Complaint over SNP broadcast dismissed by OFCOM

A complaint to the broadcast regulator Ofcom over the content of an SNP Party Political Broadcast which was accused of targeting a prominent journalist has been dismissed.

David Torrance, right, was supposedly lampooned in the broadcast, left
David Torrance, right, was supposedly lampooned in the broadcast, left

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton complained to Ofcom after the SNP’s Monty Python inspired ‘What have the SNP ever done for us?’ broadcast was accused of lampooning journalist David Torrance.

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The PPB featured a pub-bore type character called ‘Davey’ who was shouted down by attendees at a party after moaning about the SNP’s record in Government.

Mr Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, had called the broadcast a worrying and Trump-like attack on press freedom, and laid down a motion in parliament criticising the SNP.

Ofcom confirmed to the Herald today that after careful assessment the complaint would not be pursued.

A SNP spokesman told the paper that Mr Cole-Hamilton had pursued a “pathetic, juvenile, attention-seeking stunt”, and insisted the complaint had been treated with the contempt it deserved.

He added: “Hopefully Mr Cole-Hamilton will think twice about wasting the regulator’s time with such daft conspiracy theories in future