Scottish Independence and the “Freeman Movement”

Hi Guys (and Gals)! Derek McLean here, reporting as ever for! You may or may not have heard of “The Freeman movement”. It’s something that I’ve had a passing interest in, but only today has it become relevant. Let me explain. Since the referendum has been and gone, apart from the disappointment we have […]

BBC News favoured the No Campaign by a ratio of more than 2 to 1

BBC News favours the No Campaign by a ratio of more than 2 to 1 By Professor John Robertson (12/09/2014) Last night (Thursday 11th September) I watched BBC 1’s coverage of the events around the visit to Scotland of the three Westminster leaders and the press conference with First Minister, Alex Salmond. As the thirty-minute […]

The flags of Catalunya

This morning the Catalan First Minister, Artur Mas, announced that an unofficial consultation about independence would be held on 9 Nov 2014. A more binding official independence referendum planned for the same date has been blocked by legal moves from Spain. Our attention will be focused on developments there over the next few weeks. Watching […]

The Scotsman’s Trolls Savage the Professor

The Scotsman’s Trolls Savage the Professor In January, Doctor Robertson of the University of the Best of Scotland, published research on TV News coverage of the Scottish Referendum debate. It showed bias against the Yes campaign. The BBC responded quickly to rubbish the research and report the researcher to his boss, the Principal. None of […]

The BBC’s Even Hand? One Egg-thrower and a Many Fascists Charge

Thanks to Professor John Robertson of the University of the West of Scotland for contributing this article. The BBC’s Even Hand? One Egg-thrower and a Many Fascists Charge. BBC Scotland Monitor: Report 21/9/14 Reporting Scotland 19th September 2014: The George Square ‘Scuffles’ Remember the egg-thrower? Remember, the ‘vile’ Yes supporter who egged one BT speaker […]

Anthony Barnett on Carswell and UKIP

On 15th September 2014, just 3 days before Scotland’s independence referendum, we broadcast a Tom Nairn book launch live from Edinburgh. It was a venue packed tight with intellectuals of the left, who shared a solid, but in hindsight misplaced, confidence that we were on the brink of a YES victory. Anthony Barnett, founder of […]

The Outsourcing of Scotland’s Sovereignty

After having witnessed the Glasgow count on the night of September 18th, certain things didn’t feel right in retrospect. The Emirates Arena was huge, and the count could have been effectively completed in a much smaller area. Monitors like myself were able to watch the volunteer counters count he ballots, yet observing where the ballots […]