Jim Murphy – Gloves Are Off – Abuse Of An Elderly pensioner – Using His Image Promoting Porky Pies Is Not On – Murphy should be Ashamed




5 April 2015: Labour Party Election Promotion leaflets

Leaflets being distributed by Jim Murphy in his constituency feature are given over to an elderly pensioner, David Arthur who claims his support for the Labour party is based on the promise that it will protect pensioners free services, preventing the SNP from scrapping free personal care and the UK pension.

But is David simply a pensioner that has been duped by Murphy into believing the nonsense attributed to him or is he perhaps a willing participant promoting the spread of lies since that which he is placing at the door of the SNP is untrue in every respect.

I think perhaps the latter. David is an active member of Newton Mearns Parish Church and is a committed christian socialist. He has enjoyed a long standing friendship with Mr McIntosh and Jim Murphy stretching back to before 2003. So we have a put up job in regard to the leaflets which should be withdrawn by Mr Murphy.


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Check out the history:


26 March 2003 Scottish Daily Record -Forget the Experts- Here’s What Labour Party Supporting Scots Really Matter Think About the Big Issues Facing the Nation

David Arthur,77, Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, retired garage service manager:

“As a Christian socialist who passionately believes in honesty, truth, fairness and justice, I believe our First Minister and new Labour’s visions adhere to these principles. I strongly believe that Labour is not just for the few, it’s for all the people of Scotland.”…+HERE%27S+WHAT+THE+SCOTS+WHO+REALLY+MATTER+THINK…-a0100691380




26 March 2011: Massive recycling complex planned for Newton Mearns – Rebuff for waste plan

The first of two public meetings with developers behind the controversial Loganswell recycling scheme saw emotions running high as fears about possible toxic waste pollution surfaced. The meeting, at Newton Mearns Parish Church on Sunday, was organised by local Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who has already stated his total opposition to the scheme.

Local resident David Arthur commented “I am really grateful to Ken for organising this meeting.
This development could have massive consequences for Eastwood and it is reassuring our local MSP is standing with residents on this issue.”





24 October 2008: Jim Murphy invites Older People to unique event

Jim and colleague MSP Ken Macintosh have organised unique event for East Renfrewshire older people on Friday 31st October. The event will bring together many of the organisations which support older people. It will take place on Friday 31st October in Newton Mearns Parish Church from 10.30am- 12pm and St Johns Parish Church Hall, Barrhead

Local pensioner David Arthur said:

“I was delighted to be invited to this event for older people by my local MP and MSP. I think it will provide a lot of very useful and helpful information and I am looking forward to attending.
Come along to whichever event you wish, there is no need to book a place.”


3 May 2012: East Renfrewshire Labour’s manifesto for the 2012 Local Council elections

“They also introduced the Citizen’s Panel to conduct regular surveys, allowing people like me to have my say. Labour introduced the minimum wage and now the living wage, which will increase to 7.20 per hour. Labour will keep East Renfrewshire a Number 1 place to live.” David Arthur, Newton Mearns East Renfrewshire.


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Ken Macintosh MSP and great buddy of Jim Urphy. A Tandem act in Renfrewshire




Ken Macintosh; Was a television producer for the BBC before Standing for and winning, in 1999 the Eastwood seat in the new Scottish parliament. He is still incumbent in Eastwood.


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Labour MSP for Eastwood, Ken Macintosh has been urged to apologise for playing politics with school trips to Auschwitz.

The Westminster Government announced in February 2008 that £4.65 million was to be made available to fund trips to Auschwitz for English school children.

Mr Macintosh tabled an amendment in the Scottish Parliament calling on the, ‘Barnett consequentials’ of this funding to be ring-fenced and, ‘used specifically to support Scottish pupils for this same purpose’.

Despite there being no ‘Barnett consequentials’ of this money, which Mr Macintosh should have known, he then went on to accuse the SNP of blocking school trips to Auschwitz and he and his colleague Labour MP Jim Murphy contacted the Jewish Telegraph to reiterate these claims.

The amendment was voted against as there were no additional monies transferred to the Scottish Government arising  from the UK decision and there has never been a specific fund in Scotland for schoolchildrens’ visits to Auschwitz.

Maureen Watt, The Minister for Schools, wrote to Mr McIntosh and made the situation clear. So far the silence has been deafening.

It was revealed that contrary to Mr Macintosh’s and Mr Murphy’s attacks the Scottish Government works with the Holocaust Educational Trust ensuring children are educated on the holocaust  and  is providing £25,000 for Renfrewshire to host Holocaust memorial day in 2009 and is supportive of the creation of  a holocaust museum in Scotland.

“After their shameful and opportunistic attacks on an issue that should be above party politics Mr Macintosh and Mr Murphy must apologise for the distress they caused to the Jewish community and for the attempt to mislead Parliament, parents and pupils on this sensitive issue.”


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The Labour leader has been unable to name all three candidates in the race to become leader of the Scottish party. Ed Miliband named two of them – but could not remember Ken Macintosh MSP, the candidate being tipped to win.

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Mr Miliband named MP Tom Harris and deputy Scottish Labour leader and MSP Johann Lamont.

Mr Macintosh later laughed off the incident, saying: “If anything, it shows that politicians are human.” (video)


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The Sunday Herald revealed that Macintosh accepted a campaign donation of £1,625 from Scottish Asian Pakistan (SAP) Foundation in December when he was a candidate for leadership of the Labour party in Scotland. He came in second in the contest, despite Labour leader Ed Miliband being unable to recall his name.

The Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation describes itself as a charity which aims to give advice and support to members of the Scottish Asian community (SAP) in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Charities are legally prohibited from making political donations and are intended to be non-political bodies.

However there are close links between the board of directors of SAP and the Labour party. One of the directors of SAP is Mr Amer Masood, who is also general secretary of Edinburgh Labour Community Cohesion Taskforce. On its website, this group describes its aim as being to “promote Labour party policies and beliefs” amongst members of Edinburgh’s ethnic minority communities.

