It’s a story not featuring even on the BBC Scotland website but Reporting Scotland opens with:
The family of a Scottish woman who died after falling from a balcony in Benidorm four years ago today have (sic) called for Scotland to adopt a new system for investigating unexplained deaths. Kirsty Maxwell’s parents say if Scotland had coroners like those of (sic) England and Wales, they would have received far more help when she died. Instead they were left to cope almost entirely by themselves.
Where has this come from, at this time?
There is to be a new MTV documentary about the case and this was announced on the 12th April but this and all of the earlier reports, including several on BBC Scotland, have blamed the Spanish authorities and the Foreign Office for not helping the parents. There is no mention of coroners anywhere that I can find. Who has tried to find an excuse to blame Scottish authorities for an entirely reserved matter?
Scottish Government advice, recognising the reserved nature of this says:
If the death happened abroad you can also apply to your nearest British embassy to register the death in the UK. This means a record of the death will be sent to the National Records of Scotland. If the death was suspicious, the British embassy will help you speak to local police and get legal advice.
Why has the editor of Reporting Scotland, alone, chanced upon this story and then headlined it at this time?