Saturday, 7 March 2015


The BBC can be openly accused of peddling misinformation in this James Cook article.

The SNP have always stated any approach to enter a coalition with Labour at Westminster would be rebuffed, the SNP position has always been support of a minority Labour Government on the basis of confidence and supply. There has been no change, there is no ‘now appears’ as Mr Cook seeks to insinuate.

Mr Cook also pursues the fallacy, contained in the badly spun Guardian interview with Nicola Surgeon, that there maybe a softening of the SNP line on Trident. Ms Sturgeon has requested that the Guardian correct this insinuation, she never said this, the SNP position on Trident has not changed, the party and its membership are opposed to any renewal.

The constitutional issue becomes more interesting as a majority of SNP MPs after May 2015 means they will now represent the ‘considered will of the people of Scotland’ at Westminster. This means that for any UK Bill effecting Scotland to succeed, whether Tory or Labour, will need the agreement of the SNP under the terms of Article 19 of the Treaty of Union. 

Lord Cooper made clear in 1953 that Scotland had not been subsumed by England by the Treaty of Union and that the purely English constitutional concept of ‘the crown in parliament’ had no equivalence in Scotland, as under the Claim of Right (1689) entrenched by the Treaty of Union, the people of Scotland are sovereign by nature of their considered will being paramount. 

Lord Cooper’s legal point regarding ‘the considered will of the people of Scotland being paramount’ was tested in AXA et al vs the Lord Advocate in 2011 and, contrary to the BBC view, at the time, that the Scottish Parliament was facing humiliation, the UK Supreme Court found against AXA et al because the bill of the Scottish Parliament reflected the ‘considered will of the people of Scotland’ which is paramount.

I know I will have just spent a wasted 20 minutes typing this because the BBC is not an impartial news organisation, it is no longer interested in the integrity of its offerings and is now the British State Broadcaster, beholden to the British Establishment and the status quo, so Mr Cook's erroneous interpretation will remain unchanged and uncorrected.

The BBC is now no better than the old Soviet State Pravda.


  1. This would account for the panic emanating from Westminster. Good point.

  2. The worry is they, westminster, will do anything to ensure that they do not have to answer to the people of Scotland, be great to say it's all coming out in the wash, but that only applies to some enlightened and well read, those not addicted to mass media propaganda, especially the bbc, which they take for gospel, brrrrr.