The news agenda has (once again) been set by a Labour soundbite, the Scottish budget is apparently proof that the SNP are biased against Glasgow.
The BBC are pursuing this claim as though it had merit. There appears no analysis of any kind of the allegation, nor a requirement on anyone from Labour to define it. The budget has been ignored and in it’s place we have a wholely contrived ‘debate’ on whether the SNP is indeed guilty of such a charge.
Allegations of bias and/or prejudice are very serious, especially when they appear malicious and made in an opportunistic and flippant manner. It is one thing to decry the cancelling of GARL, however it is quite another to allege prejudice on the part of Government ministers or the party they represent.
The Labour politicians indulging in this latest smear campaign must at the very least explain what they mean when they say the SNP are anti Glasgow? They appear to be suggesting a form of intra-regional racism or regional xenophobia on the part of the SNP.
To suggest that the cancellation of GARL is justification on it’s own is simply ridiculous when we remember that the Edinburgh airport link suffered the same fate and no such charge was made. Furthermore, the SNP were very much against the Edinburgh trams project and again no such charge was made.
So, what other evidence is there to support this latest Labour smear?
Since the BBC have decided that this irresponsible allegation is the major issue of the budget, then it is surely their duty to ask the leader of Labour at Holyrood exactly what this phrase means and what evidence he has to justify it.
A failure to do so will leave the BBC in Scotland facing accusations that it is is quite happy to headline any Labour attack regardless of merit and to put any Labour allegation to SNP politicians whatever the allegation may be.
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