Findochty on the Moray Coast
The SNP intends to launch a legal bid to block the third party leader's debate being shown on TV in Scotland if the BBC does not give it a podium place.
The party is preparing legal papers for an action in the Court of Session on Tuesday which could lead to the Labour, Libdems and Tory debate being taken off Scottish screens. Alex Salmond, the First Minister, says the BBC must either include an SNP politician in Thursday's debate or organise a fourth debate with the nationalist voice heard.
An appeal has also been launched for £50,000 from ordinary members and supporters, which Mr Salmond says is required to pay for the Court of Session action.
The SNP's case against the BBC is based on guidelines laid down by Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, which defines the SNP as a 'main party' in Scotland, along with the Tories, Labour and LibDems. These 'main' parties must receive equal footing. It has also highlighted separate BBC guidelines which state that the broadcaster must be 'aware of the different political structures in the four nations of the United Kingdom and that they are reflected in the election coverage of each nation.'
Some will say this effort is futile but it is a necessary one. The BBC must be held to account for ignoring the governing party in Scotland during a UK election. Margo MacDonald has her say on it in today's Sunday Post (click on her name in the left-hand-side menu).
Note: The photograph accompanying this post is a request from one of my readers. Beautiful isn't it and much more pleasing on the eye than the BBC logo.