Scottish Parliament to BAN the BBC from Holyrood

Holyrood logoBBC logoNo! The Scottish Parliament is NOT going to BAN the BBC from Holyrood.

Nor will the Scottish Parliament BAN the oil-y trade magazine ‘Energy Voice’ – which is published by the traditionally virulently anti-trade union company DC Thomson (which also publishes ‘Oor Wullie’ and ‘The Broons’ in the Sunday Post) from Holyrood.

Or at least we hope not.

oor wullieBut the Scottish Parliament MUST BAN Oor Wullie  (illustrated, left) and the BBC if it insists on sticking to its illogical ‘sauce-for-the-goose’ ‘verdict’ that these media are ‘not important enough’ to merit being awarded a (tax-payer funded) ‘go-faster’ pass through the (failed-airport-style) security gate for punters (that’s how they regard YOU VOTER!).

For the Scottish Parliament to BAN the BBC and Oor Wullie (or any of his corporate anti-trade union publishing pals at DC Thomson – which publishes the ‘Dundee Courier’, the Aiberdeen Journals and ‘Energy Voice’) is as illogical, indefensible and anti-democratic as its ACTUAL BAN on Scottish Energy News from the Scottish Parliament.

Yet this this the answer which the local authority-level jobsworths at Holyrood insist must be the case.


As a result, MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee are being prevented from deciding for theirselves on whether to endorse the Scottish Parliament BAN on Scottish Energy News because their (hugely) salaried-clerks have acted as ‘judge and jury’ –  in their place – in deciding that Scottish Energy News is NOT a bona fide media channel, thereby withholding a routine media badge which they dish out to highly-respected Scottish energy experts such as Oor Wullie, The Broons,  DC Thomson Ltd  and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all..

Let’s not forget that DC Thomson (publisher of the oil-y trade magazine Energy Voice, the Sunday Post, the Dundee Courier and the Aiberdeen Journals) is the traditionally virulently anti-trade union publisher which camouflaged all its delivery trucks in (battleship) grey during the 1926 British General Strike to stop them being picketed by bona fide trade unionists..)

And also let’s not forget this is the (very) touchy (feely) SNP-dominated parliament and government that stripped US Presidential prospective Republican candidate Donald Trump of his status as an ‘ambassador for Scotland’ because he wants to ban muslims from the entering the USA.

Similarly, let us not forget that the SNP-led (and dominated) Scottish parliament (and government) is barely being restrained from showing all its political fangs – tartan in tooth and claw – in launching an all-out attack-dog assault on the UK government’s Trade Union Bill which will (yet again) BAN hitherto legitimate trade union picketing in industrial disputes of the sort which DC Thomson notoriously set a model for 60 years previously in 1926 in the British State v The Miners in the 1984 coal mines dispute.

And yet DC Thomson journalists (including, presumably the reknowned Scottish energy experts such as Oor Wullie and Maw  Broon) are magisterially ‘granted’ permission by the jobsworths at Holyrood with unfettered access to (y/oor) Scottish Parliament because they are ‘real media’.

At the same time, the clerks to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee imperially decide that Scottish Energy News is not as good as Oor Wullie, Fat Boab, PC Murdoch (and we a’ ken how much easy access he – and his Australian cousin, who’s faither Rupert, who was born in the Western Isles  – has to the real parliament at Westminster…)

So, Scottish Energy News asks the members of the Scottish Parliament the following three simple questions on modern (Scots) history:

  1. Do you (or yer clerks) make the big decisions on democracy?
  2. Are you an MSP. Or a moose who does as it’s tellt by the clerks?
  3. Or is the Scottish Parliament BAN on Scottish Energy News STILL going to be a BAN ON SCOTTISH DEMOCRACY?

Send your answers on an email-card to: VOTE FOR SCOTISH ENERGY DEMOCRACY at

  2. (The chief clerk)
  3. (a clerk to the Scottish Parliament petitions committee)

Note to clerks; See evidence / petition 2  March 2016

Scottish Parliament BAN on Scottish Energy News is a BAN ON DEMOCRACY

Scottish Energy News would like to be able to bring our thousands of readers around the world** news reports from First Minister’s Question Time at Holyrood tomorrow (3 March)when Labour MSP Neil Findlay is due to ask Nicola Sturgeon what is the position of the Scottish Government on shale-gas ‘fracking’.

But the Scottish Parliament’s chief clerk, Paul Grice – a former local government worker in Haddington where the main media outlet was the weekly East Lothian Courier  – has banned Scottish Energy News from Holyrood on the specious grounds that we are not ‘real’ media.

While the thousands of Scottish Energy News readers **  who include 75% of Scotlands’ MSPs  – realise (but Grice doesn’t)  ‘energy news’ is one of the top day and daily topics of ‘Scottish parliament’ news. Energy – oil, gas, wind, solar, wave, and biomass – affects every MSP. And every one of their constituents

Energy prices affect people day and daily in their every day lives.

And there is no greater challenge facing the chief clerk of the Scottish Parliament(and readers, voters, and consumers worldwide) than combating harmful climate-change.

Banning Scottish Energy News from bona fide media access to Scotland’s parliament ..  by the clerk in charge of ‘administration’ at the Scottish Parliament – is, in effect, a BAN ON DEMOCRACY.

Yet, at the same time, the Scottish Parliament spends taxpayers’ money in providing accommodation and support services to a notoriously anti-trade union company, Dundee-based DC Thomson Ltd, which owns and publishes local newspapers in Aberdeen as well as a regional oil-industry newsletter – both of which (rightly) have unlimited  media access to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

See also: Sturgeon met INEOS shale gas king the SAME DAY that her Govt. announced Scottish fracking moratorium  


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