By a Newsnet reporter

On December 12th an official Scottish government report showed that racist attacks against a group describing themselves as “white British” had increased by twenty four per cent in the last year.

The statistic resulted in newspaper headlines suggesting, or in the case of one newspaper asserting, that attacks on English people was on the increase.

A press release was issued by Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie expressing concern over “anti-English rhetoric” and “racist abuse towards English”.

That day, listeners to Radio Scotland’s morning news programme Good Morning Scotland heard presenters reading out the aforementioned newspaper headlines.  This was followed by the host of Call Kaye, Kaye Adams, who in a trailer for her own phone in show said: “So, are we seeing a rise of anti-English sentiment in Scotland; up fifty percent apparently over the last seven years.”

When her radio phone in programme started, Ms Adams asked: “Is anti-English sentiment on the rise in Scotland”.  Listeners were asked if they saw it in their own area and to phone in to say what they believed the cause to be.

Neither of the three initial invited guest speakers challenged the interpretation that a rise in white-British attacks meant an increase in anti-English attacks.

Stuart Waiton from Abertay University didn’t challenge the view that there might be an increase in anti-English sentiment, instead he appeared more eager to play down the seriousness of any attacks.

Alastair Pringle from the Equality and Human Rights Commission also appeared to accept that there was indeed an increase but sought to try to partly explain it by suggesting the rise was linked to attacks on English police officers.

Conservative MSP John Lamont similarly didn’t challenge the suggestion that there was an increase in anti-English attacks.  However Mr Lamont would later say that the increase could be nothing more than friendly banter and further analysis was required in order to determine whether the independence debate was the cause of the rise.

There was a general acceptance being conveyed by the show that we were witnessing an upsurge in anti-English sentiment.

With the agenda set and listeners primed, the show kicked off and very quickly and predictably a stream of callers and texts messages were aired that sought to give examples of this apparent ‘rise’ in anti-English sentiment and who was to blame.

The first caller was from Hertfordshire who alleged he had been on the receiving end of indirect intimidation from an offensive barman on a ferry sometime in the 80s or 90s.

The caller’s story was bizarre, not least due to his attempt to link the obnoxious barman’s boorish antics to Margaret Thatcher.

Kaye - “Keith that was quite a while ago yeh?”

Caller - “I think it goes back to the eighties … goes back to Margaret Thatcher using Scotland as a testing ground for things like Trident and the poll tax.”

Kaye - “Maybe a political edge there”

This was the first introduction of the word ‘political’ into the programme.

The scene was set:  A rise in anti-English sentiment had been ‘established’ as the theme, an increase in such sentiment had been implicitly accepted as fact and into the melting pot as a reason for this ‘rise’ had been introduced politics.

It didn’t require a genius to see where this particular phone-in show was going to go.

On cue, two texts messages attacking the SNP or independence supporters were immediately read out by the show host.

“Well, well, well what a surprise.  Anti-English hatred is on the rise, no wonder with what’s been preached from the SNP it’s a worry” said the first text message.

“There’s been an anti-English feeling in Scotland far away from sport.  That’s the reason used by a large section of Scottish people who plan to vote for independence, it’s very, very scary we are a blinkered nation unfortunately.” said a second.

“I’m not sure what kind of further analysis we can actually do” said Kaye Adams in response to a suggestion from John Lamont that this would be required.

What listeners to the show would have been unaware of is that further analysis of the official figures was indeed carried out and showed that, over the last twelve months, anti-English attacks in Scotland actually decreased by 17%.

As far as we are aware, Newsnet Scotland is the only news site to report this inconvenient truth which was part of a statement issued by the Scottish government in the aftermath of the sensationalist headlines and equally sensationalist radio phone-in.

The show continued very much in this vein

It prompted a member of the Newsnet team to make a formal complaint to the BBC regarding the Call Kaye programme.  The response to this complaint we will now reveal, together with our own analysis.

Sparked fears or Sparked Prejudice?

The complaint, which can be read in full below, elicited a lengthy and detailed response which can also be read in full below.

