The bias of the national broadcaster, formerly known for strict impartiality reached dizzying heights this weekend as the deadline for a Brexit deal was reached. Whether that particular word should be used is extremely dubious. In the Brexit context, it’s new definition is nothing more than the latest target in a long list of missed targets.
Almost gleefully, they tell the tale of how “major, unresolved topics” prevented such a deal and that the ultimate deadline was December 31st. Realistically, it’s a lot sooner than that, with both Parliaments needing to vote on and approve it, not to mention the opportunity for one of the 27 to veto it..
Without the achievement of a trade deal, tariffs would have to be brought in and, in turn, prices on certain products may go up. There was, of course, no mention of the prices that would come down. Tariffs on New Zealand lamb, for instance, run at 70%, with certain fruit juices at 20%. But why should such small details get in the way of a dramatic headline?
There’s also the small detail that prices only go up if we continue to source items from within the EU of 27 countries. Shockingly, it turns out that there are approximately 170 others in the world that are NOT in the EU.
Another page of their doom-mongering slant on things takes the opportunity to tell its readers of the preparations retailers are making in order to avoid product shortages and stockpiling by the general public. It goes on to identify tinned goods and toilet roll (what a year it must have been for toilet roll producers!), thus giving shoppers the required knowledge of what exactly to, er, stockpile.
The Prime Minister insisted talks would continue, but that “I’ve got to repeat the most likely thing now is of course that we have to get ready for WTO terms.” Labour insist that scenario is the worst possible outcome and the BBC, in true impartial style, echoes that sentiment.
As the BBC continues to toe the EU line at the same time as searching for new ideas on funding, maybe I could make a suggestion? If the EU could introduce a small, voluntary of course, TV Licence fee in the 27 countries it still dictates to, maybe that could be used to fund this anti-UK organisation and then UK citizens would not feel quite so outraged by the constant political lobbying from its current affairs division?
Renaming it the EUBC would also clear up any confusion as to whose side they are on.
Martin Day – Party Secretary