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EBC strikes again

BBC Breakfast this morning had one of its four minute debates on the age at which a young person may be left in charge of a child. The studio guests included the NSPCC’s head of child protection, Chris Cloke, who declared, ‘The law is silent on  this matter’. That would be in England, Chris. As a viewer was quick to point out by text the law in Scotland is outspoken and quite specific; a child may be left unattended from the age of 14, but must be 16 years old before he-she may be left in change of a minor. Call me a pedantic Scot if you will, and don’t injure yourself in the rush to do so, but as long as the B in BBC stands for British, it should be incumbent on current affairs producers to ensure that the ‘experts’ they present understand that in many areas there is no such thing as UK law. Theoretically, Mr Cloke’s mistake could have had serious consequences if left uncorrected, and if a Scottish viewer had taken him at his word.

I’m a big fan of  the new BBC Scotland building on Pacific Quay in Glasgow, and I look forward to the day when it becomes the headquarters of an independent national broadcasting organisation.

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  1. February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    So many things north of the border seem more logical. You have no prescription charges – ours are about £7.50 per item now. Your students won’t have to pay to go to Uni, but ours will. Quite honestly, I don’t know why so many of your countrymen work in England. You have better countryside, too.

    • February 8, 2011 at 12:48 am

      I have a prescription medication, a drug that I can also buy in Spain for less than the English prescription cost. Now, I buy it in Spain, on principle. Logic doesn’t dictate that drugs should be free for all; in fact it militates against it. In fact we do have prescription charges in Scotland, although they are lower than those in England, and the government has promised abolition in the hope of buying some votes. I would rather that the holes in the road were patched than that Sir Fred Goodwin et al should be able trot along to the local pharmacist and get their prescriptions filled for free.

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