As a historian, I am familiar with the works of Ed Miliband’s father, Ralph. Yes, he was a Marxist, and yes, he had some very odd left wing views. However, I don’t think the fact that Ralph Miliband was a Communist is any reason to attack his son. After all, we can’t choose our parents.
But I’m also bored by this mock outrage from the left wing press. They claim it’s out of order to criticise the dead, but let’s not forget that these SAME people rejoiced at the death of Margaret Thatcher. I feel uncomfortable with the attacks on Ralph Miliband, just as I did those on Margaret Thatcher when she passed away. However, the real story to come out of this sorry saga is that the BBC has again shown its true colours – and it’s RED to the core.
Last week, the BBC became the mouthpiece of Ed Miliband and the Labour Party. Labour figures such as Ed Miliband, Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn and Lord Glassman were pimped around BBC studios and given easy interviews on the subject. Over thirty articles related to the story appeared on the BBC website and it was given 49 minutes' coverage on the BBC's flagship current affairs programme on Radio 4, The Today Programme. For the BBC, it was as if the world had stopped because Ed Miliband’s father had been attacked in a newspaper!
Peter Sissons, the former BBC newsreader, summed up why when he said “the overwhelming view of BBC news executives is broadly sympathetic to the Labour Party” – so it’s no surprise really. Tory MPs are concerned and have written to the corporation to ask what’s going on, but they shouldn't bother because the BBC has a long history of left wing bias.
Former UKIP leader Lord Pearson complained that the BBC’s coverage on the EU was biased as far back as 2002. We now know BBC executives passed him off as being “quite mad” at the time. In 2005, the Wilson Report into BBC coverage concluded that it was “culturally biased” in favour of left wing causes. As a result, organisation promised to change. Sadly, it did not.
In July this year, the former Head of BBC News admitted that the organisation did not represent the public’s views on immigration fairly because of a “deep liberal bias”. In August this year, a study by the Centre for Policy Studies found that the BBC was more likely to promote left wing stories and be hostile to those from the right. On the issue of alleged “man-made global warming”, the BBC has been the cheerleader-in-chief. It very rarely gives a platform to climate change sceptics and allows scaremongers to go unchallenged. It’s even worse when spoon-feeding global warming stories to our youngsters through shows like Blue Peter.
I don’t mind the fact that newspapers and private media outlets have political bias. If you don’t like the political leanings of a newspaper or a TV channel, don’t pay for them. But it’s different when the state broadcaster is politically biased, because we all have to pay the licence fee no matter what. I’m coming to the conclusion that the licence fee should be scrapped and then we can choose whether we want to pay to have the BBC’s left wing propaganda shoved down our throats or not.You are welcome to comment for or against the BBC, but if you can humanly do, try to keep it reasonably moderate!