SNP min­is­ters will snub Sal­mond’s show

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Michael Black­ley and Rachel Wat­son

NI­COLA Stur­geon and her min­is­ters are set to snub Alex Sal­mond’s new show be­cause of his de­ci­sion to host it on a Krem­lin-backed TV sta­tion.

The First Min­is­ter and her Cab­i­net are planning to steer clear be­cause they do not want to ap­pear on RT, a chan­nel de­scribed by the US Gov­ern­ment as ‘a state-run pro­pa­ganda ma­chine’.

Mr Sal­mond last night re­vealed that he chose to host the show on RT be­cause they made the ‘best of­fer’ – in­di­cat­ing that he may have turned down of­fers from Bri­tish broad­cast­ers in favour of the Rus­sian firm.

One of his al­lies, for­mer Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Kenny MacAskill, also faced ridicule yes­ter­day when he blamed the UK Gov­ern­ment for Mr Sal­mond’s de­ci­sion to join RT – be­cause it didn’t se­cure him a plum in­ter­na­tional role.

Scot­tish Tory MP Colin Clark, who ousted Mr Sal­mond at the Gen­eral Elec­tion, said: ‘Alex Sal­mond de­cides to be­come Vladimir Putin’s TV pup­pet and Kenny MacAskill’s re­sponse is, it’s all West­min­ster’s fault.

‘It’s the same old SNP line – refuse to ad­mit a mis­take and blame the UK Gov­ern­ment for ev­ery­thing.’

The first edi­tion of The Alex Sal­mond Show is sched­uled to broad­cast to­mor­row.

But Miss Stur­geon’s spokesman yes­ter­day con­firmed that no min­is­ter will ap­pear on the de­but show – or any fu­ture edi­tion. Asked if any min­is­ter will be on Thurs­day’s de­but show, he replied: ‘No’.

Re­gard­ing any fu­ture ap­pear­ances, he said: ‘No, I don’t ex­pect so. I don’t think you’ve seen any Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters on RT any­time, so I don’t an­tic­i­pate that chang­ing any time soon.’

Dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on Chan­nel 4 News last night, Mr Sal­mond said he agreed to broad­cast the show on RT be­cause they made the ‘best of­fer’.

He added: ‘I of­fered the show to a range of broad­cast­ing com­pa­nies and RT UK put in the best of­fer – and also one that of­fers an in­ter­na­tional plat­form.’

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