Sunday, 25 April 2010
SNP LAUNCH BID TO BAN BBC LEADERS' DEBATE IN SCOTLAND IN THE INTERESTS OF FAIRNESS
THE SNP will go to court this week in an extraordinary legal move to block the third crucial party leaders' debate being shown on TV in Scotland if the BBC does not give it a podium place. The First Minister says the BBC must either include an SNP politician on Thursday's debate or organise a fourth debate with the Nationalist voice heard.
Alex Salmond said last night: "The decision by the BBC, who are meant to be Scotland's national broadcaster, paid for by our licence fees, not to have the country's political make-up properly represented next Thursday is a democratic disgrace".
He added: "Elections, to be democratic, have to be fair. We want Thursday's BBC debate to go ahead, but we also want Scottish viewers to be given a fair picture of the choices on offer to them at the ballot box on May 6th. And in Scotland that picture includes the SNP."
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