A BBC insider has defied orders to release a bombshell about Theresa May.
Journalist Owen Jones was contacted by someone claiming to be a BBC insider on 1 June. That person said that the Prime Minister has refused to take any interviews with BBC local radio networks prior to the general election. In contrast, the source claimed, all other parties have agreed to interview requests.
Jones has now confirmed that this claim is true:
As the message shows, the BBC journalist said they had been told “not to tweet about this”; and that they are not allowed to “speak about it in public”. This raises very important questions about both the media and May’s propensity to hold office.
May is asking the country to trust her to lead the country after 8 June. Refusing interviews with the press, which form the basis of much of the public’s understanding of politicians, is not a sign of good leadership. And the media should be informing the public about this inadequacy. That’s part of their job. Especially for the BBC. Because it’s a public service broadcaster. So it has a duty to put the interests of the public first rather than any political ties it may have.
As one Twitter commentator pointed out, if it was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn doing this, the media response would be very different:
Now, Jones himself is asking “searching questions” about the discovery:
The British public deserve to know why May is refusing to participate in interviews and make her case for leading the country. People should not be expected to head out to vote not knowing what’s behind this choice. Whoever wins on 8 June holds the fate of the country in their hands. And the public should know before voting exactly what that person is capable of.
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