Mr Maxwell, SNP MSP for West Scotland, said: “This is a serious error of judgement by Ken Macintosh in taking a political donation from a body that describes itself as a charity. “As it appears to have come from a non-permissible source, he should return the money immediately.

“Charities must not make political donations either to parties or to individual candidates and it is a breach for an organisation to describe itself as a charity when it isn’t.”

“Mr Macintosh has got himself embroiled in a disastrous situation that casts a huge question mark over his ability to be a finance spokesman. He should return the money and make it clear how much he knew about the SAP Foundation describing itself as a charitable organisation.”



Labour’s finance spokesman is facing questions after accepting money from a “charity” meant to promote relations between Scotland and Pakistan which is being investigated by watchdogs. Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh took £1625 from the Scottish Asian Pakistan (SAP) Foundation in December, as a candidate for the Labour leadership.

Although the SAP Foundation is a limited company, its articles of association say it is a “charity” whose aims include relieving poverty, advancing education and health, promoting community cohesion, and providing advice and support for the Asian and Pakistani communities.

However both the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the UK Charities Commission say they have never received an application from the SAP Foundation to be registered as a charity. OSCR is now checking on the Foundation under its “Inquiry and Intervention policy”.

Even if the SAP Foundation were a registered charity, both OSCR and the Charities Commission say charities must not make political donations, to parties or to individual candidates, and must remain independent of party politics. The SAP Foundation’s president is Labour activist Amer Masood, the general secretary of Edinburgh Labour’s Community Cohesion Taskforce. The SAP Foundation and the Labour Taskforce have the same phone number.

According to Companies House, the SAP Foundation was incorporated in May last year by Masood, 42, Masood Malik, 73, a veteran community campaigner in Edinburgh, and Hassan Shah Bukhari, a 52-year-old businessman in the capital. It is based at a business centre in Edinburgh’s Morningside and has yet to publish any accounts.

Despite Macintosh reporting that the money came from the Foundation as a limited company, Bukhari, its finance secretary, said the cash was raised from individuals at the December dinner. “We raised it from the people attending,” he said.  Asked if people knew they were contributing to Macintosh personally, he said: “Yes, most likely that’s why they gave it to him.” Asked about the Foundation’s articles calling it a charity, he said: “Oh my. I didn’t realise that. I have to look into it.” He denied there was anything untoward. Masood did not return the Sunday Herald’s call.

Macintosh said he understood the Foundation was a charity, and gave the money as a company. “They promote good relations between Pakistan and Scotland. That’s what they say they’re about. That’s what they do. It was a very up-front donation. We had a dinner. We got together specifically to raise money for my campaign. It could not have been more straightforward.” Asked how giving money to his campaign would advance relations between Pakistan and Scotland, he said: “That’s a question for them.”

An SNP spokesman said: “This was a serious error of judgment by Ken Macintosh in taking a political donation from a charitable body. As it appears to have come from a non-permissable source, he should return the money immediately.”

An OSCR spokesman said: “I can confirm that we do not have an application for charitable status for this body [the Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation] and it is not a recognised Scottish charity. “We are currently looking at whether there are issues of representation in their Memoranda and Articles of Association, in line with our Inquiry and Intervention policy. “It is a breach of the legislation for a body to hold itself out as a charity if it is not on the Scottish Charity Register. OSCR has powers to act in these circumstances.”


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people-of-influence-whom-you-hardly-know-Carol Craig-(one time girlfriend of Gordon Brown) & husband-Alf Young-BBC & Labour Party Activists


Carol Craig, author of 'The Tears That Made The Clyde' and Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being in Glasgow.Carol Craig


Carol Craig:  Close links to Gordon Brown, Donald Dewar et al. Labour Party in the West of Scotland.

B.A Politics – Strathclyde University, Phd Politics – Edinburgh University.  1992. Set up her own training consultant company Enspire,  2004. Chief Executive Centre for Confidence and Well Being.  July 2006. Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Abertay. Worked For the BBC.

September 2014: Bubbly Carol Craig,  Former girl friend of Gordon Brown, Garscadden Labour Party secretary under one Donald ‘The Don’ Dewar and wife of Alf Young (a close friend of the head of the electoral commission, John McCormick), wrote a heart rending article in the Guardian professing torture over a yes/no decision in Scotland’s referendum:

She explained. “We’re told that independence is an intoxicating revival of our battered democracy. Yet deciding how to cast my vote has proved the most agonising decision of my life. People are framing the decision we face as essentially about confidence. The yeses are filled with confidence and optimism in themselves and their country, it is claimed. The no’s are a bunch of under-confident fearties.”

The very idea that a former girl friend of the great quoter of biblical text, saviour of the Union, and one-time Prime Minister of all Britain was even considering a Yes vote merely invites us all to share an outburst of hollow laughter.


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I might have been persuaded by this girlish tizzy if only I hadn’t read Tom Bower’s unofficial biography of Gordon Brown, which vouchsafed that in her days as a young publicist she’d been the future prime minister’s amour prior to entering into her relationship with the Electoral Commissioner’s pal Alf Young.


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September 2014: Registered charity, “The Centre for Confidence & Well-being was founded by Craig after the success of her first book “The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence” and the well received “Tipping Point Event” in 2004.

Carol is the driving force of the Centre and is constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to ensure that it maintains its unique and successful role as a leading organisation in the field of Positive Psychology.

It is disappointing that she is in breach of the charity code by writing a politically biased article aimed at influencing the vote of members/users of the charity.


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September 2014: Carol, one time girlfriend of Gordon Brown confirmed New Labour lovie and her, “crisis of confidence”.

Carol closely identifies with the West Coast Labour Party Network and is part of the Willie Ross / Donald Dewar clique.

She published an erudite study into why there was a ‘Scots – crisis of confidence’.

