Murder of the Truth Under the BBC Trust


Glencoe Massacre

They came from fort William, with murder in mind,
the Campbell had orders, King William had signed,
put all to the sword, these words underlined,
leave no one alive called MacDonald.



In 1692 the Campbells, in cahoots with the English, set upon the MacDonald clan in an attempt to massacre them in an infamous moment in Scottish history….a ‘murder under trust’.

Thirty eight men were slaughtered and forty women and children died of exposure when their homes were burnt to the ground.



Nicky Campbell likes to remind us of past infamy and point the finger of blame however unjustly.

On Friday Campbell was discussing the arms trade (25 mins ) and had on Labour MP Fabian Hamilton who wanted to stop all arms exports.

Campbell suggested a cunning plan:

‘Would you like to do to the arms industry what people say Mrs Thatcher did to the coal mining industry, would you like to phase it out and close it down?’


 It’s a small but significant comment, a telling comment, that illustrates the mindset of many of those inside the BBC bubble.

Hard to know how such a highly educated, intelligent and scrupulously fair minded journalist, backed by the extensive resources of the BBC, and Google, could make such a schoolboy error….in 1990 there were still 50,000 miners toiling down pit.





The ‘Untold history’ indeed.

We all know that Labour has closed more mines that Thatcher ever did and put more miners on the dole than she did:

Wilson closed more coal mines than Thatcher

“…there is the charge that it was Margaret Thatcher who ‘destroyed’ the coal mines and the mining communities. How many times have the BBC broadcast that claim without refutation? Yet the facts show that far more coal mines closed under the Labour prime ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.”


(However many times you can add one more thanks to Campbell.)


Perhaps Campbell utilised the data mining services of ‘Left Foot Forward’ who tell us that:

Tory spin on coal masks fact that 80 per cent of coal jobs were lost under Thatcher

 The historical data shows that while 212,000 coal mining jobs were lost under the 1964-1970 Labour Government, under Mrs. Thatcher’s 1979-1990 government, the percentage decline in jobs was actually double that.

43 per cent of mining jobs went in the 1960s under Wilson while 80 per cent were lost under Thatcher.


That’s perfectly true….but..

Unfortunately when there is a change from hard figures to percentages you know you are being sold a pup.


Under Thatcher 193,000 miners found themselves without work…..that’s less than 212,000 by anyone’s reckoning…and all for ‘the good and safety of the country’.

Not only that but under New Labour 60% of miners lost their jobs….8,000 of the remaining 14,000 left in 1997.


The MacDonald’s were ‘murdered under trust’  by the Campbell’s,  and Campbell has murdered the truth under the aegis of the BBC Trust…as do his fellow BBC journalists who like to propagate this anti-Thatcher propaganda whenever they get the chance.


Ironic that in the aftermath of the Glencoe Massacre it was ‘campaigning journalism’ that resulted in an official inquiry about events which were sensationally publicised and became part of the politics of the time.


However it’s not all bad for the Campbells…..‘just think for a moment of the great gifts our clan has bestowed upon the universe – Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy; Naomi Campbell’s beauty and diamonds; Ming Campbell’s sprints and liberalism; Sir Malcolm Campbell’s land-speed records; Campbell’s soup; and Alastair Campbell’s spin-doctoring.

The name Campbell is derived from combining two Gaelic words – Cam, meaning crooked and Beul meaning mouth. Which possibly explains why Alastair became such a fine modern exponent of the dark arts of – but sadly not even he could put a positive spin on the name.

History has judged us and I don’t suppose that all the soup in the whole world will redeem it.’


You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the McDonalds of Glenco, and put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old Fox and his sons doe upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. This you are to putt in execution at fyve of the clock precisely; and by that time, or very shortly after it, I’ll strive to be att you with a stronger party: if I doe not come to you att fyve, you are not to tarry for me, but to fall on. This is by the Kings speciall command, for the good & safety of the Country, that these miscreants be cutt off root and branch. See that this be putt in execution without feud or favour, else you may expect to be dealt with as one not true to King nor Government, nor a man fitt to carry Commissione in the Kings service. Expecting you will not faill in the fulfilling hereof, as you love your selfe, I subscribe these with my hand  att Balicholis  Feb: 12, 1692

For their Majesties service

To Capt. Robert Campbell

of Glenlyon
(signed) R. Duncanson





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17 Responses to Murder of the Truth Under the BBC Trust

  1. Guest Who says:

    The BBC seems to be moving more and more from errors, inept or worse, of omission to by definition deliberate errors of commission.
    Luckily they still have CECUTT in place to maintain this is about right, and expedite any who may feel it is not, secure in the knowledge that they still get judged by their own and seldom if ever are found wanting.
    To move their more subtle propaganda efforts into areas of overt published or recorded untruth may be less easy for the censorship oversight system to conceal, much as they may try.
    Hubris can lead to such errors.


  2. chrisH says:

    Let`s hope Ronald MacDonald, Malcolm MacDonald etc get together to seek Mau-Mau style retrospective and exemplary damages from Nicky, Naomi and “them what makes the soup”.
    The more the years pass, the more this grievance huts and burns and I hope Nicky is taken to the cleaners for his ancestors part in setting back the rise of the fast food chain for all those wasted years.
    Leave Glen alone though-he compensated us all by recording Wichita Lineman.
    BBC…Trust?…never use them in the same sentence again, I`d say…BBC Rustbucket perhaps?


