29 February 2012 - 10:01am | posted by | 3 comments

Lord Steel attacks SNP ‘heavies’ ‘intimidation’ of the BBC in one party state row

Lord Steel attacks SNP ‘heavies’ ‘intimidation’ of the BBC in one party state rowLord Steel attacks SNP ‘heavies’ ‘intimidation’ of the BBC in one

A former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, Lord Steel, has strongly rebuked actions by the SNP which he perceived to come close to an attempt to intimidate the BBC.

The prominent Lib Dem launched his attack in the wake of an acrimonious dispute between the broadcaster and First Minister Alex Salmond as to the background behind his no-show as a commentator on a rugby broadcast.

This resulted in a war of words between both parties with Salmond describing the BBC executive who made the decision as a “gauleiter”.

Defending its actions the BBC said that the request had been initiated by the FM’s office, but refused on grounds of political bias – claims disputed by the SNP.

Speaking during a debate on the Scotland Bill last night Steel ventured: “I have been told by other broadcasters that the Salmond rugby experience was not unique for them and that SNP heavies have made more regular calls of complaint to newsrooms than all the other political parties put together and that this is running at times close to intimidation.

"We are seeing a trend towards the attributes of the one-party state, where news bulletins are led by stories of what the dear leader has been doing today and that is a real danger."

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29 Feb 2012 - 21:28
chick33141's picture

"We are seeing a trend towards the attributes of the one-party state, where news bulletins are led by stories of what DAVID CAMERON has been doing today". Feel free to insert the name of anty othersuccesful political leader -- don't bother with inserting any Liberal Democrats though. Of course, maybe the BBC gets more complaints from the SNP because it is less than even handed in its editorial policies.

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1 Mar 2012 - 02:28
RolftheGanger's picture

Scratch a Liberal or LibDem and you get a totally entrenched defender o fthe unjust, undemocratic and decidely un-liberal status quo.

The 'over the top' rhetoric about Salmond and the SNP reveals their true colours.

80 years after first adoption - they launch a committee to come up with details for their fakey "Home Rule for Scotland" platform!

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1 Mar 2012 - 02:36
RolftheGanger's picture

Scratch a Liberal/LbDem politician - and you find a reactionary defender of the status quo.

After 80 years as self proclaimed champions of 'Home Rule' for Scotland - they have set up a committee to define what their policy means! (Conveniently 'forgetting' that they share a coalition -in government and could negotiate action right now) Meantime, Steel weighs in attacking the SNP and defending the outdated dysfunctional British state. No sense of irony, guilt or responsibility. Par for the course for a Unionist politician.

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