London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referendum is a book written by G.A.Ponsonby. The book chronicles BBC Scotland output with respect to the broadcaster's coverage of Scottish politics and the independence referendum.
The book was published in April 2015, seven months after the referendum on Scottish independence. The cost per copy was £9.99 for a paperback and £1.99 for the Kindle version.
The Scotland Bill has now gone through Parliament. The Vow hasn't been honoured. Scotland is light-years away from the panicked pledges that peppered the media in the final days of the referendum campaign.
On March 11th 2014, just six months before the independence referendum, three men appeared before Holyrood’s Culture Committee. The three were head of BBC Scotland - Ken MacQuarrie, his head of news and current affairs - John Boothman and the head of BBC Scotland’s Referendum Unit - John Mullin.
Well the hidden agenda has finally been exposed. It was all a ruse to try to paint the SNP as being ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the Tories.
We have had weeks whilst the Scottish media prepared the ground. Threats to end the council tax freeze, Cosla complaining about council funding and Scottish Labour accusing the SNP of being responsible for local authority cuts.
‘We need a healthy opposition.’ How many times have you heard political commentators say that? It’s true of course. All democracies require the party of power to be challenged.