The BBC promises an “impartiality revolution”. The Corporation’s chairman, Richard Sharp, pledges that it now has a chance to become what it was originally intended to be – ‘fair, authoritative and impartial’.
If true, this will be wonderful news. We will have to wait before we can rejoice. A true reboot of BBC, back to its Charter would be a real revolution, since so many of its programmes, staff, and personnel have shown severe bias for so many years.
Their fundamental problem is that much of the BBC doesn’t realize that its views and stances are highly partial.
For example, why did the BBC yesterday morning pay so much attention to the predictable haughty comments by French President Emmanuel Macron regarding his fishing dispute with Britain but ignore the far more striking news, that Jean Castex, France’s Prime Minister, had blatantly admitted that France seeks to punish the UK over Brexit?
The BBC had obtained Mr Castex’s leaked email to the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. In it, Castex demanded that Brussels clarify that leaving EU was’more harmful than remaining in it’. This is a shocking act by the French premier. The BBC, pro-EU to its core, referred to it as a mere “meanwhile”.
MAIL ON Sunday COMMENT: We don’t have to join our neighbours in their petty quarrels and confront the demons from their often-tragic pasts. Boris Johnson and his Cabinet should emphasize the freedom, flexibility, and agility that they rightly claim our independence has given them.
Is the BBC still accepting that Brexit is a fact? While many of its senior staff will never admit that it was justified they should not be able to influence coverage of the inevitable post departure complications such as cross-Channel fishing disputes and problems with the Northern Ireland protocol.
Both of these are in Britain’s best interest. It is the EU who seems to want trouble.
Brussels is having serious problems controlling its eastern borders, especially Poland. It might see a point to make an exit seem difficult and painful.
That desire comes especially from France, the EU’s most militant member.
Paris tries to prove that our decision not to leave was a mistake by making it as painful as possible.
President Macron, who will be re-elected next year, would enjoy a noisy nationalist brawl alongside his Anglo-Saxon adversary.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Comment: Deep down, does the BBC still believe that Brexit is a fact?
Mr Macron is facing a troubling challenge from Eric Zemmour, the Right-wing populist maverick Eric Zemmour. Zemmour, who is a defender for the disgraced wartime Vichy regime but is far more dangerous than Marine Le Pen. He would be grateful for a chance to look tough.
We don’t have to join the petty quarrels and face the demons of our often-tragic pasts as our neighbours. Boris Johnson’s Cabinet should emphasize the agility, flexibility, freedom and independence that they rightly state our independence has given to us.
It would be great to see the government making more of our escape from Brussels’ interference, and our ability to make our laws, set our taxes, and encourage our economy. Free ports have been mentioned very rarely lately.
Rejoicing in the world of fully sovereign nations is the best way to end the resentful pettiness shown by some of our entangled neighboring countries.
Perhaps they will take inspiration from Britain’s past.
Our fully realized freedom may remind the BBC one day that the first word of its name is British’.