This appeared on Friday 14th. We’re grateful to reader Scott for alerting us to it. Here’s the main part:
‘Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories to vote down a key amendment to the Fisheries Bill which would have required UK government ministers getting consent from Holyrood over fishing opportunities, rather than being able to bypass them.
As it stands, the Fisheries Bill would only require UK government ministers to inform and consult Scottish ministers but would give no meaningful say or veto to Holyrood over protecting Scotland’s fishing interests.
Brendan O’Hara MP (pictured), who sits on the Public Bill Committee which has been scrutinising the Bill, warned that the move was another dangerous shift towards a Westminster Brexit power grab, and the reality that Scottish Labour MPs are working with Scottish Tory MPs to sell-out Scotland’s economic interests and industries.
The amendment – proposed by SNP MPs Brendan O’Hara and Alan Brown – was voted down at the Public Bill Committee considering the UK Fisheries Bill, including by Labour’s Paul Sweeney MP.’
The story has all the expected features of a headline story – national importance, contemporary relevance, shock, betrayal, hypocrisy. Journalists love that kind of thing, don’t they?
It hasn’t made any of the TV broadcasts to my knowledge and it fails to make the BBC Scotland News website today. Parochial or whit? The FM and EU just make it into the bottom right-hand corner:
BBC UK do better:
BBC Scotland have been very keen on the ‘Brexit and Scottish Fisheries’ topic before:
So, just as the underlying narrative switches from Scottish Conservatives (pretend to) fight to protect Scottish fisheries to Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour MPs collude to betray Scottish Fisheries, they’re looking the other way, up a railway track in the hope of a delay. I name the concept ‘Bias by Recoil.’