Some observations by John Bean.
On several occasions it has been suggested that The BBC’s picks the audience to give its Question Time programmes the liberal-left bias it requires. Again this was blatant in the programme on November 7th from Boston in Lincolnshire.
The panel of the great and good in orthodox politics, i.e. three representatives of the Lib-Lab-Con conspiracy singing from the same hymn sheet, on this occasion consisted of Anna Soubry, the Conservative Defence Secretary; Emily Thornberry labour’s Shadow Attorney General; plus the establishment safety valve to kid the electorate that there is an alternative, Nigel Farage. Supporting figures – but not for Nigel – were two people who were quite wholesome in comparison with the others, even if they contributed little weight in the discussions; namely the West Indian poet Benjamin Zephaniah and the former wife of Chris Huhne, Vicky Price – a good Guardianista if ever I heard one.
The second question, which took up half of the programme, was on the subject of immigration. Well, they said it was but no mention was made throughout the whole programme of the majority of immigrants to Britain, namely those from Afro-Asia.
It was confined to East Europeans, and Poles in particular, who are almost the only people that local farmers can find who are willing to work on the land at harvest time – outside of this they draw jobseekers allowance. This was the moment to demolish Farage, thought the panel as they interrupted each other in order to quote from selected sources that the East Europeans despite their very numbers – providing nearly 40 per cent of the population in Boston – were not causing pressure problems on housing, schools and the NHS. No, it was all good for Boston and Britain in general. Cheers from the audience at this nonsense made it clear that many must really be unaware of what the pressure in Boston is like or were happy to toe Labour’s left wing line
Two questioners soon let it slip that they actually lived in Nottingham. None of them were asked to give their name. Chairman David Dimbleby pointed very purposely at whom he wanted to speak. He obviously knew where the anti-Farage questioners had been placed. Then came big bertha, a well-fed redhead who opened up with a non-stop line of leftish fire that soon became pure abuse. Not that it halted the well-experienced Civic Nationalist Farage. You can see his tormentor in the photo below.
As I recall Dimbleby’s actions were similar in a Question Time programme earlier this year where the victim was Diane James from UKIP and the leftie abuser was a blond woman. It came from Eastleigh just after the 28th February by-election there following Huhne’s resignation. According to a reader’s internet comment in the Daily Telegraph 7/3/13 this particular rabble-rouser was a known Labour party agitator known as Amy Rutland who on her own website had said, before the programme had been on air: “Don’t miss out on Question Time tonight, you’ll see me rip into the disgusting UKIP woman”.
This showed then, and again in the programme from Boston, how “spontaneous” the BBC’s QT is when you have packed the audience with the approved PC people and invited in Labour party agitators. For too long they have been fooling sofa bound electors that the audiences they are allowed to see represent a genuine balance of the nation’s political opinions.
For the record, British Democrats do not support the views of UKIP. Not least because they are prepared to stop, or even evict, any fellow European as an immigrant, but allow in up to 150,000 Afro-Asians per year. But we do believe in genuine freedom of expression for people of all political beliefs, including UKIP.