For our part We like the SNP standing up to the establishment bullies, we feel better about ourselves, the Scottish nation moves on to better things and proves what the academic Carol Craig’s book stated was in fact holding us back but tramples over Ms Craig’s, ‘New Labour’ political sureties because part of her (and many of us) ‘knows’ she is siding with the perceived ‘bullies’ and her identified cause as the basis of the Scots – crisis of confidence.

Is it any surprise she is a bit tense and unsure of her political argument, so resorts to her own form of name calling, censorship and bullying on her blog and web site – it is, after all, the Unionists’ default state.


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September 2014: Carol taken to task by Matthew Wilson in an excellent response to her, “I’m reluctantly voting no blog”

He wrote, “Again your characterisation of the YES campaign is just wrong when you say it is Pollyanna and it thinks there will be, ‘No losers anywhere, from Lerwick to Dumfries’.

There will be definitely be losers, the Labour Party are finished, landowners with unregistered, untaxed and subsidised land will be losers and there should be a clamp down on unregulated finance and tax avoidance.

As you know from your work, some of the poor are gone – emotionally, psychologically and economically – and it will take a long time before some areas are recovered to facilitate everyone to live a fully human life”.


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Carol Craig and Alf Young have two sons. The family lives in Wester Ross.

Born and raised in Greenock, the son of a shipyard craftsman, Alf holds degrees in natural philosophy and education. He has also been awarded honorary degrees by four Scottish universities. He started out as a teacher of maths and physics and later became a lecturer at Jordanhill College of Education.

There followed by a brief career as a researcher for the Labour Party in Scotland.

Aged 34, he launched his career in the media  and after an introductory spell at Radio Clyde, moved into newspapers in 1981 at the short-lived Sunday Standard, followed by spells at the BBC and The Scotsman.

In 1986, he joined the Herald as its first economics editor. Later he was deputy editor to Harry Reid. From 2000 he filled other executive editorial roles. He was a regular speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars.

Alf was a member of the group which helped devise the financial arrangements for Scotland’s devolved government.

He served on BP’s Scottish advisory board for three years,  then,  from 2000 to 2007, chaired the Glasgow advisory board of the sinister networking organisation COMMON PURPOSE.

He is currently chairman of Riverside Inverclyde, the pathfinder urban regeneration company charged with bringing new life to the waterfront of the communities centred on Greenock on the Lower Clyde.

At the beginning of 2010 he also became chairman of Social Investment Scotland which provides finance for the third sector. He is also an economic advisor to the Scottish Council.

He writes, broadcasts and comments on a range of issues affecting Scotland and the wider world.

He retired in 2009 from The Herald, the leading Scottish broadsheet newspaper, where he was responsible for comment and opinion.

For 22 years he also wrote his own columns in a number of newspapers on business, economic and political issues.

He currently writes for the online Scottish Review and is a regular contributor to BBC current affairs programmes.

Alf nailed his colours to the mast of the better together campaign writing, “the decision by the SNP to play the long game on the referendum campaign may result in their own downfall!.


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In his pro Better Together blog, “Wake up Scotland” he attacked Professor Tom Devine for having the audacity to support a yes vote in the referendum.


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Commenting on a distortion of facts presented by alf in Inverclyde Community Forums a fellow poster said, “Its hard to find anyone analysing the figures from a neutral standpoint and alf young certainly is nowhere near it, he was infamous at, “The Herald” for his consistent pro-Labour Party and pro-Unionist stories – One of a band of merry men who helped destroy a once great paper.;topic=3458.0


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people-of-influence-whom-you-hardly-know – Wendy Alexander – One time Labour stalwart – Suffered from foot in mouth – Retired From politics

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Wendy Alexander:  is a retired Scottish politician.

She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a First Class MA (Hons) in Economic and Modern History. She later gained a postgraduate MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, and an MBA from INSEAD. After her MBA Alexander worked for Booz & Co., an international management consultancy, undertaking assignments in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia.

A former Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Paisley North. She held various Scottish Government cabinet posts and was the leader of the Labour Party group in the Scottish Parliament from 2007–2008.

She is a good friend of Sarah Smith, daughter of the late John, one-time leader of the Labour Party who also found the invitation north for the referendum impossible to refuse. Sarah had a lovely wedding not so long ago which she shared with her friends the Alexander twins and their father who married Sarah (as minister officiating not, well you know).

Other guests included the great and the good (it’s a phrase okay) from the Labour Party. Sarah’s sister is the daughter-in-law of the Right Honourable the Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen, KT, GCMG, FRSA, FRSE, PC and of the Labour Party. Do you think he says that every time he answers the phone? Sarah’s political shows on BBC Scotland have not been well-received but that’s no reason for her not to keep trying. Go Sarah go!

Following Tony Blair’s election in May 1997, she was appointed Special Adviser to Donald Dewar when he became Secretary of State for Scotland. She was deeply involved in the preparation of the White Paper on devolution, the Scotland Act 1998 and preparations for the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, all matters she had published on during the 1990s. She is reported as saying, “Scotland wants to see a future that allows her to walk taller within the UK without walking out” calling for a new “expert-led and independent” Scottish constitutional commission. Also attributed to her is the statement, “history teaches that constitutional reform has never been gifted to Scotland. It has to be fought and argued for”.


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May 4 2008. During a TV interview, she suggested that she would be willing to support a referendum on Scottish Independence saying, “Bring It On!”. It was a bold move, but led to suggestions of a rift between her and the Prime Minister, (Gordon Brown) who did not overtly back her.


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2008. A Channel Islands businessman Paul Green made a second illegal donation to the Labour Party in 2008. His contribution to Wendy Alexander’s Leadership campaign brought a public apology from her after she admitted his cheque broke strict donation rules. Meanwhile, First Minister Alex Salmond said the police might have to investigate the affair.”




