UKIP has put a number of issues on the agenda of public debate because for the last twenty years we have been talking openly about them, and our surge in support from the public, in elections and in opinion polls, means these issues can no longer be swept under the carpet or ignored, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.
•Nick Robinson the Political Editor of the BBC has admitted what we all knew already: that the BBC made a “terrible mistake” on its coverage of immigration over the years. Nick is a personable and professional journalist and he is to be commended for admitting the BBC’s bias on this issue.
But this is not a mistake made on one issue. I have been saying for years the BBC is institutionally politically biased on a range of issues. The main ones are: membership of the European Union, Immigration, and man-made climate change. Up until now anyone who challenged the BBC’s accepted wisdom on these issues ran the risk of being labelled a racist or a nutcase.
Why has the BBC changed its tune now? It is the same reason Labour has had to admit it made ‘mistakes’ on immigration, and the Tories are making (insincere) noises on controlling immigration. It is due to the electoral threat from UKIP that these people have had to adjust their messages. UKIP has put these issues on the agenda of public debate because for the last twenty years we have been talking openly about them, and our surge in support from the public, in elections and in opinion polls, means these issues can no longer be swept under the carpet or ignored.
Recently the former BBC News Editor of the BBC said that the BBC had a “deep liberal bias” when she took up her job in 2004. That is an understatement to say the least, and inaccurate. There is nothing wrong with being ‘liberal’ in the old sense of the word with a small ‘l’. It means tolerant and favouring reform and progress. Who would oppose that? However the BBC’s attitudes on many things over the last four or five decades has been one of extremely left-wing and even Marxist
Nick Robinson’s documentary is on BBC at 9.30pm this evening [07.01.2014] and it will be interesting to hear his analysis in more detail. Also on the programme will be UKIP Leader Nigel Farage – at last it is no longer possible to keep us out of the debate.