The first thing we will deal with is the refusal to address a very specific quote made by the show host Kaye Adams.  At the end of the pre-show trailer Ms Adams was quite specific that there was a 50% increase in anti-English attacks over the last seven years.

Here is the trailer for the show, this time in full

Whether an inadvertent mistake or a deliberate ploy to increase listener feedback we don’t know, but the claim is very clear and very specific – there has been an increase in anti-English sentiment in Scotland over the last seven years.

This part of our complaint, that the show host asserted as fact something which was as yet unconfirmed, wasn’t addressed by the show’s producer.  It will form part of our follow-up complaint which the BBC will receive in the next day or so.

Kaye Adams did, it has to be said, read out all sorts of statistics but the general thrust of our complaint against the show was that it was party political and dangerously tribal, and that it encouraged politically sectarian responses from listeners.

Here is the part of the reply that defends the decision to discuss this apparent growth in anti-English sentiment:

“This was a reflection of figures released by the Scottish Government which showed Racist incidents are up by 10% on last year with a particular spike in the number of “White British” victims, sparking fears of a rising Anti English sentiment in Scotland. Over the past seven years, the attacks on 'white British ' are up by fifty per cent.

The claim that these figures reflected an Anti-English Sentiment came from Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie who said: “We can’t allow Anti-English rhetoric to enter our country”.

Leaving aside the fact that Kaye Adams very clearly stated that there was a fifty per cent growth in anti-English sentiment which the reply does not acknowledge, the phrase “sparking fears of a rising Anti English sentiment in Scotland” needs examining.

Sparking fears amongst whom?

Well apart from Willie Rennie, the Daily Record and the Herald both carried headlines along these lines.  Both newspapers appeared to rely heavily on Rennie’s comments.

Rennie of course is a pro-Union MSP whilst the Daily Record and the Herald carry pro-Union editorial lines.  It is well known that, amongst criticisms of the SNP and the independence movement, is a claim that there exists an intrinsic anti-English sentiment.

Married to this are continual references to fascism and dictators when referring to the SNP and its leader Alex Salmond.

It’s against this backdrop that we need to examine claims from the show’s producer that the rise in attacks against ‘white British’ had “sparked fears” that it was evidence of a possible rise in anti-English sentiment.

In our complaint we pointed to another possible explanation for the rise in attacks against “white British”.

This is what our team member wrote:

“The programme made no attempt at providing an alternative explanation for the increase in attacks on "white British", the obvious being that a sectarian explanation could have been responsible - Scottish Unionists and Orangemen frequently describe themselves as "white British".

Now, there is no reason to believe this was the case nor are we claiming that there was a sectarian reason for these attacks.  The purpose of this alternative explanation was to demonstrate how prejudice can be applied to statistics that are devoid of analysis.

If we take our own ‘alternative’ further then one could, if one wished, have extrapolated the “white British” attacks as having been carried out on just such a section of Scottish society.

Such an assumption would have introduced, not as Kaye Adams eventually did a political angle, but a religious angle.

Again it doesn’t take a genius to work out which section of Scottish society may have been blamed for a ‘rise’ in such attacks had the phone-in applied this prejudice.  We can all imagine the justifiable anger that would have resulted had those of a Scots/Irish persuasion found themselves blamed for a rise in attacks on “white British”.

But the prejudice applied to the rise in “white British” attacks wasn’t religious, it was political.  The section of Scottish society ‘blamed’ for these attacks were those who support independence.

History has witnessed similar prejudices applied to statistics.  In the USA those with an agenda have been known to seize on the number of African Americans in prison as ‘proof’ that such a race is predisposed to crime.

The result of the Call Kaye programme was to give those with an agenda an opportunity to air their prejudices.  The programme lazily accepted a politically bigoted interpretation of statistics and presented the result as credible.

The producer of the programme wrote:

"Throughout the item we made sure that the callers we put on air were reflective of the correspondence coming through to the programme to challenge the views put across by our panellists.  Listening back, we had three callers who said they thought there was Anti-English sentiment, two of whom accused the SNP of stirring this up. Also on the programme we had three callers who called this nonsense and that the figures had been politicised by Pro-Unionists. These callers were added to a healthy mixture of texts and email traffic representative of both sides of the discussion."

