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    Question Time Panel Imbalance

    The panel on Question Time last night consisted of a 4:1 Unionist bias plus a non partisan journalist who eventually said she was probably going to vote Yes. The inclusion of the loud mouthed Galloway and the irrelevant Farage merely compounded the problem. Their parties are not represented in Scottish politics, Galloway in fact was soundly beaten in 2011.
    and UKIP struggle to gain even 1% of the vote. The Greens should have been represented instead of Farage. A question on Independence was bound to be asked and there should have been equal representation from the Yes & No camps, not the totally one sided farce we viewed - Robertson & Riddoch however put in sterling performances given the inbalance. Who will referee the BBC? Wings Over Scotland | Highly Questionable Time

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    The poor old BBC can never win, they are continualy been accused of everything from been too left wing, too right wing, pro Israel, anti Israel and everything else you can think of.

    If the programme last night had focused entirely on Scottish politics and Scottish politicians, then viewers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland would have moaned and complained, the programme is after all a UK wide programme, and whilst it is only natural to touch upon the independence question, because it effects all of us, there are other issues to discuss and the programme must portray issues affecting the whole of the UK.

    It just so happens that of the FOUR main political parties in Scotland, three are unionist, thats not the fault of the BBC

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    The 4:1 unionist 'bias' actually reflects public opinion in Scotland, where only a minority of (slightly over 25%) support independence! I think that's perfectly fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchfinder View Post
    If the programme last night had focused entirely on Scottish politics and Scottish politicians, then viewers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland would have moaned and complained, the programme is after all a UK wide programme, and whilst it is only natural to touch upon the independence question, because it effects all of us, there are other issues to discuss and the programme must portray issues affecting the whole of the UK
    You should read my post. Where did I say that the programme should have been all about Scotland?

    It just so happens that of the FOUR main political parties in Scotland, three are unionist, thats not the fault of the BBC
    The politics of Scotland at the moment is the Yes/No question and should have reflected this. I would not have disagreed with a 3:2 ratio plus Lesley Riddoch, especially as she finally admitted where her sympathies lay. I am surprised that you think that Scottish politicians do not hold views on matters that affect the UK and are unable to express these in a way that can be understood by an English audience.
    I would point out that time and again we have to listen to questions on education etc. which have no relevance to this country.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperduck Quack Quack
    The 4:1 unionist 'bias' actually reflects public opinion in Scotland, where only a minority of (slightly over 25%) support independence! I think that's perfectly fair
    Just where do you get these figures from. The last two polls put Yes at 36% (panelbase) and 31% (Ipsos Mori). The againsts were on 44% and 59% respectively. Anyway the fight is between two camps and should have reflected this. PatricK Harvie instead of Galloway and a Liberal in place of Farage would have been the 'fair' thing to have done.

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    The Scottish population have a very big decision in front of them maybe they missed a trick in not asking Nigle what he actually thought regarding the union. OK they were only kids but realy, One of them thought he was going to be set upon as soon as he put foot the other side of Hadrians ruin and another thought independence would lead to a new treaty with Aliens .

    It was a bit of a joke episode ,I agree Farage should have given it a swerve but after his 'lock in ' I guess you deserved him

    FYI http://ukipscotland.files.wordpress....stoscotsdl.pdf

    Looking at what you are after (independence) and whats on offer (an EU regional council) maybe you should be looking at what UKIP have to offer rather than dismissing them because they are Inglese . Its probably your best bet and as close to independence you will get.

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    Newsnet Scotland reports that the issue may be brought to the parliament in the form of a censure motion. In addition to the complaint from the Greens, one has now been sent by the Electoral Reform Society. BBC becomes issue in indy debate as Question Time row deepens The BBC is sadly mistaken if it thinks this blatant piece of bias will go away
    Quote Originally Posted by Streetwalker View Post
    The Scottish population have a very big decision in front of them maybe they missed a trick in not asking Nigle what he actually thought regarding the union
    As the main question was about Independence he had ample opportunity to go on about his, and his party's view.
    and whats on offer (an EU regional council)
    So, you believe Westminster is a regional council? Try asking the various EU member states if they are Independent countries and see the reaction. The countries pool some sovereignty but retain the vast majority of powers.
    maybe you should be looking at what UKIP have to offer
    In 1997, the Scottish people voted to set up the present Scottish Parliament including taxation powers.. UKIP wants to override that democratic decision and form a Westminster committee of Scottish MPs
    rather than dismissing them because they are Inglese
    We dismiss it because it is irrelevant to Scotland. Indeed, the recent local elections in England showed that UKIP has little support in the North of that country. So, as well as not being a party of the whole United Kingdom, it is not even a party of the whole of England.
    Its probably your best bet and as close to independence you will get.

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    Well whatever may happen, and obviouslyThomas and yourself desire independence,I think if you get your wish it will a disappointment. You will just swap one bunch of lying, cheating, self serving tossers for another, your only consolation being they will your very own lying,cheating ,self serving tossers.
    To paraphase one of our last great political leaders Winston Spencer Churchill "Never in the field of British politics and Brexit was so much expected by so many of so few......only to be bitterly disappointed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayloon View Post
    Newsnet Scotland reports that the issue may be brought to the parliament in the form of a censure motion. In addition to the complaint from the Greens, one has now been sent by the Electoral Reform Society. BBC becomes issue in indy debate as Question Time row deepens The BBC is sadly mistaken if it thinks this blatant piece of bias will go away
    As the main question was about Independence he had ample opportunity to go on about his, and his party's view.
    So, you believe Westminster is a regional council? Try asking the various EU member states if they are Independent countries and see the reaction. The countries pool some sovereignty but retain the vast majority of powers.
    In 1997, the Scottish people voted to set up the present Scottish Parliament including taxation powers.. UKIP wants to override that democratic decision and form a Westminster committee of Scottish MPs
    We dismiss it because it is irrelevant to Scotland. Indeed, the recent local elections in England showed that UKIP has little support in the North of that country. So, as well as not being a party of the whole United Kingdom, it is not even a party of the whole of England.
    I understand your contempt for the BBC , it is as we all know an institution with its own agenda .

    Yes Nigel has made his point but would be able to do so more effectively if it were not for being locked inside a public house

    Yes Westminster is becoming little more than a regional council , its purpose to rubber stamp the decisions of the EU. Maybe ask the countries across the med if they think they are independent countries , they sold that when they joined the euro.

    UKIP policy is for government to be carried out at local levels , that would include the people of Scotland making their own decisions through referendums on important issues.

    England is not a North and South divide , its England and should be taken as a whole . No UKIP dont do so well in Labour areas , but we are working on it.


    I wish you well on your quest , just dont take the wrong path

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetwalker View Post
    Yes Nigel has made his point but would be able to do so more effectively if it were not for being locked inside a public house
    He received a lot more free publicity than his 'press conference' would have had. We'll see, on Friday morning, just how much the UKIP vote in Scotland increases as a result of recent media exposure.

    Maybe ask the countries across the med if they think they are independent countries , they sold that when they joined the euro
    I think all membvers of the EU retain their Independence, they just pool some of their sovereignty. Maybe ask the Baltic states, the Czech Republic etc if they believe their respective countries are not Independent.

    UKIP policy is for government to be carried out at local levels , that would include the people of Scotland making their own decisions through referendums on important issues
    The policy is to do away with the Scottish Parliament and replace it with a toothless committee of MPs. The people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly in 1997 for the present constitutional arrangement. What right has your party to ride roughshod over the will of the Scottish people?

    England is not a North and South divide , its England and should be taken as a whole . No UKIP dont do so well in Labour areas , but we are working on it
    The fact is that UKIP did not do well in the North of your country. It is a party of the South of England

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