Monday, 1 November 2010

BBC anti Scottish bias.

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Plenty has been blogged about this, not least since the Question Time programme last Thursday. The BBC make no secret now of their hostility to the SNP and Scottish independence. They know as we do that OFCOM is in their pocket.Obviously Scottish independence will have a direct impact on their licence fee that they now use a private compqany to exthort. At least Mr Turpin wore a mask.

There is now an online petition to object to the BBCs shocking treatment of Scotland on a site called 38 Degrees where you can vent your spleen and add your name to the petition as I have.




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THIS WAS MY RESPONSE TO THE STANDARD REPLY THAT EVRY ONE SEEMED TO GET:




Dear person who has no name,


In view of your lamentable excuse for Dimblebys bigotry, what was the point of broadcasting from Glasgow? Your excuse does not stand up to scrutiny, the viewers in Scotland are not as guilible as you obviously think they are. The BBC in Scotland are an irrelevance and are seen as no more than a propaganda tool for Unionism in which it has a vested interest.


Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, being told by the chair David Dimbleby when she raised the subject of ‘fiscal autonomy’ that the programme was ‘for a UK audience’, a point he repeatedly made to shut her up.


Scotlands fiscal autonomy has a huge affect on the "wider UK audience," who because of the Londoncentric BBC know nothing more than the lie that the Scots are subsidy junkies living high on the hog on English taxes. You perpetuate this lie, as you did when the bigoted tones of Baroness Deech was broadcast on the Eddie Mair programme. Not the first time the BBC has had to apologise for telling lies on Scotland.


You owe us a few more apologies.


Hugh Hendry (not to be confused with the Scottish Labour MSP of similar name), but Scots-born hedge fund provocateur talking about the idiocies of ‘fiscal levers’ and how it would not help the construction industry or create one new job. He clearly had no idea what he was talking about, but was able unchallenged to babble away at great length. Loving the sound of his own voice and so in love with him self that if he was chocolate he would have gobbled him self up. What relevance has that spiv got to the UK and Scotland, apart from his cringing subservience to money and London, and the brutal torture of terrorists suspects.


All of this wasn’t a one off because five minutes later when Sturgeon dared to mention the subject of Scottish independence – the official policy of Scotland’s Government – she was told by Dimbleby not to raise it.


Dimbleby’s third insight into the nature of the UK was in a question about the use of torture, where he allowed himself to bring up the Scottish Government’s release of al-Megrahi, and then brought in each of the other four panellists – bar the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. So pardon me if I laugh out loud when I read your "One of his key roles as chairman is to keep panellists to the specific question under discussion and not to potentially divert to other party political points." Please do not be so patronising and smug.


Apart from Dimbleby’s three strikes – ‘Question Time’ was dominated in time, priorities and noise, by talking about the government’s proposed cuts to housing benefit. This was completely taken up with a discussion about London and the housing market and economy of central London, a pivotal issue for the British political classes and media, but as a London topic – a minority issue if ever there was one to the vast majority of the people of the UK. Nearly 16 minutes of the programme from Glasgow dominated by the Boris question of no relevance what ever. Anything to supress Scottish voices. And demonstrate how superior the City of London is in the mind of the BBC luvvies to Scotland. Keep the jocks in their place, eh what.


This is about more than one episode of a programme, ‘Question Time’ per se, or the conceit of a Dimbleby.

It is instead about how the BBC and wider media and political classes don’t get – and increasingly don’t understand the nature of Britain – and importantly to us north of the border, Scotland’s status, place and voice.


Scottish independence will happen and the more the BBC tries to keep the lid on Scottish public opinion the greater will be the surge for independence. The history pages on BBC Scotland are running a poll on independence which ir running at 80% for at the moment. The BBC and its Unionist sympathies have become something of a joke on this side of the wall, a bit like Yes Minister.


It is significant that you ignored the point about Megrahi or the Boris question, simply because you have no answer. Ignore Scotland at your peril. Much better all round to reflect the views of the country than to suppress. Just look at what happened to the USSR, it never works.






> ----- Original Message -----
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> Sent: 02/11/10 02:38 PM
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> To: ******************
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> Subject: Complaint Response CAS-379069-6RFR7Q
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> Dear ******************
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> Thanks for your feedback regarding ‘Question Time’ broadcast on 28 October 2010.
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> We appreciate some viewers felt chairman David Dimbleby showed anti-Scottish bias by reminding Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about the programme’s wider UK audience.
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> ‘Question Time’ approaches every edition with a broad and wide-ranging remit, covering the major events in the political landscape during the week. We travel across the UK, and local examples are often cited by audience members to highlight a wider point. However this does not mean that the programme seeks to discuss only regionally-specific matters.
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> On this occasion the panel were expressing their sentiments on the announcement of the most recent GDP figures for the UK. During this discussion Deputy First Minister Sturgeon said “there’s another point on growth, it’s important for a Scottish audience”.
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> David simply interjected to remind Deputy First Minister Sturgeon that not only was she speaking to the studio audience in Glasgow but also to viewers across the UK.
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> One of his key roles as chairman is to keep panellists to the specific question under discussion and not to potentially divert to other party political points. He was not stopping her from raising a regional/national point - as has been heard in recent weeks with the al-Megrahi case or the Corus steelworks matter - but simply reminding her of the core programme need for this point to resonate with and be relevant to a UK-wide BBC One audience.
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> Thanks for taking the time to contact us.
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> Kind Regards
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> BBC Audience Services





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