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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Biased BBC?

You'd think this were an April fool were it not so tragically infuriating.

The BBC website currently reads, from the top, with the headline "Tories to maintain lender secrecy":

The Conservative party has insisted that it will not reveal the names of about 10 people who have lent it money but have now had their loans repaid.

It owes £16m to 13 supporters who helped bankroll its election campaign.

Almost £5m has been repaid to lenders - some of whom were foreign - but their identities will remain secret, prompting criticism from Labour.

Tory chairman Francis Maude said he "regretted" accepting loans from abroad but insisted no laws had been broken.

Now the headline is more misleading than anything else, suggesting as it does that the Party rejects the principle of being open about lenders, which it doesn't. All future loans will be declared and all current loans have been declared. Maude's statement is fantastically detailed and lays the party's finances so bare. Surely the leading item in the article should be the announcement yesterday? Instead it doesn't even get a mention. It is only past lenders who wish their repaid loans to remain anonymous who aren't being made public and details of those are going to the Electoral Commission.

Now I'm not one to shout "bias" at the BBC too readily but this really is beyond the pale. Particularly when we have a Prime Minister with such close and shady connections to new peers who also happen to be pretty much contiguous with a list of those financing Labour via dealings with Downing Street.


At 7:26 pm, Blogger David Vance said...

The fact is that the BBC have been doing their damnest to shift the focus from sleazoid Blair and onto the Conservatives. Bias, yes. Surprised, no.

At 4:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tories really could be doing better to shift it back to where it should be though.

At 4:22 pm, Blogger Edward said...

Well, quite on both counts!

At 11:06 am, Blogger Chris Palmer said...

Do you really expect better from the Biased BBC? Time to privatise.


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