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ref date:19 Dec 2000 (SI)
SNP debate on TV and Labours lies

The Scottish television network originally had no intention of letting anyone but Tony (Pro Scottish_English Union, anti-Scotland) Blair air his opinions on matters that are no longer any of his business on TV.

The Independent Television Commission said differently and the SNP , Liberals (who foolishly support Labour) and the Tories got air time.

John Swinney (SNP leader) said: "This has been an important exercise in giving us an opportunity to set out our arguments on the issues raised in the prime minister's program. But, most importantly, it sets the ground rules for how the issue has got to be tackled in relation to the broadcasting coverage in the run-up to the General Election and that is where we hope lessons are learned from the fiasco surrounding the arrangements for this programme."