There is nothing healthy about providing a platform for people to display their political bigotry.  The whole programme was built on a prejudice, one that would lead to attacks on a section of Scottish society.

That some people eventually phoned in to challenge this lazy and dangerous manipulation of statistics is not surprising, especially when we now know that there was no such increase in anti-English sentiment, that it had in fact fallen.

To base a live phone-in programme on a press release from a Unionist politician, which in turn generated headlines that were at best poorly informed, is not what BBC Scotland should be doing with licence payer’s money.

Why the BBC didn’t seek further information from the Scottish government prior to selecting such a politically motivated and potentially incendiary topic is not known – had they done so then Kaye Adams may in act have been inviting callers to suggest a reason for the drop in anti-English sentiment in Scotland.

Another aspect of the producer’s response to our team members complaint was this:

“The aim of our programme is always to allow the listeners to make their own minds up from a broad spectrum of opinions and experiences.”

Call Kaye is not designed to inform and educate.  The show is tabloidesque and, as can be seen from this particular programme, sometimes allows the prejudiced and ignorant a platform upon which to promote their own skewed view of the world.

In a recent analysis of an episode of this show Newsnet Scotland demonstrated with recordings of the entire show a clear lack of balance when it dealt with the issue of Scottish independence.

Finally, the very first caller to the programme hailed from Hertfordshire.  How many other listeners to this appallingly misinformed programme were from England?  How many English people, having picked up the ‘anti-English’ misinformation from newspapers, listened live or tuned in via iPlayer and had their own misinformed views of Scotland, the SNP and independence supporters confirmed?

Worryingly, how many of these good English people have been left harbouring a grudge against Scots?

Here is the full programme for those who may have missed the original broadcast.  As you listen, please remember that attacks against English people living in Scotland went DOWN last year.

On the subject of BBC broadcasts and less than tolerant sentiment.  This from BBC Radio 4 show 'Any Questions' in 2010 features ex BBC Governess Baroness Ruth Deech and another guest called Douglas Murray.


Here is our team member’s original complaint to the BBC:

The programme extrapolated a report on racist attacks in Scotland on "white British" and implied this was evidence of "anti-English" sentiment.

Show host Kaye Adams, in an earlier trailer for the programme, stated that “anti-English sentiment” was “up fifty per cent apparently over the last seven years”. Ms Adams then used a decades old anecdote from a caller to suggest a political link to this "anti-English" sentiment.

This was followed by several text messages and phone calls accusing the SNP of being responsible for the apparent rise and being behind anti-English bullying in the North east of Scotland. So bad were calls that some people felt compelled to phone in complaining about unsubstantiated claims being made against the SNP.

The whole programme was based on headlines in Several newspapers that claimed a rise in anti-English racist attacks over the last twelve months. The programme made no attempt at providing an alternative explanation for the increase in attacks on "white British", the obvious being that a sectarian explanation could have been responsible - Scottish Unionists and Orangemen frequently describe themselves as "white British".  In fact analysis of the official statistics revealed that anti-English attacks in Scotland had actually fallen by 17% over the last year. The programme was dangerously tribal and encouraged politically sectarian messages and phone calls from members of the public, based on an ignorant assumption backed by no evidence.


Here is the response from the show’s producer:

Call Kaye which broadcast on Wednesday the 12th of December hosted by Kaye Adams asked the question do you believe there is a rise in Anti- English Sentiment in Scotland? Is this the case where you live?

This was a reflection of figures released by the Scottish Government which showed Racist incidents are up by 10% on last year with a particular spike in the number of “White British” victims, sparking fears of a rising Anti English sentiment in Scotland. Over the past seven years, the attacks on 'white British ' are up by fifty per cent.