  3. uncle bup says:

    They sent along a young droid to the arms fair to walk around with his microphone sneering at everything and everyone. He went to one stand which sold a home security camera system linked to a gun with which you could remotely take out the trash.

    ‘would it work for me’ quipped the young droid, ‘I’ve a got a problem with cats on my lawn’. My how we laughed.

    Anyhoo, as I’ve noticed before, droid sneers tend to be wasted on Americans because they tend to take most comments at face value. That said I think if he’d a handy rifle with a fixed bayonet he’d have rammed it up the droid’s arse.


  4. Ian Hills says:

    The Campbells were not “in cahoots with the English”.

    The order to murder came from Duncanson, a Scot, acting on the instructions of a Dutchman, whom the Scots had enthroned in place of James Stuart, another Scot,. The Dutchman acted on the advice of the clan-bashing Lord Advocate, yet another Scot.

    Scots were quite capable of massacring each other in those days, without English interference. They still are when Celtic meet Rangers.


    • Amounderness Lad says:

      You are absolutely correct, Ian. King William was chosen to be King because he was Protestant and his wife, Queen Mary, was the senior Protestant Stuart being a relative of the deposed Catholic Stuart, King James. William was given the blame by the Scots as a convenient way of escaping their culpability brought about by their own political infighting.

      In order to be assured of the loyalty of the Highland Clan Chiefs they were ordered to attend at certain locations by a particular date to sign Oaths of Loyalty, which most dutifully did. The old Chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe was instructed by the Scots powers that be to sign the Oath of Loyalty by going to a sworn enemy, which he naturally resented. Instead he went to another dignitary in an attempt to sign the Oath there. That person was not in a position to accept and had to instruct the MacDonald to go to the person designated, which he set off to do. On the way he was deliberately, probably intentionally, delayed meaning he arrived and signed the Oath after the designated date.

      Even though he had signed word was sent from the Scottish politicians in Edinburgh that the Glen Coe MacDonalds had failed to attend, as ordered, in time to sign the Oath of Loyalty. No mention was made that he had, although late, declared his and his Clan’s loyalty with his signature.

      William was deliberately given the impression that the MacDonalds of Glen Coe were, in effect, declaring themselves disloyal and were likely at some time to become rebellious and challenge the authority of the King by force of arms. William was left with little option, as those who had manipulated the situation, but to send troops to put down what he had been led to believe was an openly hostile and rebellious Clan who could easily rise up against his authority, possibly inciting other Clans with loyalty to the deposed Stuarts to join them.

      The reason behind the deceit was created by inter Clan rivalries and the opportunity to settle old scores. In effect William was lied to and manipulated by Scots with the intention of using outside influences, the King in London (England) to do their dirty work whilst keeping their own hands clean.

      The real disgrace was not that the attack on the MacDonalds took place, Clans often fought and killed one another over disputes, but rather that the manner in which the attack took place broke all the rules of Highland Hospitality which, because of the wild nature of the area, was that strangers, even old enemies, needing shelter had, as a matter of common decency, to be offered shelter and, in return, were expected to behave peacefully in return.

      When the troops arrived the MacDonald Chief was under the impression that he had given his loyalty and that his signed Oath had been accepted and that the troops were their peacefully and there was nothing to be feared from them, (Remember, communications back then were far slower than they are now). The Cambells and the soldiers under their command took the hospitality of the MacDonalds, during the depth of winter, and then rose up and turned on their hosts. That was against all Highland traditions, which both the Cambells and their troops were well versed in, and was looked on, quite naturally, as an act of treachery. Such behaviour was just not done.

      Naturally it was very convenient to place all the blame King William and the English by those who created the situation to deflect blame from themselves.


      • Amounderness Lad says:

        Sorry, I should add that it was only some 25 years later that the Clans rose up in support of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion so William’s worries over rebellion were far from far fetched and a very real possibility.


        • Jack says:

          Its also pertinent to add that the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 which finally ended at the Battle of Culloden were NOT a fight between Scotland and England but between those supporting the catholic Stuarts and the protestant monarchy. Their were plenty of Scots who fought on the side of the red coats that day. Its more accurate to describe it as the battle of the Boyne part 2.


      • Span Ows says:

        Amounderness Lad, thank you. Great info and adds a few points I never knew.


      • Ken Hall says:

        I have read up on this massacre and visited the location and it is indeed the absolute treachury that after receiving the gracious and generous hospitality of the MacDonald’s clan, eating their food and sleeping in their homes, that the massacre still took place. Hence why a pub in that location still bans anyone named Campbell and the locals never trust a Campbell, even to this very day.

        It is a truly shocking and horrific story.


  5. stuart says:

    nicky campbell is getting so smarmy just lately,he annoys me more than richard bacon with his smugness,a few years ago when james whales formerly of talksport fame said when he done a short spell working at the bbc with nicky campbell he said to him if me and you james was walking down oxford street and we was both hit by a bus walking over the road and killed who would be remembered most me or you,the self importance of this man and arrogance just sickens me.


  6. Guest Who says:

    Ah… the Trust…
    BBC Trust Info ‏@bbctrust 30 Aug
    To clarify we didn’t tell BBC to rethink Twitter Policy but to consider if additions needed to current guidance P28:

    If they can’t be relied upon to be relied upon, who can you trust?


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