After they had reported that rugby can be very bad for your health, Reporting Scotland catch some of us off-guard with this:
are ‘likely’ to have caused more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health say statistics show 335 000 more deaths than expected were recorded across Scotland, England and Wales, between 2012 and 2019. They identified almost 20 000 excess deaths in Scotland. Over a decade [of Tory rule] researchers said was characterised by austerity.
What is BBC Scotland doing attacking the record of the UK Government? Well, it happens. If you have an agenda based on undermining the Scottish Government, most days, some of your Unionist viewers might even start to believe you really are biased but if you, now and again, do something very different, you can claim to be balanced. It’s called repressive tolerance. Any intelligent propagandists know to do it. That might explain this.
Another explanation, of course, is that BBC staff prefer the kind of soft-right politics of people like Blair and now Starmer. Governments that do a wee bit about poverty, that value the BBC, but which guarantee the mock-meritocracy, preserving private schools, that allows them and their offspring to thrive, will get a better representation in broadcasts. The BBC understandably fears the right-wing of the Conservative Party but, recently, may be growing in confidence as they smell blood, and a Starmer victory looming.