The claim that these figures reflected an Anti-English Sentiment came from Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie who said: “We can’t allow Anti-English rhetoric to enter our country”. This view was refuted by Englishman Stuart Waiton a criminology and sociology lecturer from Abertay University who said that in his opinion this isn’t happening in Scotland

Throughout the item we made sure that the callers we put on air were reflective of the correspondence coming through to the programme to challenge the views put across by our panellists. Listening back, we had three callers who said they thought there was Anti-English sentiment, two of whom accused the SNP of stirring this up. Also on the programme we had three callers who called this nonsense and that the figures had been politicised by Pro-Unionists. These callers were added to a healthy mixture of texts and email traffic representative of both sides of the discussion.

The aim of our programme is always to allow the listeners to make their own minds up from a broad spectrum of opinions and experiences.

I hope that this goes some way to answering your query and that you will continue listening to the programme in the future.

Comments  

 
# WRH2 2012-12-30 04:32
It's quite a leap from "White British" to "anti-English". The No Campaigners constantly remind us that following a Yes vote for Independence, we will no longer be British which means that we are currently still British. So as the article rightly points out without the underlying detail, there could very easily be other explanations for the rise, which I believe there were.
I heard the start of that programme and turned it off in disgust. I think instead of defending such a poor quality programme, the BBC should find something better to replace it with. The Beechgrove Potting Shed which they have discontinued would have been a good replacement.
 
 
# Marian 2012-12-30 08:24
Its a waste of time writing to the BBC itself with complaints like this as I have found out several times over the past year because all you get is "it wisnae me" replies like the one quoted here.

Perhaps someone here can suggest a more effective course of action?
 
 
# RJBH 2012-12-30 09:20
"Anti English" slurs against Scottish people need to be challenged and Im glad Newsnet Scotland did this effectively.. yes, its a pity few will know (myself included) that 'Anti-English Attacks' in Scotland actually went down by 17%, for sure that News will never be broadcast by the BBC.

On a similar thread, I was in Italy recently and met a rather ammiable English couple we met up for a meal later that day.. Alas the conversation moved round to politics, (their promting) and Alex Salmond seemed to be a hate figure for them...I perhaps should have allowed them to vent without comment. my support for Alex and the SNP seemed to fall on stoney ground.

We departed, sadly not on the best of terms.
 
 
# Breeks 2012-12-30 09:36
I can respect people who earnestly believe in the Union, even if I don't understand them and believe them to be wrong.

Post 2014, unionists and nationalists will all be in the same boat, and some degree of mutual respect will be very important when settling our differences as best we can for the good of Scotland - that's so whatever the result.

The people who jeopardise such circumstances are the likes of Kaye Adams who distort the arguments and aim to manipulate how people interpret the truth.

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# G. P. Walrus 2012-12-30 09:45
Thank you NNS for continuing to expose shoddy BBC journalism underpinned by lazy and inaccurate assumptions.

I wonder why the BBC thought it relevant that Stuart Walton was an "Englishman". (Assuming they got that fact right). I would have thought Walton's opinion should be judged on his academic expertise, not his ethnicity.

I recently stopped listening to Radio Scotland, indefinitely, after Call Kaye treated the increasing population statistics as bad news.

This is just a combination of poor quality journalism and a miserabilist mindset that news reporting in BBC Scotland cannot seem to get away from.
 
 
# Barontorc 2012-12-30 09:59
I'm certain the only category I can register my race as, is "White British".

What we have here is a simpleton numbskull wannabe - Rennie, making another false statement - verging on racist against his own people. This is then worked up for all its worth by that appalling unionist lackey Adams to imply it being racist attacks on English people fomented by the SNP (the Scottish Governmment, that is, don't forget)and then it being shooshed away by a suitably pleased BBC regulator, having done his bit for the No-ists.

Forget complaining to the BBC they are now well established and dug-in and quite amoral.

Much more of this merde is coming down the line - get ready.

Until I can be ticking the box that says "White Scottish" - there's SFA that can be done about it.
 
 
# isleofskye 2012-12-30 10:08
Well done Linda Wllliamson - totally professional interview that can only strengthen the growing reputation of newsnet as the voice of the people, and increase readership to a wider audience. And thanks also to Derek Bateman, courageous man, and hope this isn't the end of this informative news roundup. Looking forward to seeing you hit the 100k unique visitors mark!
 
