It was clearly a miserable day for EU loving staff at BBC news. Their sadness at Britain leaving the European Union was there for all to see. Every news article, every Brexit special was filled with Remoaners, still trotting out the same old arguments, tropes and dogmas. Whilst they treated leave voters like a strange alien race who they could not understand, Remainers were sympathised with, as if they were victims of some terrible injustice, which is exactly what the BBC think they are. Leave voters were invited on ‘for balance’ but were challenged and ridiculed whilst Remoaners were given an easy ride.
The coverage of Britain leaving the EU was filled with a potted history and leftist slants, whilst each news presenter talked of ‘holding the government to the promises they made’ and talking of an ‘uncertain future’ which was as near as they could come to positivity for Brexit.
Correspondents were at a deserted road on the Irish border and Gibraltar’s border with Spain, the EU parliament in Brussels , and a protest outside the Scottish Parliament. There was a brief look at the Brexit Celebrations in Parliament Square but none of the speakers were broadcast. It looked like the days of Gerry Adams speeches during the 80s. This is where the biggest lie of the night came from, when Katya Adler claimed there were “about a thousand people” on Parliament Square when clearly, as Darren Grimes’ video shows, there were easily ten times that.
Most telling of all was the exclusion of Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation on the historic day. Rather, the BBC’s ‘Brexit special’, replete with EU flag backdrop, played a ‘tribute’ film to the European Project, reminiscent of a Hollywood awards show featuring ‘those we’ve lost this year’.
The BBC failed to give anything like a balanced view, even on the day of Brexit itself, or even provide any coherent piece on why we were leaving; the bribery and corruption, the anti-democratic mechina, the huge powers with no unaccountable, the erasure of country identities, or the formation of a Soviet-style Union. No, because the BBC don’t believe any that. The BBC play the game of labelling anything they don’t like as ‘fake news’. Calling in ‘independent Think-Tanks’ that are really left-leaning activists to trot-out tired old tropes fools no-one.
For a long time now the BBC have behaved like they are not accountable to the people. They would do well to remember they are. They are public servants, whose charter talks of entertaining and educating. But their idea of education is only that of leftist propaganda. The things ‘they’ believe in. The things that interest ‘them’. Usually these are a preoccupation with LGBTQ Rights, identity politics and Apocalyptic hysteria.
Their decision to make everyone pay the same licence fee, including those over 75, (a true Marxist idea if ever there was one) outraged the public. But it was the BBC’s behaviour over Brexit that so angered Boris Johnson and raised the question of the Licence fee again.
The BBC clearly favoured the 48%. yet 100% of voters pay the licence fee, and insulting the other 52% isn’t a good longterm strategy. Worst still, every other area of the BBC, not just News and current affairs, were entirely anti-Brexit too. Comedy shows , on every BBC channel, were infested with left-wing ‘clapter comedians’, whose entire routines were basically one joke: “aren’t leave voters thick!” For three and a half years. They were neither funny, nor clever. Comedians like Nish Kumar whose half hour show ‘The Daily Mash’ every week was 30 minutes of insulting Brexiteers, all delivered in a smug, self-congratulatory way, whilst the left-wing audience clapped at the clever observation “Brexit voters ARE thick”. It was an insult to both Comedy and Brexit voters.
Why should Brexit voters pay to be insulted exactly? Are there any other institutions able to demand money, on threat of prison, only to use that money for pet-projects like Trans rights, whilst insulting the majority of the populous to boot?
As Brexit progressed, all pretence of impartiality went out of the window. Increasingly angry, and increasingly desperate, BBC programmes sounded more and more like The Guardian’s opinion page. People took to Twitter in their thousands to complain, Newswatch regularly received a barrage of complaints about the bias coverage too, all dismissed with the customary smug disdain from BBC execs. They repeated the notion they received complaints from both sides, and this, they argued, was proof-positive that their coverage was impartial. Further examination showed that in no way was this impartial, that Leave voters complained in far greater numbers whilst the complaints from Remainers were not for balance but for the banning of people they didn’t like. Not the same at all.
But proof came over Question Time with analysis of every guest, from every week, since the start of the referendum. The damning evidence was clear and undeniable. 75% of Question Time panels were Remainers. A 3 to 1 ratio, obvious for all to see, but which the BBC wouldn’t admit to.
There is always a danger in believing that you’re fireproof. There is always a danger in vilifying, or ridiculing the great British public too. The BBC have done both of these things over the past few years. There will come a time when that great British public will have had enough. It is looking increasingly likely this day is near.
Pressure is growing for not just decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee but to abolish it entirely. Were it from a paid service, such as Netflix or Amazon, then customers could vote with their remote, But the gall of making you PAY for someone to abuse you should be left to conservative politicians in certain Soho establishments.
They are being the architects of their own demise. People are calling for the licence fee to be scrapped in greater numbers than ever before. They see the idea of it as a leftover from a bygone age. We can stream anything we want, any time, from dozens of companies on millions of devices. Anywhere. The idea of a legally enforced license fee for a State-run tv channel seems archaic. Blanket charges for State-TV is a socialist idea from another era. We didn’t mind when the BBC really did make great television and were truly impartial, but they have not been that organisation for a long time. If the BBC want to be a far left organisation obsessed with trans rights and manmade global warming then they can be, but the British public say; just not with a penny from us.