Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The BBC are playing a dangerous game with Esther Rantzen

The BBC seem to have taken it upon themselves to put their own woman into Parliament.

In the wake of the expenses scandal, Esther Rantzen, a long time employee of the BBC, in fact one could almost say a lifetime employee of the BBC, announced that she "might" stand as an independent parliamentary candidate for Luton South, currently the constituency of the disgraced MP Margaret Moran (Lab) who has claimed expenses on a house she doesn't live in, which is neither in her constituency nor London.

Esther Rantzen: BBC

When Esther Rantzen made the jump from journalist to politician the BBC should have dropped her like a hot potato. Instead she has been given prime time exposure the like of which any other "wanna-be" politician could only dream of. She was on Newsnight the day she announced her tentative foray into politics and news programmes have been following her excursions into Luton, giving her unwarranted exposure and a decided advantage over other candidates. The BBC's political neutrality is severely compromised.

At the same time the BBC has been raising the profile of the English Democrat Party. This well-meaning, but very small, party promotes a degree of English devolution from the United Kingdom. In recent days the BBC has covered their activities to a far greater extent than it is covering larger minor parties such as the Greens, the BPP and the BNP.

The motivation for this sudden interest in minority politicians seems to be as follows. The public is disgusted with all the major parties for their porcine attitude to public funds and looking for someone else to vote for who will come in and clean up the mess. The usual suspect for this role is UKIP. However, the UKIP leader, Nigal Farage has recently let slip that he has claimed £2 million in expenses as an MEP. Although the BBC has carefully refrained from reporting this nugget of information it seems likely that UKIP will implode when it becomes widely known.

Nigel Farage: £2 million

That just leaves the BNP as party of choice for protest voters. The BBC hates the BNP and is desperate to promote an alternative, hence their flailing around looking for someone else, anyone else, for the public to use as a vent for their fury. The BBC does not report the BNP if it can at all help it. It doesn't want the public to know what the BNP stands for. As an illustration, BNP politicians are never invited onto programmes such as Question Time although other small parties, eg the Greens and even the Monster Raving Loony Party, are.

Ironically, the BNP is very much in favour of public service broadcasting. They don't think getting all your news from the likes of a Rupert Murdoch or a Conrad Black or even the Barclay Brothers (not suggesting that Rupert or the twins have ever done anything criminal here!) is a good idea. In a democracy, free citizens need an unbiased source of news. That should be the BBC. Sadly, at the moment, it is not.

Links:
Daily Telegraph
Nigel Farage's expenses

1 comment:

Bertie Humbug's Ranto-O-Matic said...

Its certainly not just the BBC that hates the BNP, most of the mainstream media do, including 'right wing' papers such as the Daily Mail. However your point that the BBC would like someone, anyone, except the BNP gaining support is almost certainly true, and you're also right that under their supposed obligation to be impartial they should be treating everyone fairly. But you know the BBC...that's a pipe dream.

On the issue of expenses, the BNP is in a fortunate position as due to the fact that they dont have any MPs or MEPs and therefore couldnt get embroiled. I bet it would have been a different story if they had.

In other news I have written a piece about immigration on my blog. If you'd like to cast an eye and make a comment on it I'd appreciate it. Its a bit disjointed but hey we can't all be James Joyce.