Today we heard several times from the former Coordinator of the COP26 Conference who had been summarily dismissed from her post by the PM. She is a former Conservative MP and Minister. She was heard saying that ‘the Scottish Government had behaved disgracefully in contracting the venues around the SECC’. The intention of this was to give the impression that the SG was behaving spitefully by PREVENTING these venues from being used for the Conference.However, on the BBC website the story is lead by how the PM ‘heartily and saltily’ had rejected any involvement of the SG in COP26 and the story is headlined to imply the PM’s spitefulness. The report, in its second half, then reports the often repeated broadcast quote I give above.This looks to me like propaganda by GMS.
Yes, I definitely thought this one interesting. There have already been rumours of the Scottish Government being excluded from the climate summit, so was keeping half an ear out for anything happening with it.On the radio this morning the reporting covered a few things:a) minister summarily dismissed from her post of organising this event
b) minister annoyed with SG for its seeming actions of preventing the use of buildings that she wanted to use
c) minister stating that as a consequence she suggested to PM that SG should be fully involved with planning and participating in the event
d) association made between minister being dismissed and her support for involving the SG
e) statement made on the PM view that the minister was not up to the task and was going too slowSo, what do we get out of this confusing morass of reportage? That the SG/Nicola Sturgeon is sneaky and underhand, that the PM is strong and stable, that the Minister was a bit of a radical and should not have had that job?I would say that logic dictates that for (b) she was not furious with SG, but with PM, otherwise she would not have suggested (c).What I will be really really very incredibly curious about is how the other countries attending will view the situation/event if the scottish government really is excluded.
Although it is a Labour partisan site, Left Foot Forward carries this report on what the former Coordinator, Conservative MP and Minister said.https://leftfootforward.org/2020/02/johnson-told-me-he-doesnt-get-climate-change-says-tory-ex-minister/It shows just how selective GMS has been.
Seems like the BBC in Scotland is an organisation losing its credibility, its audience and the respect of that audience. It is using tabloid-style shock stories to cover its political bias and lack of journalistic ethics, so it can appear relevant in modern Scotland.
For me, it doesn’t seem to be working, and it is paddling hard down the Swanee to catch the Hootsmon and Herod. Audience figures anyone?
Ed: around 300 000?