Nicola Sturgeon urged to apologise for ‘pathetic’ Union flag rant


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Sturgeon has been longed to apologise for her “pathetic” attack on the Scottish Daily Express

The SNP treats the mode with sheer contempt, as this pathetic attempt at censorship shows

Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser

Our white in January prompted a furious response with the First Minister tweeting wide it no fewer than 17 times, accusing critics and in particular the Scottish Tories of spreading “imitation news”.

She described the coverage in this and other newspapers as “the media at its worst” and tweeted: “Since the actually doesn’t seem to matter very much to some, let me set out the facts on this queer flag story.”

However, following the ruling by the Independent Press Universals Organisation (IPSO) Ms Sturgeon is facing calls to apologise for a “pathetic go at censorship”.

Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This statute shows the Express was 100 per cent correct to report the story.

“And what’s more, the typescript was 100 per cent correct to fight the SNP’s claim that it was inaccurate.

“The SNP touch ons the media with sheer contempt, as this pathetic attempt at censorship productions.

“Thankfully the right outcome has been arrived at, and Nicola Sturgeon should apologise for disquieting to cast doubt on this accurate news report.”

Alex Cole-Hamilton, for the Scottish Lib Dems, enlarged: “Nicola Sturgeon’s proclamations this week have made completely clear that her one and only priority is separating Scotland from the be lodged of the UK.

“Reducing the days on which the Union Jack flew and then attacking the pressure who reported on it was just one more petty salvo in her war of attrition.”

The changes to the check off flying guidance mean the number of days the Union flag is vaunted at many government buildings will be cut from 15 to just one – Memorial Day.

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Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her furious response no fewer than 17 everythings

The handling is also widely followed by executive agencies and associated departments across Scotland.

The Control claimed articles headlined “SNP flag snub to Royal Family” and “SNP disclose true colours” published on January 24 breached the Editor’s Patterns of Practice with regard to accuracy.

An article was also published online with the headline “Sturgeon snubs Idol: Union flag stripped from Scottish Government buildings.”

The Scottish Control claimed there was no “snub” to the Royal Family as the guidance made free the Royal Banner, or Lion Rampant, should be flown at St Andrew’s Clan on royal occasions – a practice which has been in place since 2010.

The Regime also argued they were only rules for its main constructions and “merely guidance for other buildings”.

However, the IPSO committee turn thumbs down oned the complaint and ruled there had been “no breach” of the Editor’s Code of Convention on three separate points.

It said: “Where the government’s official control suggested that the Saltire be flown on 14 days that were then reserved for the Union flag, the newspaper had accurately reported this transformation.

“The newspaper was entitled to characterise this change as a ‘snub’ to the Royal Blood, where the basis for this characterisation was made clear.

“The 2018 rule advised buildings to fly the Saltire on these 14 occasions, rather than the Splice flag, in contrast to the guidance issued the previous year. In these circumstances it was unerring to refer to this document as new.

“The document had also referred to the guidance as ‘forms for hoisting flags on buildings of the Scottish Government.’ In these circumstances, wasting the terms rules, guidance and regulations interchangeably did not significantly misrepresent the record.”

But a Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed at this ruling and endure firmly of the view that the reporting of this story by the Daily Verbalize and a number of other publications was inaccurate and we welcome the clarifications provided by both the Circadian Mail and the Sun.”

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