By GA Ponsonby
The Scottish Independence Referendum captivated a country for over 3 years. while Alex Salmond's SNP gained a majority within the 2011 Scottish election it signalled the beginning of the main electrical political crusade in united kingdom heritage. That crusade ended on September 18th 2014 whilst Scots voted to stay a part of the Union.
But how did a small lead for sure become a 10 aspect triumph for No over the last fourteen days of the crusade? Why was once a backbench Labour MP given unprecedented entry to BBC airwaves with a view to factor pledges he had no authority to make? used to be a Scottish Labour social gathering distinctive consultant allowed to steer the content material of BBC Scotland political programmes?
The media’s position within the referendum crusade has escaped scrutiny, in the past. This ebook shines the highlight at the largest media beast of all - the BBC. What it unearths will surprise you.
'London Calling – How the BBC stole the Referendum', chronicles the descent of the BBC in Scotland from a as soon as relied on broadcaster to an company so despised that millions of normal Scots marched on its Scottish HQ in protest at what they observed as its anti-independence bias.
The e-book takes the reader on a trip that starts off with the arriving of devolution and culminates within the No campaign's triumph within the referendum on September 18th 2014. the adventure is signposted through numerous key political occasions and the BBC’s insurance explored.
The ebook unearths how Donald Trump, Al Megrahi and Rupert Murdoch have been utilized by the broadcaster in an try at selling an anti-SNP narrative. It additionally finds how headlines have been altered, video photos edited, tales suppressed and debates loaded because the kingdom broadcaster resisted the political switch happening all through Scotland.
'London Calling - How the BBC stole the Referendum' paints an image of a BBC not able to conform to Scottish Devolution and which stood Canute like opposed to the ocean switch the referendum epitomised. a company in denial over its personal shortcomings.
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The changes led to delays which led to significant cost increases. Dewar’s initial estimate of forty million pounds was exposed as embarrassingly optimistic by a factor of ten, although blame would later be laid at the feet of Civil Servants. The episode led to the Scottish public turning against its own Parliament. Confidence in the new entity would take some time to build. The curse of Holyrood hit the Labour party on 11th October 2000 when, walking down stairs on an icy Edinburgh morning, Donald Dewar slipped.
One of the earliest smear attempts against the fledgling SNP administration involved the American tycoon Donald Trump and his plan to build a golf resort in the North East of Scotland. The American billionaire, whose mother Mary MacLeod was born in Stornoway in the Western Isles, had earmarked Aberdeenshire’s Menie Estate for the development. On Friday March 30th 2007 the Trump organisation lodged a full application with Aberdeenshire Council seeking backing for the project. The application was expected to be a mere formality.
The campaign against Scottish independence won the vote by 55% to 45%. The BBC had stolen the referendum from under the noses of the Scottish electorate. So bad had been the BBC’s behaviour that former BBC reporter Paul Mason tweeted the following: “Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this. ” The actions in the final two weeks of the referendum, although brazen and somewhat shocking, were not entirely unexpected. Chapter 2 - Where it all began The 2014 independence referendum was never supposed to happen.