Letter: Stop looking at the rear view mirror and focus on the cliff edge ahead
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Both sides of Brexit think the BBC is biased towards the other side, as Chris Grey's excellent piece points out. This may indicate that the Beeb is doing the right thing.
So let's just cut to the chase and stop hammering the BBC for showing or not showing any partiality during the referendum debate.
What we should be expending our energies and resources on is ensuring that the BBC and is fully accountable in reporting on the lies of the Brexit campaign that are now coming to light (their coverage of the Cambridge Analytica and Aggregate IQ scandal has been woefully poor), that any unfairness or illegalities of their campaign are brought to light, and that if it is confirmed that the Brexit campaign was won illegitimately then we must have a proper debate on the final outcome, and a chance to have our say on whether we want to accept the terms of Brexit.
Do let's stop looking at the rear view mirror and focus on the cliff edge ahead!
Raxa Mehta, London E14
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There is one area of broadcasting where the BBC can never hope to meet its 'strict requirements reflecting the vote share of political parties in the number of appearances across news and political programming'( James Ball, TNE #90).
- 1 Brexiteer Prue Leith quits Tory Party after government votes down motion to protect UK food standards
- 2 Brexit shambles: A stress of our own making
- 3 Public slams Brexit Party tweet which shames Tory MPs who voted against free school meals
- 4 Group in protest against Tory MPs who voted down free school meals targets offices with empty plates
- 5 Tory minister blames journalists for NHS Test and Trace failure as he defends Dido Harding
- 6 Priti Patel set to hand private firms £28 million in government contracts to deport asylum seekers from UK
- 7 Michel Barnier postpones Brussels return as Brexit trade talks in London continue
- 8 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 9 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 10 Boris Johnson and Priti Patel urged to end 'attacks' on lawyers in letter by 800 legal professionals
That area is proceedings in parliament. To give one example: the Liberal Democrats hold 'just 12 of 650 parliamentary seats and just 7% of the national vote share'. But 7% of 650 is 45, not 12. So in its broadcasts of the elected component of parliament (the important bit), the BBC must fail to reflect the national vote share of the Liberal Democrats as 12 is to 45.
UKIP must get an even worse deal, having no MPs at all despite its significant national vote share.
How is it that the publicly-funded broadcaster is strictly required to reflect the vote share of political parties and the publicly-funded national legislature, where the political parties do their stuff (if they can get near it), isn't?
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