She stood down from her role as leader and subsquently left parliament. John Swinney commented, “Labour have no idea where they are going. They’re already fighting like ferrets in a sack, as they always do – which is at the root of the Wendy Alexander problem by the way – about the issue of the independence referendum. It’s all over the newspapers, they’re taking different views, they’re all bad-mouthing each other in the process,” he said. He added: “That’s all part of the furniture of the Labour party’s contribution to Scottish politics.”


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January 2011. Wendy’s chequered career had been somewhat in the doldrums until given a new lease of life recently by the decision of the Coalition to implement, almost in full, the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Devolution. As this body was largely a personal invention of Ms Alexander, she was made convenor of the Holyrood committee charged with examining the Scotland Bill, which gives legislative effect to what Calman proposed. And it was during a session of this committee last week that the lady, “got tore into”, as they say in these parts, by two learned professors of economics who had come up with opinions that seemed to support, not enhanced devolution – which is her preferred option – but outright separation.


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January 2011. Wendy had often been accused of intransigence and arrogance so anyone that might dare to voice opposition to her nonsensical Bill risks public humiliation. The respected academic Alan Trench has filed a devastating post today on why he will no longer give evidence to the committee. Trench, of the Constitution Unit at University College London and Edinburgh University, is unhappy at the way the committee monstered two other academics, Professor Andrew Hughes Hallett and Professor Drew Scott.


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February 2011: Wendy Alexander walked out yet again, resigning her Paisley seat citing the oldest and lamest excuse in politics, “to spend time with her family”. She leaves the Scottish Labour leader, Iain Gray, and fellow career women in the lurch. Though somehow, I don’t think this is the last we have heard of Wendy.


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February 2011. Wendy was always regarded as one of Labour’s brightest talents. The outspoken former government minister was tipped as a future Scottish Labour leader almost since the beginning of devolution itself. A row once ensued over a leaked letter she wrote to former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars, in which she wrote, “perhaps the last time the Labour movement in Scotland had made a real intellectual contribution to the party nationally was in 1906”. One thing is for sure – Ms Alexander’s stormy, 10-month stint doing the job, when she eventually got it, isn’t likely to be forgotten any time soon.


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December 2011: Linwood named 2011 Carbuncle “winner”. From the Hillman Imp to Tescotown, Linwood has gone down the toilet as its main shopping centre has been slowly run into the ground by Tesco. A local council worker ventured, “Its like Fort Apache. I feel really strongly about the sociological implications never mind the health implications. They seem to strangle every initiative… it’s this, “Tescoisation” of the world where they’ll buy up land so no-one else can build. At the bottom of the food chain are the punters who are in effect powerless.”


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April 2012. Wendy appointed to the position of Associate Dean at London Business School where she provides strategic leadership for the school’s degree programmes. The Business School is a leader in the field of business education and is consistently ranked among the best in the world for our full-time MBA programme.


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May 2012. Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is pleased to announce that Wendy Alexander is to join its advisory board. Commenting on the appointment, SEP Managing Partner Calum Paterson said: “I am delighted that Wendy Alexander is joining our advisory board. She will bring a distinct and valuable perspective to our business. I have no doubt that our investment team and portfolio companies will benefit greatly from her considerable and broad ranging experience”. Wendy said, “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to continue my relationship with Scottish Equity Partners. Venture capital and private equity plays a significant role in the enterprise economy and I am looking forward to helping the firm to build on its successful track record.”


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September 2013. In his book, “Power Trip” Damian McBride, (former Gordon Brown hit man), claimed Douglas Alexander dispassionately told the Prime Minister that his sister had to quit in order to avoid further damage, advising that, his sister’s resignation should not be linked to comments she had made about the independence referendum but instead should be attributed to the earlier matter of payments made to her campaign fund.


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Brian Ashcroft was Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. The institute is often cited on BBC Scotland as an independent think-tank which coincidentally issues lots of warnings about the weakness of the Scottish economy.

The BBC subordinated the GERS report to a commentary by the Fraser of Allander Institute allegedly indicating Scotland’s economy was too weak to sustain independence. They ran the story all day but did not reveal once that the Fraser Institute is a New Labour “think-tank”, and its head is the husband of Wendy Alexander, failed New Labour leader, and brother-in-law of shadow Foreign Minister Douglas Alexander. Fraser has an appalling forecasting record, having issued dire and completely wrong forecasts on growth ever since the SNP came to power.

Wendy Alexander’s husband, is to step down from his academic post as director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University to spend more time with their twins. His decision, announced yesterday, will allow Ms Alexander to spend more of her time on the onerous task of leading Labour in opposition. He pointed out that he will still be teaching part-time at the university and will continue some academic research. He further explained, “I am 60 and have been director of the Institute for ten years and policy director for seven years. That meant a high work load. I am at the time of my life when I would like more flexibility. My wife is just about to become the leader of the Scottish parliamentary Labour group, which is a very demanding role.” He added that their age difference came into it when making the decision about caring for 18-month-old Caitlin and Michael. “I am 60 and she is only 44 and so it seemed the right thing to do in being prepared to give her more support,” he said. “In Wendy’s job, there is going to be a lot of pressure on her and that backwashes on me. This is what I want to do and I am excited about doing it. I am still being re-engaged on a part-time basis. I will do some teaching, some research and my own projects as well as supporting Wendy and looking after the kids”. Asked if that made him a, “new man”, Ashcroft – who has a 24-year-old daughter from his previous marriage as well as a 26-year-old step-daughter – joked: “Given my age, I am a pretty old man”.


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people-of-influence-whom-you-hardly-know-James Naughtie-BBC Presenter-Used To Be A Scot- Lost His Way-Now A Unionist


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Alexander James Naughtie, (also known as Jim Naughtie) is a radio news presenter for the BBC.

Naughtie began his career as a journalist at the Aberdeen Press & Journal, moving to the London offices of The Scotsman in 1977. The following year he joined the paper’s Westminster staff, and became its Chief Political Correspondent.

