Broken ‘Vow’ means Sturgeon’s 2016 manifesto must pledge indyref2

  There was a cracking headline in the Herald newspaper a few days ago.  It read “Sturgeon set to be invited to tell peers how Union can be strengthened”. The idea that Scotland’s First Minister would seek to give tips on how ...

Good Morning North Britain, or The Day Scotland ‘disappeared’

  Last week an article I contributed to Newsnet,  based on analysis I had carried out of BBC Scotland’s flagship morning news programme Good Morning Scotland, was read by more than 9,000 people.. It had followed what I believed to ...

All BBC interviews are equal, but some are more equal than others

  Last week was George Osborne budget week. BBC Scotland gave us full-on coverage. Osborne’s announcements saturated broadcast and online output, as it should have. BBC Scotland’s coverage of the budget was considerably more ...

Why is this okay again?

  Two nights of political debate on the BBC:   Six unionists, two nationalists. What’s that all about, then? Because by pretty much any sort of rational measure, that’s not a fair or proportionate line-up. Those six ...

BBC Scotland is as institutionally corrupt as it ever was

  On March 11th 2014, just six months before the independence referendum, three men appeared before Holyrood’s Culture Committee.  The three were head of BBC Scotland - Ken MacQuarrie, his head of news and current affairs - John ...