FM de­serves to have a place in TV show­down

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Stur­geon, who faces dif­fi­cult ques­tions of her own, has at least been con­sis­tent from the start

The BBC should be falling over them­selves to book Ni­cola Stur­geon on to the Lead­ers’ De­bate they ap­pear to be plan­ning in seven days.

They should be mov­ing moun­tains to ac­com­mo­date the First Min­is­ter.

More than 48 per cent of vot­ers UK-wide chose to Re­main in the Euro­pean Union in 2016.

The idea that their views could be ad­e­quately rep­re­sented in a face-off be­tween Jeremy Cor­byn and Theresa May is for the birds.

This de­bate needs the voice of the First Min­is­ter and of Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Vince Ca­ble too.

Cor­byn is more cul­pa­ble than most for the chaos this en­ergy- sap­ping is­sue con­tin­ues to cause across ev­ery as­pect of Bri­tish life. The sus­pi­cion is that he is as Euroscep­tic to his core as Ja­cob Rees-Mogg, though for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Cor­byn cam­paigned for Re­main be­fore the ref­er­en­dum – al­beit with as much en­thu­si­asm as a Nor­folk turkey might be able to muster for the com­ing weeks. He’s sur­ren­dered his cred­i­bil­ity on Brexit and can’t be trusted to hold the PM to ac­count.

Any sus­pi­cion that the PM has made her ap­pear­ance con­di­tional on who the op­po­si­tion might be would ren­der the whole thing a waste of time.

Stur­geon, who does face some di f f icult ques­tions of her own on the is­sue, has at least been largely con­sis­tent since be­fore the start of the cam­paign. She has shown a will­ing­ness to get in­volved and would pro­vide the tough­est con­ceiv­able test for May.

The fact that the FM also rep­re­sents a de­volved na­tion within the UK with a vast Re­mainer ma­jor­ity makes her voice even more im­por­tant – vi­tal in fact.

Four days be­fore the Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, sup­port­ers of the Yes cam­paign marched on BBC Scot­land’s head­quar­ters to protest against per­ceived pro-Union bias.

Mis­judg­ing the sit­u­a­tion, as he did so fre­quently, Alex Salmond gave gen­tle en­cour­age­ment to the marchers when, in fact, they may have ac­tu­ally put off more than a few wa­ver­ers.

What­ever the ev­i­dence was of Beeb par­tial­ity, it hardly jus­ti­fied that scale of re­sponse. It ap­peared that some in the Yes move­ment were start­ing to lose the plot.

If Stur­geon is ig­nored this time round, they would face those ac­cu­sa­tions. They would find it em­i­nently more dif­fi­cult to de­fend the cor­po­ra­tion’s po­si­tion. Luck­ily they still have time to put it right.

One thing is guar­an­teed – it would make much bet­ter TV.

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