He shared an apartment with his good friend Gordon Brown Labour Party MP, before moving to the USA In 1981, taking up a post with, The Washington Post as the Laurence Stern fellow on its national staff.

Naughtie joined The Guardian in 1984, and became its Chief Political Correspondent in 1985.

In 1986, Naughtie moved into radio presenting, presenting The Week In Westminster moving to The World At One in 1988.

In 1994 he became one of the main presenters of Radio 4’s Today programme. His practice is to ask long and complicated questions which is irritating nuance.

Shortly before the 2005 General Election he opened a question to Labour politician Ed Balls, “If we win the election”, which led to criticism that he was not neutral as required of BBC political journalists.

On 16 July 2013 it was announced that Naughtie’s presentational role on Today would be temporarily reduce, as he was to become a presenter of Good Morning Scotland for two days a week in the run up the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Naughtie will return to his usual role on Today in time for the 2015 general election. So that’s Jim – cleancut and non-affiliated unless you think his comment of,”if we win the election” indicates bias.


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The Today presenter James Naughtie was both congratulated and condemned after he accidentally introduced the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as Jeremy Cunt live on air today. The Radio 4 spoonerism sparked a flurry of online comments, which were refuelled just over an hour later when Andrew Marr – presumably in an effort to maintain editorial consistency – made exactly the same mistake on the same station’s Start the Week programme.


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The former BBC Scotland broadcaster Derek Bateman has launched an online attack on one of its best known current ­affairs presenters, suggesting he is pursuing an anti-SNP agenda.

The interviewing style of James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today programme and the political stance of the BBC has been criticised by Mr Bateman in a “satirical” blog. Mr Bateman, formerly the presenter of Good Morning Scotland (GMS), was irritated by the tone adopted by his fellow Scot Mr Naughtie when he interviewed a Tory MP and an SNP minister on the issue of defence in an independent Scotland.


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A memo to Jim Naughtie on his return to Scotland:

“It has come to my attention that you planning to move north to cover the independence referendum, admittedly for only two days a week. Since you last worked in Scotland in 1977 a lot has altered that you might find at first a bit bewildering. Scotland has changed, not entirely in ways immediately apparent or straightforward. Some institutions which have the same names as 36 years ago have changed, nearly totally out of recognition. New bodies and different ways of things of doing things have emerged. To save you time and reading, considering that you are only here two days a week, here is a short guide to what’s changed and what’s not changed, and how to make some sense of the public life of Scotland. Edinburgh isn’t Scotland, nor is the Edinburgh Festival(s) even Edinburgh. Nor are Edinburgh and Glasgow combined, most of Scotland; they represent the BBC/STV version of Scotland.”




Arguments lamenting the loss of Scottish industry that poignantly reflect that we used to be ‘the shipbuilding capital of the world’, or that ‘all the jobs have gone’, are now caricatures and clichés. They also don’t reflect the dramatically different and in many places, dynamic nature of the Scottish economy today.

Some pro-union people ask when will the constitutional debate ever end. But part of Scotland’s debate is about how we share an island with the powerhouse of London and the South East, which will go on whether we are independent or not.

There is a problem with how the British Government comprehends and doesn’t comprehend modern Scotland. They occasionally get Scotland, but more often they don’t, or just plain forget us.

They don’t think Scottish independence is a serious threat to the union, and when they refer to ‘the referendum’ and ‘sovereignty debate’ they aren’t talking about Scotland, but about the UK and Europe.

Westminster is increasingly becoming a distant, untrusted body in Scotland. When asked which institution they most trust to look after Scottish interests, two thirds of Scots consistently choose the Scottish Parliament, and only about 20% or less Westminster.


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Now that James Naughtie is coming home for a wee while, he had better avoid a certain type of Glasgow pub or he will find himself the object of that city’s many talkative characters, Any inconvenience will, however, be temporary.

Whatever happens in September Mr Naughtie won’t be sticking around for the chaotic aftermath. There are limits to the length of foreign assignments. The first presumption behind the appointment or secondment, or whatever it is to be called, is that anyone, even someone of considerable ability and charm, can play a key role in the referendum – ‘one of the great stories of our time’ as Mr Naughtie himself has described it – from this position of professional semi-detachment.

Why two days a week? Why not five? One of the great stories of our time surely deserves a full-time commitment to Good Morning Scotland, and to Scotland in general, rather than this wandering in and out of the saga.

The second presumption is that it required a London ‘heavyweight’ – I imagine that was the term used when the appointment was being considered – to be parachuted into Glasgow for the purpose; and that there was no-one on the BBC Scotland staff, or indeed in the Scottish media as a whole, who was considered good enough to lead the coverage of one of the great stories of our time.

This presumption is decades old. It is merely finding a new form in the parachuting of Mr Naughtie. As these examples illustrate, parachuting is nothing new in the dispiriting annals of BBC Scotland. There must be a secret warehouse in west London where all the parachutes are kept, ready to be pressed into service for the great stories of our time.

But it is especially depressing in this case. The anointed one – the one who will take us to the promised land; or, more likely, not – must have the sheen of metropolitan approval (‘a track record’ as it is otherwise known) and we ought to be jolly glad that our colonial masters have agreed to release him.

It is not being insulting to James Naughtie to state that we deserve better. If he had wanted to play a key role in the referendum, he should have suffered first – by actually living here for the last decade.

No doubt, with Mr Naughtie’s presence at the microphone, the listening figures for Good Morning Scotland will improve, but it will be at some cost to Scottish self-esteem.

I will not damage their prospects of career enhancement by naming the good people within and outwith BBC Scotland who are more knowledgeable about the political and cultural situation north of the border and who are more obviously committed to the future of Scotland within or outwith the union. Such people exist. Unfortunately for them, we kent their faithers.




Would his interviews with two leading figures from either side of the independence argument on the Today demonstrate that James Naughtie is likely to be scrupulously unbiased over the coming year – barring Freudian slips? Please listen for yourselves to both interviews. Listen to both interviews, they were very different.

