Here’s a bizarre offering from the BBC bigging up the SNP leader in this very pro-SNP piece….
Curiously after the wall to wall coverage the BBC gave to the leader’s debate last week the BBC is very coy about what happened in the one in Scotland where this happened…
Nicola Sturgeon was booed in the first Scottish leaders’ debate when she refused to rule out a second independence referendum.
Questioned by Bernard Ponsonby, STV’s political editor, she said there would be no referendum after May 7, but when he asked what would happen “after 2016”, she was booed when she said: “That is another matter, we will write that manifesto when we get there. I will fight one election at a time.”
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was booed by a section of the audience when she was quizzed on the SNP’s stance on another Scottish independence referendum.
She said she would not rule out such a call in the manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, saying: ‘That’s another matter.’
The admission sparked howls of derision from the audience.
The BBC instead gives us this headline…
Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP would help make Ed Miliband prime minister if the Conservatives failed to win a majority in the general election.
Of course that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t prefer Cameron in No10…just that if that doesn’t happen she couldn’t be seen to be helping Cameron back in even if that is what she wants….and she could run rings around Miliband anyway…so why not have a stooge in No10 as a last resort should the hated Tories not help her out themselves by getting elected?
And absolutely no mention of booing by the BBC…can you imagine them not mentioning that if Cameron, or Farage, got booed? Here they paint Sturgeon as the voice of moderation just waiting on the voice of the people to guide her….
During the two-hour debate, Ms Sturgeon said she respected the result of the independence referendum last year and insisted the Westminster election was “not a re-run of the referendum campaign”.
She said a vote for the SNP meant a loud voice for Scotland at Westminster.
Former SNP leader and first minister Alex Salmond had said a further referendum was off the agenda for a generation.
Nicola Sturgeon said it was a decision for the people of Scotland, not politicians. “I can’t impose a referendum,” she said.
And who won the debate? Did Sturgeon match up to her performance last week?…here’s the Telegraph’s Michael Deacon’s verdict…
Most impressive of these four leaders on the night has been Ruth Davidson. We’ve just seen a Tory, in Scotland, arguing passionately in favour of tuition fees – and getting applause. That takes some doing. She’s looked smart, she spoke with feeling, and unlike David Cameron she hasn’t relentlessly droned the same lines again and again about the economy. She doesn’t sound programmed.
Nicola Sturgeon is articulate and shrewd but she hasn’t looked anywhere near as confident as she did in the UK-wide debate. Last week, she was the outsider attacking the Establishment. Tonight, though, she herself is the Eatablishment, with her own government’s record to defend – and she hasn’t looked quite so comfortable doing that.
Jim Murphy was under the cosh during last night’s Scottish Leaders’ Debate, repeatedly mansplaining to Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon and coming fourth with the Sun’s Twitter worm. This is the moment the Scottish Tory leader pummelled her Labour counterpart on the economy….
There was no snap poll, but Ruth was the resounding winner among the pundits…
Strange that we don’t have the BBC applauding a Tory getting applause and having a successful debate. As Deacon says it was relatively easy for Sturgeon to win out last week being the outsider just having to look as ‘statesmanlike’ as possible….not so easy when you have to actually defend yourself in the real world.
If you read the pro-SNP papers, or dip a toe in the murky world of Cybernat twitter, you could be forgiven for thinking all of Scotland was in hock to an angry, suspicious Nationalist creed that believes the referendum was “stolen” by Westminster and the BBC.
This audience is a useful corrective. Questioners demand tax cuts, keeping Trident and deficit reduction. There is applause for those who question Sturgeon.
There’s a big shocked gasp when Sturgeon refuses to rule out a second referendum in the manifesto.
What do the Cybernats, who claim to speak for Scotland, say? The audience “plants”, apparently.
The BBC’s coverage is deliberately very anodyne and favours Sturgeon.