Saturday, 25 July 2009

#War044 - TELEGRAPH - Dan HANNAN - 25-Jul-2009

#War043 - TELEGRAPH - Dan HANNAN - 25-Jul-2009

Daniel Hannan
Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist, and has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He has written eight books on European policy, speaks French and Spanish and is author of The Plan: Twelve months to renew Britain Anti-UKIP and pro-Green: the BBC at its most blatantly biased

By Daniel Hannan Politics Last updated: July 25th, 2009

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Several weeks ago, the BBC decided to start running stories about how well the Green Party would do at the Norwich North by-election. It is far from clear whether programme editors thought that this would happen anyway, or whether they hoped to make it happen. After all, what minority candidates most crave is airtime: to be treated as mainstream, and so to anticipate the “wasted vote” argument.

The BBC obliged. Lord, how it obliged. Throughout the campaign, it ran programmes with Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Green spokesmen. Now don’t get me wrong: I rather like the Greens. But there was no basis to the claim that they were the fourth party, either nationally or locally. The last test of electoral feeling was June’s European election. The United Kingdom Independence Party won 13 seats and came second; the Greens won two seats and came fifth. In local elections on the same day, UKIP beat the Greens in most Norwich North wards.

UKIP activists politely drew these facts to the BBC’s attention in the hope of fairer coverage. They misunderstood the Corporation’s mindset. In Beebworld, Greens are essentially nice, and deserve a fair crack of the whip. But UKIP are anti-immigration, anti-Brussels and, worst of all, sceptical about climate change. They are not Our Sort Of People, and should be covered accordingly, if at all.

Newsnight, Look East and Radio 4 all chose to disregard UKIP and treat the Greens as the main story. Three days before the poll, the BBC’s Eastern region TV held a hustings meeting for four candidates: Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Green.

What was the result in the event? UKIP won 11.8 per cent of the vote - comfortably ahead of the Greens and remarkably close to the LibDems (or “worryingly close” as I just heard a Radio 5 Live presenter put it).

Did our state broadcaster apologise for its mistake? No, alright, that would have been expecting too much; but was it, at least, a little abashed in its tone? Nope. It simply edited UKIP out of its coverage. On the one o’clock news, a little bar chart came up to represent the results: blue for the Conservatives, red for Labour, yellow for the LibDems and, er, green for the fifth-placed Greens. The party that had come fourth, and been just 800 votes behind the LibDems, wasn’t represented. Nor was UKIP mentioned on the contemporaneous radio news.

Like everyone else, I’m habituated to a measure of one-sidedness from the BBC. When, earlier this week, one of its senior controllers called publicly on the Corporation to “foster left-of-centre thinking”, I didn’t become especially exercised. This, though, goes beyond the general Leftiness which we’ve come to expect in drama, comedy and consumer affairs programmes. It is an issue of measurable bias between political parties, of empirically identifiable partisanship.

I hold no brief for UKIP, but this dispute transcends party loyalties. It is one engagement in a wider Kulturkampf. The BBC simply can’t bring itself to be fair to to those it regards as being outside the Left-liberal comity. All of us, including those who fight against UKIP at elections, should be angry on that party’s behalf. If you haven’t yet joined Charles Moore’s licence fee boycott, do so now.

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Clearly Dan Hannan has once again displayed his grasp of what is going on - if only David Cameron were not so predictably out of touch and misguidedly pro vassal status in TheEU!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

# War 043 - BBC 1 Question Time

If you look at the video clip of Question Time last week (To watch the full programme CLICK HERE, you will clearly see that the cameraman has caught Harriot Harman's signal to David Dimbleby at just after 14 minutes into the clip.

Here is the clip itself:

Ian Duncan-Smith has just brought up his pet subject of problems of inner city areas and crime. Just after the hand signal and roll of the eyes by Harriot Harman, Dimbleby goes into overdrive to shut IDS down, claiming vociferously that he's off subject.

The earnestness of Dimbleby shows quite clearly that he is responding directly to Harman, almost as if he is under some sort of obligation to do so.

Take a look and judge for yourself.

Is this the State Broadcaster responding to its State controllers?

Monday, 6 July 2009

# War 042 - Climate Change.

So on Country File last night the BBC reports the current new orthodoxy that our climate is changing by 'warming up' when in fact the temperature at the moment is actually very slightly cooling down.

The BBC is totally bias on Climate Change seldom if ever reporting the increasing evidence that climate change is so much hot air promoted by the Green Movement to further their own importance.

# War 041 - Post Office bill scrapped.

Anyone in the know is aware that Post Offices are closing as a result of an EU diktat and it is the EU that is behind the plan to privatise the business. So New Liebour may well postponed their privatisation bill but it will never go away as the EU has already decreeded this change will take place.
Don't forget at lest 75% of our laws are now made in Brussels.

Does the 'pro EU' BBC report these facts - of course not as they are now part of the current 'Establishment' who are reluctant to portray the EU in a bad light.