The one with Alistair Darling was gentle, almost cosy, nearly a fireside chat compared to the tough, interruption-laden scrap with Nicola Sturgeon which followed. That was down to James Naughtie, and the tone he chose to adopt with each guest – collegial with Mr Darling, antagonistic towards Ms Sturgeon.

You would have thought that he would have sought to showcase his even-handedness on this of all programmes. He chose not to. It doesn’t bode well, does it?

The interview with Alistair Darling,

The interview with Nicola Sturgeon,




Is James Naughtie the most long-winded interviewer in broadcasting history? At one point during one of this morning’s interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, I began wondering whether James Naughtie would ever get to the end of the question he was asking.

It reminded me of how often the garrulous Mr Naughtie has had this effect on me, and got me wondering whether I’m alone in wondering why the BBC lets one of their top interviewers ask questions that are often longer (and less coherent) than the answers he elicits from his interviewees.




2007: Just what is happening to the Today programme on Radio 4? While we are accustomed to the fact that the once great BBC is run by a clique of Lefties who came of age in the Sixties and haven’t had an original thought since, the Today programme stood out as one of the last bastions of unbiased integrity on the Beeb. No more.

Anyone listening recently might as well have been tuning in to Labour HQ, so much has it turned into the broadcasting wing of the Labour government. Is the Today programme biased towards the Left? Do bears have a particular fondness for the woods?

Take yesterday. A BBC political correspondent did a piece about David Cameron’s recent policy statements. There was, as usual, all the rubbish about a “lurch to the Right,” but then, in one of the most tortuous analogies I’ve ever heard, this reporter compared recent Tory thinking to the song Let’s Do The Time Warp Again. Eh?

This song was a very funny part of a very funny Seventies film called The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but what it has to do with current Conservative thinking could be written on the head of a very small pin. Today, in its galumphing way, was clearly trying to say that the Tories are dinosaurs who have not moved forward in the past 30 years, something that is grossly untrue but increasingly typical of what passes for reporting on the programme.

We’ve known that Today has a Left-wing bias ever since the ludicrous James Naughtie used the phrase “we” when talking to a government minister a few years ago.

But this is getting beyond a joke. The pathological hatred of all things Tory is marking the programme out. Everyone knows society has become more violent over the past decade, that educational standards are slipping and that our hospitals are now places where you catch a disease rather than the reverse.

But I have lost count of the number of times a news item about yet another crisis has been modified with the unchallenged and usually untrue, “Of course, it was worse 10 years ago” (ie, when you-know-who were in power). Oh yeah?




The BBC’s contrasting coverage of the party conferences seems to have been at its sharpest with ‘Today’. Here’s why I think that’s the case (at somewhat exhausting length!), concentrating on the Labour Party conference in Liverpool and the Conservative Party conference in Manchester:

A comparison of the, ‘Today’ programme’s coverage of the Labour Party and Conservative Party conferences reveals a significant degree of pro-Labour bias.

Though only a few items, such as the Danny Shaw report, screamed ‘bias!’, the cumulative effect of the different moods established by the two respective presenters, the severe skewing of the commentariat towards the Labour Party, the unhelpfulness of the reports towards one party in particular, the presence of other unhelpful items towards that party (in contrast to a helpful one towards the other party), the framing of interviews, and the programme’s initial agenda-setting (always followed through), all adds up to coverage that is much more favourable to one party than to another.

I have tried to be as fair as fair can be towards the programme here but there is always the possibility that my own biases are blinding me to flaws in my own study.







Red Andy Marr – A Studiously Impartial Unionist BBC Presenter and Skirt Chaser





Andrew William Stevenson Marr

Is a British broadcaster, journalist and confirmed long time Labour Party supporter who began his career as a political commentator, then went on to edit The Independent (1996–98), before becoming a political editor for BBC News (2000–05) and began hosting his politics discussion show on Sunday mornings on BBC One from September 2005.

Completing his education at Cambridge University, he proudly boasted that he was a “raving leftie” nicknamed “Red Andy”. He was also a member of the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory (an off-shoot of the International-Communist League, now known as the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty).





He revealed his Unionist allegiances in 2014 when he interviewed, Alex Salmond.

Addressing the matter of Scotland joining the EU he misquoted EU President Barroso’s remarks saying “I think it would be quite hard to get back in, I have to say,  but let’s move on to the other big question we’ve had this week.”

Alex Salmond hit back saying “Sorry, can I just examine that for a second, Andrew? Is this your analysis or that of the BBC?”

Marr responded saying he was offering a view based on the opinion of Barrasso.

In reply, Alex said “As opposed, Andrew, to the weight of evidence that’s being presented to the Scottish Parliament’s committees at the present moment. But, I don’t know, is that an individual expression or is that the expression of the BBC?”

Marr replied “No, it’s not, I’ve got no views on this, nor does the BBC. I was simply reflecting on what Barroso told us.”

Alex replied, “Well you just said what your opinion was. I thought you were asking questions but anyway I mistook you there, I thought you were giving your opinion, as opposed to President Barroso’s opinion.”

A Scottish government spokesman said later:

“The Andrew Marr programme distinctly favoured the opinion from the president of the Commission which had been roundly rejected by EU experts. There are questions for the BBC to answer over their coverage of this issue. Firstly, they failed to press President Barroso about his comparison of Scotland – (which has been part of the EU for over 40 years) – with Kosovo and Marr offered what appeared to be a personal view on an independent Scotland’s EU membership. The comments from Andrew Marr appear to be outside the BBC’s editorial guidelines, and no amount of backtracking can change that.”

He went on to say, “Though the specific comment made was surprising, the first minister responded at the time and we do not intend to complain about a programme we were represented on. But the BBC face a more generic issue in relation to referendum coverage that has been highlighted by independent academic research and it is for the BBC to explain their overall approach.”