 
# heraldnomore 2012-12-30 10:58
Yep, it was excellent. Angus Macleod frothing at the mouth completely missing the point about newspapers with falling circulations as against the publicly-funded broadcaster with a duty of impartiality. Derek Bateman - a professional amongst riff-raff.
 
 
# farrochie 2012-12-30 10:26
Newsnet, THANKS! This is exactly the sort of forensic analysis that we need. I listened to that show.

The guy from Hertfordshire said he was on the Stranraer-Larne ferry. Could he tell whether the barman was from Scotland or Ireland, was my first thought. Or was the barman having a bit of a crack, treating this old school tie type as if he was his equal, not showing the correct deference to his betters? You can imagine the scenario, a large ego deflated by a barman. Still rankles after all these years.
 
 
# hektorsmum 2012-12-30 11:13
Now that is funny because reading the Independent yesterday the finger was firmly pointed at the EDL. I do not listen to Radio Scotland now and Call Kaye is a disgrace.
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-12-30 11:19
Surprise,surpri se.Balance from the British Broadcasting Corporation IN Scotland---not.

PS.Did I miss a short TV clip of the Christmas message from Scotland's First Minister or did I blink?
 
 
# From The Suburbs 2012-12-30 11:31
At least Derek Bateman programme gave a mention to Newsnet Scotland this morning albeit coverage towards the end some 45 mins into programme.

www.bbc.co.uk/.../b01pdy3r
 
 
# Spirtle 2012-12-30 19:10
Quoting From The Suburbs:
At least Derek Bateman programme gave a mention to Newsnet Scotland this morning albeit coverage towards the end some 45 mins into programme.

www.bbc.co.uk/.../b01pdy3r


Is there any other way to hear this at all as I can't view or hear things in flash format which includes most of the bbc iplayer content unfortunately!
I'm keen to hear this if anyone has a way!
 
 
# Seagetagrip 2012-12-30 11:37
Thought very measured response to Derek Batemans questions, which were fair, by Linda Williamson.

The response by Angus McLeod was typical bluster and Unionist prejudice.

Anyway, a splendid advert for NNS and maybe a few more interested hits.

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# RTP 2012-12-30 11:44
Have just listened to the program Kaye very quick to cut John off and Robert on next and the same with him.I don't know if it has changed but a £10 Scottish note was not accepted at the machine to pay for parking at Inverness airport,don't know if it is still the case,my point being is that discrimination against Scotland.
 
 
# ds12 2012-12-30 11:59
Like many others over the years I have complained to the BBC,its pointless they can never admit they are wrong even when the truth is being bent out of shape.
As an organisation the BBC speaks down to people wherever they are.
It never ceases to amaze me how people are expected to hold "auntie" in such high esteem.
It has its own agenda and its own bias in the same way the record,the sun,the herald or the Scotsman do.
 
 
# bruman 2012-12-30 13:18
With the big difference, of course, that we PAY for the BBC's opinion!

Not any more.
 
 
# Mr Angry 2012-12-30 12:52
Listened to the BBC this morning and heard Linda Williamson talking about the site. Excellent work, well presented and calm. The only thing for me was that there was no comment about the closure of the Scottish Political Blogs to comments unlike elsewhere in the UK. Otherwise it was a breath of fresh air and congratulations to Mr Bateman. I did enjoy the comments from the rest of the panel trying to defend their own position. Keep it up Newsnet. And the MSM call themselves professional Journalists!
 
 
# clootie 2012-12-30 13:01
Come on chaps - it must be true if the good old dependable beeb are reporting it.

Remember our shared values of cricket / warm beer and invading other nations.

.............No

I'm not anti English - I'm anti Westminster / Whitehall manipulation of the truth.
 
 
# mudfries 2012-12-30 14:09
A good article Newsnet. Its a really low tactic by Unionists like Kaye Adams to try and brand Independence supporters especially the SNP ones as anti-english, but its absolute tripe and they know it, I support Englands and any other nations right to Independence and they should settle for nothing less, as James Connolly once said "To be a Nationalist you must be an Internationalis t". All nations working together as equals in peace with mutual respect, the days of empires are gone, the Unionists will just have to live with that.
 
