In a piece about Trumpian politics and the lying it is based on, McQuillan invokes Boris but forgets about Douglas Ross, before letting one of the Lib Dems pretend they’re the nice honest ones.
She doesn’t quote Alistair Carmichael on his fib about the First Minister or Willie Rennie on his silence about David Steele’s complicity with paedophilia.
However, Ross is the main omission here. If anyone is going to contaminate the public sphere in the run-up to Holyrood 2021, it’s him. Remember these?
On Question Time, a few weeks back, Douglas Ross revealed himself stupid, duplicitous (again) or both, as he claimed that the UK Government had allocated £700 million for business support, thus dwarfing the Scottish Government’s £40 million.
The Finance Secretary corrected him, pointing out that the £700 million was also for health, transport and other things.
Playground style, Ross insisted it wasn’t. Forbes laughed and told him ‘The facts are there.’
The following day at 18.40, BBC Reporting Scotland allowed Ross to repeat his inaccurate claim:
The Finance Secretary was not invited to comment in line with the BBC’s supposed commitment to balance.
Ross, also made a well-worn but wholly inaccurate claim, on QT, that care home deaths had been higher in Scotland. The Truth is here:
This Tory fondness for just lying is well-known: