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    I've only just found this out. It happened nearly 11 hours ago (at the time of writing this). You probably don't even know it happened - unless you watched it happening live - for the BBC and other MSM outlets will do all they can to avoid you finding out.


    Today at FMQ's two men in paramilitary gear interrupted proceedings. They barracked the FM with allegations about IRA supporters in the SNP. They had to be removed from the chamber by the Police.


    Irrespective of your views on our FM or our Scottish Parliament this is a worrying development. Worrying that these two men were able so easily to gain access to the public gallery; disrupt proceedings and pose a serious security threat to our FM. I would sincerely hope that everyone reading this would agree that such behaviour should not be tolerated.


    But the worries don't end with the security issues outlined above. Just as worrying is surely the fact that, at the time of writing, there has been no mention of this on the BBC's Scotland's news pages on the web. Just think about it. Men in paramilitary gear invade parliament; disrupt proceedings and hurl accusations at our nation's FM; and our state broadcaster ignores the event. In what other country in the, so-called, civilised world would that happen? It is utterly indefensible on so many levels I cannot even begin to count them. Now, the print media can get away with it. They make their allegiances very clear and are not bound by rules on impartiality. But the BBC are. That's one of the reasons the BBC is funded the way it is; we all pay and so we can all expect non-partisan editorial. The whole thing stinks to high heaven and is just a further example of the BBC ignoring its own guidelines on impartiality.


    I would also venture to suggest that if the two men concerned happened to be supporters of independence for Scotland and the disruption was directed at a Unionist MSP then the matter would be front and centre of every Scottish news bulletin.


    One final point. I gave up watching BBC Scotlandshire's news some time in mid 2014. This story may have been mentioned but I suspect not, or perhaps in scant detail and well down the running order. No doubt I'll be corrected if I am wrong on that issue. Even if I am wrong everything else is deeply worrying for our democracy.

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    I read a report about it in the Scotsman. I guess they could not be ejected in advance simply for the gear they were wearing ?? (but I don't know) but they were once they opened their mouth and started their outburst. Nicola Sturgeon took it all in her stride anyway and dealt with it well and it was Mr Mason who was the object of the protest. I guess it isn't the first time something like that happens and won't be the last. It sounds as though Holyrood downplayed it anyway.

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    John mason is an utter disgrace, how he still sits in Holyrood is beyond me.
    Someone speaks on here about tyranny, yes supports a political party which openly screens constituents to decide who is worth of representation and to hell with the rest who do not hold his own political viewpoint.
    Disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulmar View Post
    I read a report about it in the Scotsman. I guess they could not be ejected in advance simply for the gear they were wearing ?? (but I don't know) but they were once they opened their mouth and started their outburst. Nicola Sturgeon took it all in her stride anyway and dealt with it well and it was Mr Mason who was the object of the protest. I guess it isn't the first time something like that happens and won't be the last. It sounds as though Holyrood downplayed it anyway.
    Yes, but why isn't the BBC covering it like any self-respecting; impartial broadcaster should? Here we had parliament disrupted by people in paramilitary gear and the BBC doesn't think that is newsworthy. Come on!. It is utterly indefensible on every level.

    Thankfully nothing serious happened but that is not the point. This was a highly newsworthy event. It should have been on the main UK news never mind Misreporting Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi16 View Post
    John mason is an utter disgrace, how he still sits in Holyrood is beyond me.
    Someone speaks on here about tyranny, yes supports a political party which openly screens constituents to decide who is worth of representation and to hell with the rest who do not hold his own political viewpoint.
    Disgusting.
    From responses on another thread you appear to require your answers solely in English. I'll indulge you. Why is it that you invariably choose to direct your comments against the person rather than the position they are maintaining (a definition of ad hominem, by the way)?

    This issue raises questions about our state broadcaster's impartiality. If you want to discuss other unrelated matters start your own thread. In the meantime I will refrain from too much mention of the fact that these invaders were reported to have been dressed in paramilitary gear belonging to a particular N. Irish organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky Smeek View Post
    From responses on another thread you appear to require your answers solely in English. I'll indulge you. Why is it that you invariably choose to direct your comments against the person rather than the position they are maintaining (a definition of ad hominem, by the way)?

    This issue raises questions about our state broadcaster's impartiality. If you want to discuss other unrelated matters start your own thread. In the meantime I will refrain from too much mention of the fact that these invaders were reported to have been dressed in paramilitary gear belonging to a particular N. Irish organisation.
    I mentioned the person John Mason because he was the person that implemented the screening system, no use saying a MSP is it?
    It was John Mason.
    Were the chaps in Holyrood armed at all?
    It doesnt really make any odds what clothing they were wearing does it?
    If they broke the law then I am sure they will be punished, but I cannot see how you could be punished for wearing a Khaki jacket
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    Quote Originally Posted by mi16 View Post
    I mentioned the person John Mason because he was the person that implemented the screening system, no use saying a MSP is it?
    It was John Mason.
    Were the chaps in Holyrood armed at all?
    It doesnt really make any odds what clothing they were wearing does it?
    If they broke the law then I am sure they will be punished, but I cannot see how you could be punished for wearing a Khaki jacket
    Sorry, that's just too ridiculous to merit any more of a reply than this.

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    Not an actual BBC report but on Twitter which probably reached many more people anyway
    Posted at 12:21 23 Jan12:21 23 Jan
    A short suspension

    We have a short suspension due to a disturbance in the gallery.
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    A man in the public gallery has started shouting about the IRA and “brigadier Sturgeon”, and Parliament is briefly suspended while he’s huckled out by the police


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulmar View Post
    Not an actual BBC report but on Twitter which probably reached many more people anyway
    Posted at 12:21 23 Jan12:21 23 Jan
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    We have a short suspension due to a disturbance in the gallery.
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    That doesn't scream 'Hatred and bile' which Corky seems to love posting about. No where near sensationalist enough for his tastes.

    Did you see the picture of the two protesters? Hardly paramilitary gear, or if it is, half the young men I see in Lidl Thurso must be 'paramilitaries'

    I've come to the conclusion Corky isn't happy unless he is spreading hate, fear and propaganda. Sad sad individual.

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    Not a great similarity.
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    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1220350666322972672

    Audit of the protest here, cant say I disagree with what he said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodfellers View Post
    I've come to the conclusion Corky isn't happy unless he is spreading hate, fear and propaganda. Sad sad individual.
    No, I cant say I share that opinion....
    Oh wait, news just in...yes, yes I can say that I share your opinion

    Grade A walloper extraordinaire is Corky Smeek
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    This thread was started to allow discussion of the BBC's non-reporting of the incident in parliament yesterday. In particular the BBCs lack of impartiality.


    The Unionists on here don't want to discuss that, of course. It would mean them having to confront some uncomfortable and self-evident truths about how the BBC conducts itself. So, as ever they attack the message and try to diminish the importance of the issue. BBC Bias has been recorded, documented, analysed and published by Prof. John Robertson and this latest example, whilst one of the worst, is only one in a very, very long list.


    The BBC has a duty to report news. It is still, so far as I know, primarily a broadcasting organisation. If alleged paramilitary activists invade our nation's parliament to the potential fear and alarm of all those inside I think that deserves a mention on the news not just the Twitter account of one of their reporters. And I think all reasonable, law-abiding people would agree with me.


    So there we have it. Alleged para-militarists invade the Scottish parliament. None of the Unionists on here have condemned either the incident; the participants or the BBC. It leaves one wondering what would have had to have happened for them to do so. How extreme does the threat have to be before they would concede that the matter was serious. The only conclusion that, I think, one can draw from the reaction to the incident, by some of those on here, is that nothing about the matter worries them and that we should all get on with our reasonably happy lives. The threat to democracy, by the lack of reporting, and to the safety of parliamentarians is of no consequence to them. It is all the more surprising since many of the Unionists on here are Tories (the self-proclaimed party of law and order) and yet still they seem unperturbed by what has gone on. Curiously though, despite these invaders causing fear and alarm in our parliament by their threatening behaviour and by shouting and bawling at SNP MSPs one commentator on here accuses me of spreading "hate, fear and propaganda". I think we can all see who is doing that.


    Oh, and finally, it will be interesting to see the contrast in BBC coverage next time somebody in the street says something rude to Jackson Carlaw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mi16 View Post
    No, I cant say I share that opinion....
    Oh wait, news just in...yes, yes I can say that I share your opinion

    Grade A walloper extraordinaire is Corky Smeek
    And, right on cue and just to illustrate my point about the Unionists' reaction to this story and their attempts to diminish it the abuse is ramped up a level.

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    Corky, corky corky.....in the words of the late great Michael Winner...Calm down dear.

    It was a 'non' incident...YOU seem to be the only person perturbed by it.

    The news outlets have serious news to report.

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    Well, I actually wonder if it was not considered to be that worthy of note by those in the parliament themselves since, as I said earlier, they handled it well and the advice given to Mr Mason was 'don't engage'. After all, why give publicity to those 2 guys- that's what they wanted, the oxygen of publicity, so why gratify them.
    It's not been a cover up or a secret- it is out there in the media and Philip Sim appears to work for the BBC, I assume.
    Lastly, the outburst from those men was very anti-SNP and I'm sorry, Corky, but given what you believe and write on here, I think that you would have been laying into the BBC if they had reported on it as just showing their (according to you) anti SNP bias. The BBC can't win whatever they do in your eyes at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky Smeek View Post
    This thread was started to allow discussion of the BBC's non-reporting of the incident in parliament yesterday. In particular the BBCs lack of impartiality.


    The Unionists on here don't want to discuss that, of course. It would mean them having to confront some uncomfortable and self-evident truths about how the BBC conducts itself. So, as ever they attack the message and try to diminish the importance of the issue. BBC Bias has been recorded, documented, analysed and published by Prof. John Robertson and this latest example, whilst one of the worst, is only one in a very, very long list.


    The BBC has a duty to report news. It is still, so far as I know, primarily a broadcasting organisation. If alleged paramilitary activists invade our nation's parliament to the potential fear and alarm of all those inside I think that deserves a mention on the news not just the Twitter account of one of their reporters. And I think all reasonable, law-abiding people would agree with me.


    So there we have it. Alleged para-militarists invade the Scottish parliament. None of the Unionists on here have condemned either the incident; the participants or the BBC. It leaves one wondering what would have had to have happened for them to do so. How extreme does the threat have to be before they would concede that the matter was serious. The only conclusion that, I think, one can draw from the reaction to the incident, by some of those on here, is that nothing about the matter worries them and that we should all get on with our reasonably happy lives. The threat to democracy, by the lack of reporting, and to the safety of parliamentarians is of no consequence to them. It is all the more surprising since many of the Unionists on here are Tories (the self-proclaimed party of law and order) and yet still they seem unperturbed by what has gone on. Curiously though, despite these invaders causing fear and alarm in our parliament by their threatening behaviour and by shouting and bawling at SNP MSPs one commentator on here accuses me of spreading "hate, fear and propaganda". I think we can all see who is doing that.


    Oh, and finally, it will be interesting to see the contrast in BBC coverage next time somebody in the street says something rude to Jackson Carlaw.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-s...1175452/page/3

    it was reported
    Its just that it was a couple of normal guys having a dig at Nicola, not really worthy of much coverage at all.
    Also the Scottish Government dont like to advertise protests in their gaff as it may encourage others to do the same.
    The only outrage I see from it is from you.
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    If I had seen those men, I would not have associated them in any way with anything by the way that they were dressed.
    According to the account I read in the Scotsman:
    The incident at First Ministers Questions was later dismissed as a "bizarre intervention" by a spokesman for Nicola Sturgeon.

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    the guys a moonhowling crackpot, best treated with contempt
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