Nuclear terms

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In its reportage of the leaders’ debate, the BBC voiceover narrative declared that “the Labour leader said the nuclear deterrent should be kept; the SNP leader said it should not”.

On the face of it this statement appears to be a model of objective reportage while in reality it is anything but. The existence of nuclear weapons cannot be denied unless they are Israeli but the term “deterrent” is of course a contested one. For the BBC to, once again, put the word “deterrent” after nuclear is, once again, an abrogation of journalistic objectivity.

Bill Ramsay

Albert Avenue

Glasgow