Early today and to be repeated every 30 minutes across TV and radio broadcasts:
A care home boss has told the BBC it’s taking more than a week for his staff to receive the results of the regular testing for coronavirus
Robert Kilgour is not just ‘a care home boss.’ He is not the voice of the care home industry. He is a Conservative party donor and chair of the Scottish Business UK group which campaigns against a second independence referendum. He has also funded Think Scotland a conservative-minded website which campaigned to leave the EU.
Yet, once more we see him on BBC Scotland as the apparent voice of the care home industry in Scotland to complain about the Scottish Government’s performance.
Here’s a wee thought. As an affluent businessman, by his own account, why doesn’t he pay privately for the tests to be done quickly, from the enormous fees he charges and which the taxpayer in the end meets?
Why is he there on our screens? Is he the editor’s go-to-guy for a story, as with Prof Pennington or the GMB’s Gary Smith? Does he contact them and they just roll over? Either way the outcome is bias, propaganda.
None of this is new, sadly. In 2018, Wings had this:
Too much to expect BBC to mention that Robert KIlgour who is bumping his gums about care homes is a significant Tory donor and set up a Scottish business campaign group to oppose a future independence referendum, warning that supporters of union with the UK have become too complacent about the threat of secession. The Scottish Business UK group founded by care home entrepreneur Robert Kilgour will announce this month the creation of an advisory board that includes a leading publisher and a former chairman of employers’ lobby CBI Scotland. Also Think Scotland, a conservative-minded website is funded by Scottish unionist businessman Robert Kilgour. Think Scotland is owned by former Tory MSP [now Brexit MSP living in France] Brian Monteith.
BBC Scotland are not alone in this:
‘Pro-independence’ newspaper, the National, has also given Kilgour space to complain, about PPE orders his staff fail to make in time, apparently unaware of his background or agenda: