IF you want to hear the undiluted BBC perspective on Brexit, listen to last Sunday morning’s A Point of View. Writer Howard Jacobson attempts to argue that failure to deliver Brexit is not a betrayal and, of course, takes a few potshots at Trump in the process.
This was far from the righteous novelist’s first outing on the BBC, or the first opportunity they have given him to vent his spleen over Brexit and the ‘deplorable’ decision of those ignorant enough to vote in Donald Trump as President of the USA. Here he is speaking to a strangely non-confrontational, non-hectoring Emily Maitlis (winner of the TCW’s most biased BBC presenter award) about his book Pussy – described by the BBC as a ‘turbocharged satire’ about Trump – and about Brexit and democracy.
Democracy, you will be pleased to hear, Mr Jacobson thinks gets a lot wrong, not least when the people vote the wrong way, in his view, over Brexit and Trump. He believes in a pick-and-mix version, one in which the ‘wrong’ vote should not be allowed to stand. Sounds like a pretty Stalinist version to me, but hey ho. ‘Democracy works best when the people are making the right decisions’ was but one of his ingenuous comments that failed to exercise the normally easily excitable Emily.
The problem is that these examples are not one-offs in the BBC’s Brexit portfolio. And while it was good finally to hear Boris Johnson attacking the BBC for ‘conditioning the public’ with their Brexit gloom on air, I wonder if he knows the half of it. Or whether the Corporation’s only (reputedly) pro-Brexit Right-wing interviewer, Andrew Neil, has any idea either of the bandwagon he’s been aboard and helped along.
They both need to study this table to ‘get’ the complete picture of the BBC’s unrelenting bias since 1999 on Brexit
The BBC could start to rectify this catalogue of bias by giving the articulate Ann Widdecombe next week’s A Point of View slot. She’s a good Catholic and a very thoughtful woman. After that Nigel Farage could be offered a platform to expound on what democracy means here and in the USA – equal to that Emily gave to Howard Jacobson.
It’s a challenge, Lord Hall.