Realising the Labour manifesto is breaking through, BBC Question Time goes into anti-Labour overdrive

BBC Question Time panel

Realising that the Labour manifesto is breaking through, BBC Question Time (BBCQT) went into anti-Labour overdrive on 21 November.

The manifesto unveiled a raft of policies that are highly popular with the UK public. For instance, the vast majority support nationalising essential industries (77% energy, 76% railways and 83% water), which Labour has pledged to do.

“Outrageous bias”

Labour’s manifesto also promises to only tax the top 5% of earners, meaning the establishment and BBC executives are in the crosshairs.

BBCQT didn’t waste a moment attacking the document:


The audience may submit questions, but the BBC selects them. And people think the fact that the first eight questions were attacks on Labour demonstrates serious bias at the broadcaster:

Others took issue with the contributions themselves:

And others slammed the BBC‘s coverage throughout 21 November:

Not out of character

The BBC is often accused of anti-Labour bias. The broadcaster appears to be fending off the threat Corbyn poses through:

  • Stacking panels and pundits full of anti-Corbyn talking heads. In 19 episodes of Sunday Politics, for instance, right-wingers dominated every show. True left-wingers, meanwhile, appeared on three of those episodes.
  • Misrepresenting information concerning Labour, such as selectively editing emails, broadcasting factual inaccuracies, and making images showing Corbyn next to Osama Bin Laden or on the Kremlin skyline.
A real shame

It’s a shame because the Labour manifesto is full of fabulous policies, such as:

  • Working to replace the House of Lords with a Senate of the Nations and Regions, and votes at 16.
  • Mass investment in green energy, including 90% of electricity via renewables and low-carbon sources by 2030.
  • Build 100,000 “social rent” homes per year, alongside a second homes tax.

And as economist Mariana Mazzucato points out, the ‘spending’ (investment) level isn’t even high in comparison to other countries:

The BBC‘s assault on the Labour manifesto is frankly depressing. Because it’s a modern vision for Britain that deserves a fair hearing.

Featured image via BBCiplayer

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    1. All the evidence of anti-Labour bias at the BBC and still people say the BBC is a lefty institution. People just can’t be that moronic, so it must come from reactionaries whose first instinct is to lie when their hate is challenged.

    2. Mentorn has always been a Tory supporting business and Question Time is a vehicle for mainly right wing opinion, with some token soft left people admitted ‘for balance’. Before pontificators are placed on the QT list, they have to have lunch with a couple of Tory MPs who will decide if the person is the ‘right sort’.

      The BBC has, increasingly, dropped any pretence of being balanced and has become much more overtly and unashamedly pro-Tory, or to be more precise the kind of Tory party that is controlled by the kind of people who installed Mr Boris Jonson as leader.

      In theElection QT on 22, November, the performance of Mr Johnson was dire. He was by some distance the worst performer as evidenced by the fact that he did not answer any questions and the audience was increasingly angry and contemptuous. However, it had a fair wad of Tory supporters in the audience to give him the applause at the end.

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