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CLIP 6640

Battle of the Forth Road Bridge

Battle of the Forth Road Bridge
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Key Info
  • Battle of the Forth Road Bridge
  • Duration: 04:38
  • Brian Taylor, political editor of BBC Scotland, describes how the Scottish Parliament changed when, after eight years of Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition government, the Scottish National Party came to power as a minority government in 2007. This has stalled some of the SNP's aims, such as gaining full independence for Scotland. It has also led to difficult negotiations about other aims. The Forth Road Bridge is an important connection for the east of Scotland. The current bridge is in need of replacement but this will cost billions of pounds. The SNP want Westminster to provide funds for the bridge that can be paid back in later years. The UK Labour government and Labour in Holyrood would rather the bridge was built by a private company who would then be paid back. As the Scottish Government is unable to borrow money itself, some compromise must be reached.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies

       Topic:

    Politics and Government: The Democratic and Electoral Processes

  • Keywords: democracy, Holyrood, Scottish Parliament, SNP, Labour, Westminster, government, Scotland, modern studies, Forth, bridge, government finance, DemocracyinAction
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could discuss how much the method of proportional representation by which MSPs are elected can lead to minority or coalition government. What impact does this have on government in general and specific issues such as the bridge? The issue of power sharing between Holyrood and Westminster is also raised. What are the benefits and drawbacks of the current level of devolution? Students could compare Brian Taylor's blog (bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/briantaylor) with other forms of political reporting. How have coverage of politics and politics itself changed as a result of the media used?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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