BBC Radio Scotland: The enemy trawling within

Today, former teacher Lin Anderson beats me to it but says pretty much what I would have said. Others quickly shared her disgust:

Essex girl, Brambles, is in the same mould (mold) as many others in BBC Scotland. When I saw this trawling for dirt, other examples of their standard approach came to mind.

In August 2020, we saw this:

At the time, I wrote:

Stalker tweeted the above sneaky wee call for evidence, three weeks ago, then all went quiet. Serves her right, I thought, but no, she got two, including one well-known (Hughes) to Labour’s Monica Lennon, through her long-term presence in Holyrood committees.

So, armed with the ‘evidence’, Stalker wrote this:

The report is of course missing a few things, like contextual evidence to inform the reader and, when broadcast, the elderly non-SNP viewer.

I wondered three weeks ago, will she have bothered to search for any more reliable evidence of NHS Scotland’s performance or are one or two individuals prepared to cry on screen more her thing?

Might this, from 2016, be informative for the viewers?

England and Wales currently have fewer pain doctors than Scotland and Northern Ireland and that there are wide regional variations in the number of doctors specializing in pain medicine across England.


Returning to the two she has now stalked:

Who told you about them? Have you checked if they are relatives of opposition MSPs? Are they members of the opposition parties? Are they members of Scotland in Union or relatives of members?

I might be able to answer the first question – Monica Lennon. No! I hear you cry. Surely not.

See this in the Express and Star:

Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon is co-convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on chronic pain (Andrew Milligan/PA) Ms Lennon said she has been contacted by sufferers who have “had to travel to England and pay privately for pain injections because they are not able to access their usual treatment”.

I seem to remember other examples asking for complaints about school assessment, vaccines and care home visiting but can’t easily find them. Perhaps readers can?

3 thoughts on “BBC Radio Scotland: The enemy trawling within

  1. BBC needs to go back to school. Dunces, Can’t analyse statistics. Or accurate report. A total waste of time and monies. Wasting public monies like there is no tomorrow. Audience figures falling. They try to hide the viewing figures. Deceit and


  2. John , might I impose on your blog to ask ( trawl ) for anyone who has had a bad experience with BBC Scotland .

    Have you EVER thought that they might NOT be as neutral as they claim ?
    Have you EVER heard their presenters passing gossip as news ?
    Have you EVER heard them broadcasting opposition political opinion as FACT ?
    Have you EVER been struck by how many SNP bad news stories are broadcast compared to the number of Tory bad news stories or Labour or LibDem ?
    Have you EVER thought that you were getting value for your BBC Licence Tax?

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