 
# GrassyKnollington 2012-12-30 14:14
Aw poor Kaye, don't be hard on her. With her 3/4 million pound house, 75k Porsche, Edinburgh private school education and tendency to tweet complaints about Tories from her holiday home in Tuscany she's just the sort of salt of the earth "soshallist" Johann used to encourage before she went all right wing on us.
 
 
# proudscot 2012-12-30 14:32
I found it ironic, if not amusing, when the excellent Linda Williamson told Derek Bateman that Newsnet Scotland started up as the result of a discussion between a group of people who had attended a "Blether With Brian" programme. How appropriate the original creators of the pro-independence NNS site came together thanks in part to the arch-unionist Brian Taylor!
 
 
# Jim Johnston 2012-12-30 15:41
After listening to Derek Bateman I think his jacket must be on a shoogly hook these days.(Thanks for the link From The Suburbs)
It was interesting listening to the "professional" journalists worldly views on all things under the sun, being justified as the work and opinion of their own particular God.

I was wondering if they realise that newspapers across rhe board are moribund, or do they just never see circulation figures ? One of their own, Iain MacWhirter, pointed out only last week that the "dying Scotsman", which has 1/3rd the readership of NNS, is now a standing joke on programmes such as Have I Got News For You.

The BBC is of course, including Kay with an e, it's own basket case.
 
 
# gus1940 2012-12-31 08:25
Although I wish HIGNFY were mocking JP's finest, unfortunately their mockery when referring to 'dying Scotsman' is referring to our nation's unhealthy diet such as deep fried Mars Bars and the associated dire mortality statistics.

I wish it was the paper they were referring to as it well deserves ridicule.
 
 
# Jim Johnston 2012-12-31 10:10
Point taken Gus, but if the shoe fits, as it does to JP, let them ware it.

JP's problem certainly comes under the medical term "Bad Circulation".

Have a happy New Year,
Jim
 
 
# chicmac 2012-12-30 18:39
"Why the BBC didn’t seek further information from the Scottish government prior to selecting such a politically motivated and potentially incendiary topic is not known – had they done so then Kaye Adams may in act have been inviting callers to suggest a reason for the drop in anti-English sentiment in Scotland."

That produced a genuine screen spray incident which I had to wipe off.

We have to remember that many of our guiding elite have been politically educated (aka indoctrinated) at our finest Universities. They may be few in number but they know better.

Scotland has to be saved from itself.

(Now clean YOUR screen)
 
 
# peter,aberdeenshire 2012-12-30 20:11
Adams is dire as a presenter/ host. Lesley Riddoch was brilliant and Graham Stewart too. He was on last week and although I only caught a section of it he leaves Adams standing in the blocks. Call Kaye is a complete turn off in my opinion.
 
 
# ds12 2012-12-30 21:24
I had to laugh at the "professional" journalists coming over all high and mighty.
The reality is that most journalists sit at a computer screen waiting on the press releases coming in and building stories around them.
Just ask Aberdeen journals who didn't really need a political reporter as list MSP Mr Baker did the job for them.
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-12-30 21:47
As many Scots are described as white British, perhaps they should have been discussing the increase in anti-Scotish feelings generated by the nonsense spouted by the No lot.

Equally likely? Or more likely>
 
 
# Angus 2012-12-31 07:31
Plenty anti Scottish feeling from some of the commenters in the Scotsman and Daily Mail, and if these comments were anti English, not anti Scottish, then these paper would probably be in the courts.
 
 
# Blanco 2012-12-31 09:54
A few years ago, just a few days after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, I met an Iranian who indignantly told me all about the police jumping on this innocent man all unawares, how he was held down then shot multiple times on a crowded train, etc. I was sceptical of the Iranian - this man, a foreigner, was obviously swallowing conspiracy theories he'd read on the internet or heard in the mosque, because at the time the media were saying de Menezes had ran from the police, vaulted a barrier wearing a massive rucksack, and was shot once.

Then, much later, it turned out the police and media had been lying, and the Iranian was right.
 
