The above story appeared on the BBC UK website but not on the BBC Scotland website. It absolutely was not mentioned on Reporting Scotland. I’m sure you see why it just wouldn’t appeal to the editorial team at Pacific Quay. It’s a gift to the Yes campaign. Not only are the Trident submarines not wanted by most Scots because of the risks to health associated with them and the massive direct costs of having them but here is evidence that they are also being further subsidised indirectly by obliging us to pay for nuclear electricity generation so that it, in turn, will cross-subsidise the nuclear submarines:
‘Prof Andy Stirling from Sussex argues that one reason the government is willing to burden householders with the expense of nuclear energy is because it underpins the supply chain and skills base for firms such as Rolls Royce and Babcock that work on nuclear submarines. He said: “It is clear that the costs of maintaining nuclear submarine capabilities are insupportable without parallel consumer-funded civil nuclear infrastructures.”
Though presented to the Westminster Business Select Committee, the story was never going to be reported on any Scottish platform. It only made BBC UK, the Independent and Sputnik.
In contrast, this below appeared only on the Scottish website and was headlined on Reporting Scotland. Though based on a UK-wide survey by the RCGP, it did not appear on BBC UK broadcasts nor on the website. It was reported across the Scottish and English newspapers.
This is based on the usual dodgy research by a partisan group but to headline it and repeat it all day just feels like the right thing to do by our sub-conscious Unionists in Pacific Quay. Full critique here: