The Sunday morning political TV shows get reviewed. Linsey Bews hosted BBC’s Politics Scotland with guests Professor Steve Reicher and DFM John Swinney. We also cover Ridge and Marr as usual.
We have a serious debate following the publication of evidence prepared by Alex Salmond for the James Hamilton inquiry. Hamilton is responding to FM Nicola Sturgeon after she ‘reported’ herself about whether she misled Parliament over meetings with Salmond in 2018.
Possible delays to the Holyrood 2021 General Election come up and also Council elections in England.
It was a busy Friday press briefing. In our review we cover the disturbing numbers in hospital and the high death rate. We discover that it’s anti-virus anti-bodies that matter and not who makes the vaccination. Teachers and police officers will not jump the vaccination queue. The FM is in total command as per usual.
We discuss another ill-informed piece in the New Statesman about Gordon Brown and DEVO, this time by Chris Deerin
Joanna Cherry reminds us of historical precedent as the SNP head to a National Assembly that will discuss “the tactics and strategy on the route from here to Independence Day”.
Mark Hirst has been acquitted of the politically inspired charge in relation to the Alex Salmond affair.
We focus on the Andrew Marr show followed by two articles in the Sunday Times by Alex Massie.
In interview by Marr, Northern Ireland FM Arlene Foster avoided the word ‘border’, reminding us that it’s 100 years since the current United Kingdom union began and that the Brexit NI protocol can be ended by a Stormont vote in four years.
Then in interview, PM Johnson failed to affect Stewart’s blood pressure and revealed little for a Monday tabloid headline though Marr challenged him over what democratic tools were left for a pro Scottish independence voter if a fresh indyref was refused.
Alex Massie returns to assist us in dissecting topical independence issues.
We begin with the Holyrood Brexit vote to refuse consent for Scotland. Mike Russell made a barnstorming speech winding up for the Scottish Government. There’s a clip at the end.
The rest of the show takes a familiar route linking topical issues/people as follows:-..
FT article offering advice to serious Unionists. Occupied Scotland, Trojan horse, transport infrastructure, Borders Railway to Carlisle, direct European transport links, North Sea electricity inter-connector, Scottish water, Lesley Riddoch wins award, Stewart voted Tory, Sicilian Mafia think London is more corrupt, new gangster Lords, Joanna Cherry, wheesht for Nicola, drive for democracy, 100% Scot V 8% Brit.. you figure?, no UK election for 8 years, English foot on the throat of Scotland, taxi full of weapons, Holyrood campaign.. Nicola Sturgeon has no big idea, Welsh Labour shame SNP Government.