Marr admits BBC is not impartial

Marr publically declared that the BBC

“is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation employing an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

The meeting also heard that the BBC was patronising its audiences and constrained by an intolerant version of politically correct liberalism. (The Telegraph 26 Oct 2006)




Marr Hides details of an illicit affair with a colleague behind a super injunction

Marr won a High Court injunction in January 2008 to suppress reports of his illicit relationship with the barrister, and political reporter for the Times, Alice Miles the mother of a young daughter (that he believed was his)

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, who challenged the super-injunction in court, said “As a leading BBC interviewer, who’s asking politicians about failures in judgement, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while acting as an active journalist. (BBC Today 26 Apr 201)



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Marr at it again – caught smooching with another woman.

Boozy BBC politics veteran Marr, who last year tried to gag papers over another affair was snapped outside a late-night bar passionately embracing a brunette television producer.

A source said “I spotted them hugging and kissing up against the fence. They were there for a few minutes. Eventually, they went back to the bar and stayed until closing time before leaving together. I couldn’t believe the way he was carrying on. You’d have thought he was old enough to know better.”

Marr has been married to wife Jackie Ashley for 25 years and the couple have three children together. (The Telegraph 20 Sep 2012)






Marr, playing away from home again. The BBC’s leading presenter, who is paid £600,000 a year by the long-suffering licence payers for boring the life out of them. A great journalist he ain’t. In fact, he is to journalism what a genital wart is to a loving relationship. And the BBC pretended that it was no big deal and his private life was of no interest to anyone. In an ideal world, Marr would have been sacked for lying and abusing his wholesome family image. But in a world where the British media is run by the commissars of the Left, he kept his job.


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It’s Time to Consign the BBC to the Dustbin of History.

The BBC has already investigated that unlikely claim, at a special seminar back in 2006, when Andrew Marr disarmingly observed that

“The Corporation “is not impartial nor neutral. It is a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias.”

So, when James Naughtie famously asked on the Today programme “If we [sic] win the election, does Gordon Brown remain chancellor?” No party political bias was implied.

The BBC has contributed enormously to the degeneration of Britain. It is time to consign it to the dustbin of history. The first step must be to abolish the licence fee, as a public priority. Ultimately it needs to be broken up and sold off. The notion that this decayed, self-regarding, socially subversive institution is susceptible of reform is a delusion. State broadcasting is a totalitarian concept. Auntie has become a raddled old crone; this nation wants no more of her. (Breitbart 5 Nov 2014)




And what of Marr’s wife

She is Jacqueline Ashley, daughter of the late Labour politician, Baron Ashley of Stoke, is a television news reporter and newspaper journalist who writes for the New Statesman and The Guardian and regularly visits the BBC Studios. She specializes in the Labour Party, the media, politics, public services, trade unions and women’s issues.




Fun and Games at Downing Street


Marr, the author launched his new book from Downing Street following a glowing introduction by David Cameron and the great and good of other political parties. One wonders just how favoured he must be to receive such gracious treatment from the unlovely Tory grandees he is supposed to be holding to account. Remarkably, an awkward question managed to breach the bonhomie.

Liz Thomson, co-editor of the website ‘Book-Brunch’, asked Marr if having Cameron host the book launch ‘mightn’t compromise his position as impartial political interviewer for the BBC’.

Before he could reply, his wife, Jackie, Guardian columnist and daughter of Lord Ashley of Stoke, buttonholed Thomson and intervened, declaring “you’ve ruined my evening. You are despicable and a bitch.”

The event confirms public concern about the state of modern journalism that Ashley was appalled that one of the BBC’s most senior political journalists should be asked the one question that cried out to be raised. Or perhaps she would think nothing of her husband having his book launch party hosted by Putin, or Assad, or Maduro. Or, more to the point, of a leading Russian journalist teaming up with Putin in the same way. (Private Eye 19 Sep 2014)









People Of Influence – Sarah Smith – BBC Presenter – Arrived in Scotland Quietly – Grew Fast and Strong – Then Crowded Everyone Else Out of The Nest- Is There Nothing We Can Do?



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An Introduction

A few months before the start of the 2014 Scottish referendum campaign the BBC decided to clear out a number of Scottish based presenters replacing them with  reliable Unionists.

Broadcaster Sarah Smith, the daughter of the late Labour leader, John Smith who fitted the profile perfectly, was recruited at great expense from Channel 4 to anchor BBC2’s Referendum programme.

Sarah was ecstatic since she and her husband enjoy a close family relationship with her mother Baroness Smith with whom she lives, in Edinburgh and her Scottish based sister who  is married to Lord John Robertson’s son.

She was married, on the island of Iona, by the Rev Douglas Alexander, father of Labour Party stalwarts Douglas and Wendy.

A picture of Labour Party links so strong it should have ensured she would be the last person on earth to be contracted by the BBC to present unbiased commentary in a referendum which could possibly bring an end to the party of her beloved father and all of her close knit family and friends.


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The BBC –  A Labour Party Fiefdom and the 2014 referendum

Including Smith the impartial BBC blatantly foisted a number of other high profile Unionist supporting television and radio presenters onto the Scottish public.

Two of the most prominent being Kisty Wark, a close personal friend of the Labour Party ex-first minister McConnell and James Naughtie, right wing unionist and chief executive of the British American Project.

Unfairly, the 2014 “Better Together” campaign was led by a group of Anglos all with a Unionist persuasion, who had long ago deserted Scotland for greener pastures.

People whose concept of Scotland and Scots mirrored the village of Brigadoon.

Not for them the re-birth of Scotland, as a democratic state  taking its place in the world once more.


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The Internet Social media hits back

A post on the “exposing anti-independence bias on the BBC” Facebook page asserted:

“The appointment of Sarah Smith to “assist” the coming referendum debate alongside Jim Naughtie is another instance of London based “talent” being shipped in to make the case for the Union.”


