BBC Scotland reporting the news on racism NOT where you come from


BBC Scotland’s Disclosure Team find evidence of recent racist activity in Scotland!

Reporting Scotland, Saturday 29th September at 5.30pm, on racism in Scotland was, well, more racism NOT in Scotland.

We heard about a worthy EIS initiative to reduce racism in Scottish schools, but Reporting Scotland clearly felt they should be able to justify the project with evidence of a need for it. They couldn’t find any Scottish examples, so we had mention of the Manchester Arena bomb attack and some anecdotal tales from Anas Sarwar. I heard he didn’t get the Labour leadership because he is….rich and his family firm don’t pay the living wage.

We even heard of a rise in far-right politics. Do they mean in Scotland? Where? Who?

What we didn’t have was:

‘There were 3,349 [hate crime] charges reported [in Scotland] in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.’

Remember these figures include graffiti, passing comments and tweets on semitism (17), racism and attacks against English, East Europeans, sikhs, catholics and presumably protestants too.

In England and Wales, however:

 ‘Hate crimes have rocketed by almost a third in the UK in the past year, with unprecedented spikes around the EU referendum and terror attacks recorded by police. New figures released by the Home Office confirm victims’ reports of a dramatic increase in incidents motivated by attackers’ hostility towards their race, nationality, religion or other factors. Data from police forces across England and Wales showed there were almost 80,400 hate crimes recorded in the 2016/17 financial year.’

So, once again Scots, don’t get any ideas about being different.


13 thoughts on “BBC Scotland reporting the news on racism NOT where you come from

  1. Bugger (the Panda) September 30, 2018 / 8:01 am

    BBC and dry boaks have aft thegither

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  2. gavin September 30, 2018 / 8:20 am

    The only “racism” on view is the BBC’s perpetual Scotophobia.

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  3. Sard September 30, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Harry Flannigan of the EIS was happy to help the broadcaster. As I recall stating racism isn’t a problem in schools but in wider society.

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  4. William Henderson September 30, 2018 / 9:00 am

    Irony Alert!!!!!!!!!!!

    “So, once again Scots, don’t get any ideas about being different”

    But, John, everyone knows that Scots are dour and cranky while the people of England are gifted with a wry, pawky sense of humour.

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      • William Henderson September 30, 2018 / 12:24 pm

        Maybe I heard it on the BBC or read it somewhere in the papers – so it must be true???

        Hope ye’re feelin’ better noo.

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  5. Alasdair Macdonald September 30, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Despite your provision of statistical evidence that it is a minor (but unpleasant) problem, I am sure that there will be some ‘expert’ on race issues wheeled out to say, ‘Of course what we are seeing is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG’ and so, QED, there is a problem of racism.

    Some months ago, Professor Tom Devine demonstrated that sectarianism (“Scotland’s secret (sic) shame”) was declining rapidly and was pretty much on the periphery He also showed why claims that it was mainly directed towards RCs were wrong. This rebuttal is from a man who is a practising RC and who was rebutting assertions being made by an RC organisation. However, his article produced letters of denial, without evidence other than a few isolated incidents or references back to say the notorious pitch invasion after the 1980 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers.

    Continuing these old tropes is one of the ways that our lazy journalists avoid doing proper journalistic work.

    Last week we had the report that young people in Scotland were drinking far less alcohol. Cue outrage! The BBC phone in programme was about ‘WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE? SCOTS ARE BEVVY MERCHANTS!!’

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  6. johnrobertson834 September 30, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I need a drink after reading thst.

    Seriously, Tom Devine was very informative on that unlike James Macmillan, wealthy victim that he is.


  7. Alasdair Macdonald September 30, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Your photograph at the top of KKK members, brought to mind the possibility that the ‘Klan’ part could be linked to Scotland and racism and the fact that it is spelled with a K indicates how Scottish education has gone to the dogs since THAT SNP GOVERNMENT was elected. The fact that the KKK was founded in the 1860s only shows how the malign effects of THAT SNP GOVERNMENT can actually reach back into history. Is there no end to their infamy?

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    • johnrobertson834 October 1, 2018 / 5:36 am

      I just hope no one from the BBC has read your comment.. As for the K, clue and clucks have also been wrongly spelt, thoroughly upsetting members of the original ‘Find the Chicken Under the Kilt Game Appreciation Society’.


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