By a Newsnet reporter
A London based newspaper has been ridiculed by independence supporters after it published contradictory front page headlines on different sides of the border.
The Daily Express has been widely lampooned after its Scottish publication ran with a front page headline which claimed pensions north of the border would only be secure if Scotland remained inside the UK.  In Scotland, readers of the newspaper were presented with a headline that said: “Pensions Safer Within The UK”.

The story was based on a speech by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in which the former Chancellor questioned the affordability of pensions following a Yes vote in the independence referendum.

However eagle-eyed Yes supporters noticed that the front page story in editions of the newspaper south of the border revealed that warnings had been issued over the value of pensions in the UK.

In southern editions the front page headline read: “Pension Shock For Millions”.  According to the article: “Millions of retirees face a pensions shock with most having to live on less than the minimum wage.”

Images of the contradictory headlines have been posted on social media sites by pro-independence supporters with the newspaper becoming the target of ridicule.

Incredulous Yes supporters retweeted the image of the dual-headlines, with some expressing disbelief at the brazen nature of the news manipulation.

“I think we can safely say we are being lied to. Black propaganda more akin to a dictatorship.” said one Twitter user, “Funny how so called news gets special ‘IndyRef Spin’ from MSM” said another.

It also later emerged that BBC Scotland had themselves published a review of the newspaper’s Scottish edition which clearly showed the anti-independence headline.

The broadcaster has come under fire over the practice of covering news stories exclusively from traditional news vendors, none of which back independence.

Reporting of the independence referendum has become a central issue of the debate with the standard of journalism across Scotland being questioned.  It is widely acceped that no newspaper north or south of the border backs independence, resulting in articles reporting the debate being overwhelmingly pro-Union in nature.


2014-04-22 20:27

Hoist by their own petard. ©William Shakespeare
2014-04-23 00:04

Hoist by their own canard
2014-04-23 08:20

I must have been dreaming!! Last night on Newsnight Scotland I saw, in my opinion, the most balanced production on independence this programme has ever produced. The BBC even corrected their earlier mistake of showing only one Scottish Daily Express headline and showed both North & South of the border together. Are they suffering a dose of IMPARTIALITY or has the CBI experience rattled them. Whatever – long may it continue.
The great labour beastie’s roar came across as a whimper. Noted he was not interviewed nor did he appear to be asked any questions – wonder why?
2014-04-23 20:19

It’s a recent BBC ploy to show a biased report in the teatime Reporting Scotland which lots of folk watch, then change it later in Newsnight, which has only a few viewers.

Best of both worlds. They get to influence the debate, but claim to be even-handed at the same time.
2014-04-24 06:56

Your comment tallies with my posting a couple of weeks ago where I suggested that BBC Scotland have changed tactics in an effort to enable them to give examples of fair referendum coverage.

My theory was that from recent examples Newsnight Scotland which has few viewers was being allowed to take a strong and fairer line with interviewees and to actually have a go at BT supporters while Misreporting Scotland and all other news bulletins on TV and Radio with their much larger audiences were being blatantly let totally off the leash to increase their biased pro Unionist agenda.

Since my original post this has become more and more obvious – it is now a rarity for news bulletins throughout the day not to lead with at least one of that day’s Project Fear scare stories.

How we combat this blatant manipulation of news is difficult to figure out.

Auld Rock
2014-04-23 11:39

Is it true that unionist newspapers twist the truth, aaaarrrrgggghhh  ,LOL. Let’s get one thing straight, state pensions are funded from Current Account nothing has ever been invested since its inception, so once again @Gordo the Not So Great’ is telling porkies. The people that I feel sorry for are those in some parts of the public service who think that they have been investing in a Pension Fund yet it now transpires that once again their hard earned cash hes been squandered by successive Westminster Governments.

Auld Rock

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