteeing Assad’s government support. Retaking the Golan Heights is Assad’s priority after seeing off the rebels and the Israeli’s will fight to retain the ground.


  3. johnrobertson834 October 9, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Interesting lesson for me on headlines this weekend. My piece on the SNP overturning Lab maj in Garscadden running close to 2 000 views. This one 80.


  4. caltonjock October 9, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    I experience the same pattern.Posts giving precedence to wider UK and/or worldly events are read by a core band of readers who follow my ramblings. Posts about Scottish matters often achieve a very high hit rate, One of my Dugdale posts achieved 2700 hits in 2 days.


    • johnrobertson834 October 10, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      It’s tempting to feed the beast but we’re better than that aren’t we?


      • caltonjock October 10, 2016 / 2:03 pm

        Yup! I write whatever catches my attention.


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