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Sexual Harassment  and the BBC

Smith spoke of her distaste at the level of sexist culture she had witnessed almost daily  during her previous employment at the BBC.

Her claim that female staff were regularly pressured into having sex with senior journalists was disappointing since she had done nothing to stop it.





Saville Inquiry – Sarah Gets Wise long after the event

The BBC was ordered to launch an inquiry into its cultural practices in previous decades and recently.

Business Correspondent Sarah Smith reflected on her own experience with the Corporation in the 1990s:

“I joined the BBC in Glasgow as a 20 year old trainee in 1989. I never saw any underage sex or rapes.

But in those days sexist jokes and inappropriate touching were considered normal.

That same year the BBC Scotland TV newsroom Christmas party had the theme of “Grape and Vine”.

Someone thought it was funny and went around Broadcasting House and deleting the “G” on every poster, changing the theme to “Rape and Vine”.

A fellow, female, trainee lodged a formal complaint with management, saying she did not wish to work in a newsroom displaying the posters and asked for them to be removed.

She was immediately shunned by just about all of the male journalists in the newsroom.

In the follow-up she was systematically ridiculed for being unable to take a joke and treated unfairly when assignments were being handed out.

The posters stayed in place leaving our only avenue of protest a boycott of the party.





Scotland’s Society Wedding of the Year

September 23 2007:  It was the most poignant of walks down the aisle for Sarah the eldest daughter of late Labour leader John Smith yesterday as she was married yards from her father’s grave.

Family and friends who travelled to Iona for the wedding included:

Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine. (Mentor of Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson and architect of New labour)

Lord Gordon, former chairman of Scottish Radio Holdings.

Lord Robertson, former Secretary General of NATO.

Lord Robertson’s son, Malcolm, married Sarah’s younger sister, Jane, three years before, at Port Charlotte, on Islay.

Jane, 35, was Sarah’s matron of honour while her other sister, Catherine, was a bridesmaid.

Other guests included Sarah’s Channel 4 colleague Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and main presenter Jon Snow.

The traditional service was led by family friend Rev Douglas Alexander, the father of International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and new Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander.


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back at BBC Scotland Things were not going well

In the months before the 2014 referendum BBC journalists and staff were at loggerheads with senior management over the role, identity and broadcasting profile of the BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs team.

Management and Staff consultation procedures had broken down on a number of occasions following accusations that management ruled by diktat and pronouncement which rendered fruitful discussion impossible.

Many organisational and programme presentation changes had been dropped on staff without discussion or warning.

An example being the surprise announcement that BBC Scotland “News-night “Scotland’ would be shut down soon. No discussion. No date of Closure. No staff briefing about their future. Staff made to sit on death row for months without knowing their fate.

Other worrying behaviour patterns developed. Scottish based journalists and staff employed for many years by the organisation were increasingly sidelined. Their views and opinions given very little purchase.

Staff became increasing aware that management had turned its face away from Scots who had made a great success of devolution. Preferring to promote retention of the union. The BBC had gone back 10 years.

The placement in the team, in leadership roles, of Unionist supporting presenters Sarah Smith and James Naughtie on very expensive contracts was paid for by the withdrawal of employment from some staff. This caused much consternation and unhappiness. Management and Staff union discussions failed to resolve matters and the unhappiness was manifest for some time.

Smith and Naughtie have qualities but they also have deep seated Labour Party and Unionist roots and backgrounds, and have not been engaged in the Scottish debate, having spent long periods living elsewhere but Scotland.

Their express dismissal of anything positive about the SNP was prevalent in their persona and this has never been challenged by management despite staff unease.









People Of Influence Whom You Hardly Know – John McCormick – Independent Electoral Commission



BBC Scotland Controller – John McCormick

In the late 1990s, a “Scottish Six news” commanded cross party support from the then controller of BBC Scotland John McCormick. But the BBC said it was “not minded” to listen because such a move would be “bad for the UK”.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats called it a “classic London Establishment fix-up” and blamed a “control freak tendency”.

Professor Lindsay Paterson resigned from the Broadcasting Council for Scotland.


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Scottish Government -BBC Scotland Controller in stand off  0ver Holyrood Building Video Tapes

BBC Scotland controller John McCormick is adamant that only a court order will force him to hand over unseen television footage to the Lord Fraser Inquiry into the building of Scotland’s new Parliament.

His steadfast refusal to hand over the Holyrood tapes has been greeted with anger by opposition parties in Scotland and immersed the BBC in a highly public row with the Scottish Executive.

Lord Fraser, whose inquiry opened in Edinburgh on Tuesday, is said to be “dismayed” by the decision to withhold material filmed over five years for a BBC series, which he said could be of “immense value” to his investigation.

With the BBC involved in a high-stakes stand-off, the issue could land up in the courts as a legal battle between the two sides looms.

McCormick, fully supported by BBC director general Greg Dyke, (in post from January 2000 until 29 January 2004,  a position from which he resigned following heavy criticism of the BBC’s news reporting process in the Hutton Inquiry) said only a court order would make him change his mind.


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The Independent Electoral Commission

Employed by the BBC for 34 years, John McCormick was Secretary then Controller of BBC Scotland, 1992 -2004  before being  appointed to the post of Commissioner in 2008, with the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog and regulator of party and election finance.

The referendum held on September 18 last wasn’t so much an electoral process as an unfettered festival of jiggery-pokery and gerrymandering since the illustrious electorial commission is headed up by the former Controller of BBC Scotland whose best pal, (John Boothman) is a former apparatchik in Scottish Labour’s high command, and the Herald’s one-time business correspondent to boot. If you really must hatch a conspiracy theory, it might as well be both believable, and true, while at the same time hugely entertaining.

The Electoral Commission, argued John McCormick, is well-placed to lend support on Salmond’s historic plebiscite. The people of Scotland face a historic decision in the independence referendum and must have confidence that it reflects the will of the people. To command that confidence the referendum must be transparent, open to scrutiny and deliver a result accepted by all.


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