BBC: Martin Kennedy on the state of Scottish agriculture sector
National Farmers Union Scotland president Martin Kennedy was quoted in a BBC News web site article making reference to Brexit. But a clip broadcast on BBC Scotland appeared to omit point out of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The distinction between the written account and video model led some to accuse the BBC of “actively” slicing point out of Brexit.
Twitter consumer MarinaPurkiss, sharing a hyperlink to a report in regards to the interview, commented: “This is insane. [BBC News] is no longer a reliable news source.
“Just a [Government] propaganda machine: [BBC News] actively slicing out point out of Brexit from a report on the problems affecting farmers amid potential food shortages.”
Fellow Twitter users chimed in with martin_berry replying: “The [BBC News] efficiency on Brexit and holding this Government accountable is fairly stunning.
National Farmers Union Scotland president Martin Kennedy
BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London
“I prefer [Channel 4 News] but not the Government is going to sell that.”
Fellow Twitter consumer supertanskiii wrote: “I’d say it’s unbelievable but it’s not at all.”
SentasTheApp commented: “The BBC was never a reliable news source. It was always the broadcasting arm of the Government. Now it is just more visible.”
The BBC has been approached for remark.
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Mr Kennedy, within the clip aired on BBC Scotland, stated: “We’ve heard the term before about a ‘perfect storm’, but I have never seen anything like this before.
“And it actually is an ideal storm, on the again of the Covid points the place we had an actual lack of labour.”
It is at this point that there is a cut, before Mr Kennedy continued: “And now in fact, with the Ukraine disaster, the implication that has on power prices, particularly on feed, fertiliser and gas, has compounded the entire thing.
“Every sector’s facing some real challenges coming forward and the last thing we want to be doing is winding down on production because the implications that would have on our consumer further down the track will be even greater food inflation.”
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After watching the information merchandise, Twitter consumer RobertTyreBute pointed to protection on the BBC web site.
It reads: “NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy told BBC Scotland the impact of Russia’s invasion, after a two-year period which brought Brexit and the Covid pandemic, was ‘absolutely devastating’.
“He added: ‘I’ve not seen something like this earlier than. It is totally unprecedented. The long-term implications of that’s going to have a critical impression proper throughout the food provide chain.
“We have heard the term before about a ‘perfect storm’, but I have never seen anything like this before.'”
Reference to Brexit seems within the written model, however doesn’t within the clip, regardless of it being one concern making up the “perfect storm” Mr Kennedy mentions.
Alastair Campbell not too long ago criticised the BBC for failing to pinpoint Brexit as the principle motive for horrendous queues at Dover.
He tweeted: “The often brilliant [BBC News] coverage of Ukraine stands in stark contrast to what happens whenever anything to do with Brexit hoves into view and the Orwellian shadow of Tory appointments hovers over all.
“How can anybody write about Kent Qs with out B-word?”
The BBC journalist who wrote the article, Katie Prescott, insisted Brexit was not to blame.
She said: “The extraordinary queues not too long ago at Dover are primarily all the way down to capability being down by a 3rd as P&O ferries routes are out of motion.
“This is why fresh meat companies want a priority lane.”
A separate report printed by the BBC on Monday did, nonetheless, point out Brexit.
In it, a farmer says 500 tonnes of beetroot was left to rot as a consequence of a collapse in demand brought on by Britain’s exit from the EU.
The report says that after Brexit, Will Woodhall stated he anticipated issues so grew a smaller crop.
As business boomed, he determined to spice up manufacturing, solely to be “suddenly cut off”.