The story of how successive Labour and Conservative governments up
until the 1970s worked behind the scenes to discredit the Home Rule
movement and the SNP - as revealed through once secret papers now
available from official archives.
The greatest concern inside the British government was of course
the revenues from North Sea oil which would have probably been lost
forever in the event of Scottish secession.
From the programme:
"For the past fifty years, Labour and Conservative governments have
shared a common agenda - stopping Home Rulers and Scottish Nationalists
from breaking up Britain and making Scotland independent. This programme
will show you how both parties have resorted to spying and underhand
tactics to discredit the SNP, its members and supporters. We will show
you how official documents which supported independence were kept hidden.
How politicians and civil servants tried to obstruct independence and
keep the country united. In this programme we reveal how, in the past,
civil servants, MI5 and Special Branch were used by Westminster to
obstruct and even sabotage the Scottish nationalist movement."
Broadcast on BBC ALBA (Gaelic channel, BBC Scotland) December 2008
Languages: spoken Gaelic & English, English hard subtitles