The Sun has reported today that a cross-party group of MPs held a meeting with James Harding, Head of BBC News, earlier this week to discuss the corporation's anti-Brexit bias. Amongst those MPs attending were Kate Hoey, Philip Davies, and Ian Paisley Jr.
I looked at BBC bias in this post last week, so it is welcome news that some MPs have voiced their concern in a private meeting. It is shocking that BBC Radio 4 listeners are two and a half times more likely to hear a pro-EU speaker than an anti-EU one.
The BBC has issued a statement following the meeting, saying:
“BBC News listens to and reflects all points of view and remains committed to covering developments in a fair and impartial manner.”
In other words, no change.
In an excellent article for City A.M. yesterday, Brian Monteith, a Freedom Association Council Member and a former MSP, described the BBC's coverage of Brexit as "bias on stilts". He also said:
"Recently, we were subject to a BBC report of a decline in nurses coming from the EU, when the truth is that applications have climbed. Last week’s anniversary of the Brexit vote was marked by a Question Time panel that had four Remainers against one Leaver, and an audience dominated by Remainers in Plymouth – a constituency that voted overwhelmingly to Leave."
There are numerous other examples, and quite often bias shows itself in different forms. As Brian has noted, it's not always what is said or done, but rather what is omitted.Read more
This article was originally posted yesterday on my personal blog
Throughout the EU Referendum campaign, I said that reverting to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would not be disastrous. Indeed, as the respected economist, Ruth Lea, has pointed out, the UK would thrive under WTO rules.
The mission of this campaign is to explain how the United Kingdom can be Better Off Out of the European Union and to fight for the UK to regain its freedom and independence from the unelected and unaccountable EU. We are run by unelected Brussels bureaucrats and this must stop.
Better Off Out is a cross-party campaign, run by The Freedom Association, and puts the positive case for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Our liberty and sovereignty are disappearing. Help the UK to become free again.