In response to Mrs C S Smith’s letter (liberal democracy, January 4), it is full of personal opinion but devoid of facts in support of her attack on Nicola Sturgeon.
I have to make assumptions as to what the matters are that prompt her opinions as she doesn’t specify any of them other than Stephen Daisley.
The demonstration outside the BBC building in Glasgow during the independence referendum was not organised by the SNP but was a spontaneous event in response to a report by political journalist Nick Robinson.
In Robinson’s report on the news about a question and answer event with Alex Salmond, he said he asked Salmond a question to which he did not answer. The fact was that Salmond gave a full and detailed answer. Robinson has since apologised for it.
Where is the evidence that Nicola Sturgeon or the SNP want to control the media? Mrs Smith does not give any. The BBC by its very nature is a part of the establishment and will always present or report the establishment point of view at all times.
The clue is in the name: The British Broadcasting Corporation.
Other media like the Daily Mail, Express, Telegraph and Sun will promote the party that they support, the Tory party. Read the English editions of those papers to find the untruths, distortions and general insulting content they print about Scotland and our government.
Stephen Daisley, who is a political journalist, introduced his political bias into his pieces. You would be hard pressed to find Bernard Ponsonby, the BBC’s Brian Taylor and other good journalists doing the same. If Daisley wants freedom to express his political point of view he should become a columnist or perhaps better understand the rules and principles of journalism.
The banning of football songs, I assume, is reference to the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act. Some songs deserve to be banned, like the Famine Song and others. I would doubt Mrs Smith would consider their singing an expression of free speech.
Besides the songs are not the sole intention of the act. I note that Police Scotland are investigating the case of Celtic’s ‘superfan’, a Down’s Syndrome child who has been the victim of online trolls on social media.
Again, I assume the state monitoring opinion refers to the named persons proposals. The judges who recently ruled on this matter did not reject the principle of the legislation, only certain elements of it.
This will now be taken into account by the Scottish Government, amended and re-introduced.