 
# Blanco 2012-12-31 10:46
comment continued:



The BBC can say what it likes about balance, but most people in Scotland and the UK in general now think there is a rise in anti Englishness, caused by the SNP. We are all now in the Iranian's shoes, our job is to get people to understand the media they trust is not truthful with them, yet managing to do so without people thinking we are crazy.
 
 
# Jim Johnston 2012-12-31 10:35
Just goes to show you Blanco that we can't always trust the reporting of the BBC or MSM. No change there then.
 
 
# Independista 2012-12-31 13:08
The BBC will find it difficult to ignore the fact that Scotland’s best known and widely read Media website has highlighted the recent Newsnet article the “Untouchables” Keep an eye on the site for further developments allmediascotland.com/.../...
 
 
# Dee 2012-12-31 13:15
Kaye Adams and her BBC in Scotland mates are the most bitter and bias shower of poeple you could come across.. EVERY show is so anti independence and yet they keep re-assuring us during their shows that they are balanced. They are very unbalanced, and her stand out quote during her completely unbiased show, call kaye, is "I just read them out as they come in", Right Kate !!!!
 
 
# mesmiths 2013-01-01 16:00
Happy New Year Newsnet! Love this website and the fact that you guys are standing up to nonsense like this. We've all been enraged by this kind of thing over the years, now more than ever we need to fight it.
Hope 2013 is a great year in the rise of Newsnet Scotland!
 
 
# Clydebuilt 2013-01-02 15:37
Part 1
Chicmac We have to remember that many of our guiding elite have been politically educated (aka indoctrinated) at our finest Universities. They may be few in number but they know better.

Kaye's perfect for her role at the bbc she loves idle chit chat , this draws in your non political average punter, so when's she's got the required audience , her degree in Politics comes in handy to give them just the right message.

Her show is being carefully crafted to pull in your average non political punter. She runs several themes simultaneously for those with short attention spans. Her main subject of the day is restricted to 25 to 35 mins. This cuts down on the numbers phoning in with messages that Kaye doesn't want her listeners to hear.

These are changes to what used to be a straight call in show with a main topic lasting from 9am till 10am
 
 
# Clydebuilt 2013-01-03 10:43
Part 2
A few months ago in answer to an accusation of political bias Kaye said she was of a certain age where political views would be expected. (My recollection and words) Tellingly she didn't say she kept her political views to her self.
I can remember 2 callers had got on air and accused her of anti SNP bias. She basically shut them up and angrily said she was not politically biased.

A few months ago when the Saville story was breaking and damaging the BBC she had Stewart Maxwell and Jackson Carlaw on I remember clearly she introduced Stewart Maxwell and said she would allow him to talk uninterrupted.
I had a spray incident with my cup of Tea!

All The Best For 2013
 
 
# Early Ball 2013-01-03 11:39
However Clydebuilt re your "tea" moment she was being sarcastic after being accused of bias. She lost the plot for a few minutes and went into a right strop.
 
 
# tarbat 2013-01-04 08:45
This was the broadcast that finally prompted me to remove BBC Radio Scotland from my radio. As an Englishman living in Scotland, and supporting independence, I was disgusted by this blatant attempt to associate Scotland with an anti-English sentiment.
 
 
# Clydebuilt 2013-01-04 15:04
Quoting tarbat:
As an Englishman living in Scotland, and supporting independence,


Welcome aboard tarbat.
 
 
# viking_celt_428 2013-01-04 15:51
Call Kaye has an absolute duty to ensure that during the next two years careful thought is given to what political topics get debated especially where it concerns identity. I thought it was irresponsible of Call Kaye to hold a debate almost one year ago over the fallout of Joan McAlpine's comments which were taken by some as an accusation of unionism being unpatriotic. Kaye should also avoid asking things like "how British do you feel?" as being British can mean different things to different people especially when Britain has more than one definition. And being an Englishman who supports independence I find it sad that there should be any pigeon-holing of identity. I describe myself as British not Scottish but that is simply personal. Much as I love Scotland, I'm simply not Scottish but I do see myself as British because I was born and brought up here on the island of Great Britain whose very adjective is 'British'. I will not take any of the unionists' stupid identity politics.
 

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