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IMAGINE MY SURPRISE

By Pete Moore On September 21st, 2019

John Humphrys today lifts the lid on ‘institutional liberal bias’ at the BBC.

Two days after retiring, the legendary broadcaster accuses the ‘Kremlin’-style corporation of being out of touch.

He says its bosses ‘badly failed’ to read the nation’s mood on Europe and ‘simply could not grasp’ why anyone voted Leave.

In an explosive memoir serialised from today in the Daily Mail, Remain-voting Humphrys pulls no punches after decades of being constrained by rules that stop journalists expressing opinions.

The 76-year-old, who spent 33 years on Radio 4’s flagship news show Today, says he is now free of ‘the BBC Thought Police’ which has ‘tried to mould the nation into its own liberal-Left image’.

John Harumphreys sounds demob happy, having been a BBC journalist and broadcaster for 53 years. So he should know something, and when even a Remainer like him accuses the BBC of “institutional liberal bias” and of simply not grasping how anyone could vote Leave, maybe his is an opinion to be heeded.

But of course the BBC is out of touch, and that’s what will kill it in the end. Beyond its narrow political window and metropolitan social circles, it really has no idea what Britain is actually like. So it cannot see that its end is coming, a consequence of the country abandoning it.

20 Responses to “IMAGINE MY SURPRISE”

  1. ‘Remain voting Humphries?’

    The impartial, neutral, non – partisan presenter John Humphries?

    https://buzz.ie/news/veteran-bbc-host-asks-irish-reporter-ireland-dont-leave-eu-314780

    Yeah, alright then, it’s got me convinced anyway.

  2. The impartial, neutral, non – partisan presenter John Humphries?

    Yes, him, who treated all politicians with equal suspicion. Stick to the topic please. No Irish whining tonight.

  3. ‘Remain voting Humphries?’

    Yeah, he really showed his remainer spirit above. Bollocks.

    I suspect John’s attempting to supplement his BBC pension by selling salaciousness. Do you think he did the Lie Mail serialisation for free?

    Oh, and just while we’re on the topic of the gutter press, it’s sister paper:

    https://twitter.com/JolyonMaugham/status/1175379503402627077

  4. John Humphries is entitled to his personal right wing anti remain biases in his personal life but clearly his prejudices do not fit well with the neutrality and impartial professional standards expected by our national broadcaster.

  5. Pete Moore.

    But of course the BBC is out of touch, and that’s what will kill it in the end.

    No. Wrong again. What will kill the BBC, or to be realistic what will chop The corporation down considerably is streaming services and the vast number of other channels that are now available.

    Beyond its narrow political window and metropolitan social circles, it really has no idea what Britain is actually like.

    I think it has a better idea of knowing of Britain is actually like the new do Pete, and that’s saying something.

  6. Paul –

    On the subject of the loser Jolyon Maugham –

    Verified account @JuliaHB1

    Oh, would that be just the same as how you published *my* private address online, Jolyon? My sympathies… Not.

  7. So obviously that makes it okay then?

  8. the loser Jolyon Maugham

    How is he a loser Pete? It seems to a Leaver like me that he has instigated legal challenges to Brexit which have been successful so far. Let’s remember that Theresa May thought that she could engineer Brexit without any recourse to Parliament and that the Daily Mail condemned the judges as “Traitors!” for insisting on Parliament having to approve it.

    Cummings is Robespierre, look it up if you need to. We are living in revolutionary times.

  9. Peter –

    Are you kidding? Maugham keeps on losing his hopeless cases.

    And Cummings is Robespierre? What are you smoking? Put down the bong and clear your mind. The commie press has a formula – portray an aide to a non-commie leader as “sinister”.

    That was Karl Rove to GWB

    That was Steve Bannon to Trump

    That’s Cummings to Boris Johnson.

    It’s pre-scripted. It’s a play book. Wakey wakey.

  10. Two days after retiring . . .

    Like so many in State institutions, and the BBC definitely comes under that, they only tell it like it is once they are on the ‘outside’ and cannot be made to retract and apologies for telling something so revolutionary as the truth.

    But what to do about the BBC ? It is protected much like the NHS is protected. Protected from much needed and overdue reform. Failure to do so will lead to its eventual collapse as these failed State White Elephants become increasingly irrelevant as technology and competition takes over.

  11. Two days after retiring . . .

    Like so many in State institutions, and the BBC definitely comes under that, they only tell it like it is once they are on the ‘outside’ and cannot be made to retract and apologies for telling something so revolutionary as the truth.

    But what to do about the BBC ? It is protected much like the NHS is protected. Protected from much needed and overdue reform. Failure to do so will lead to its eventual collapse as these failed State White Elephants become increasingly irrelevant as technology and competition takes over.

  12. The BBC & NHS are ‘failed state white elephants?’

    Are you sniffing glue Mark?

  13. The NHS does need some modern flexibility in how it operates and its funding, while I personally think the BBC should abolish the licence fee and operate 100% from direct guaranteed state funding.

  14. I agree on both points Colm but to suggest that both are ‘failed white elephants’ is crazy talk.

    The BBC is respected all over the braodcasting world and, as one of many, many examples, literally, literally everyone I know born withing the NHS sphere was brought into this world by the NHS.

  15. Of course it is crazy to see them as failed white elephants but that is because they are viewed by paranoid right wingers as lefty institutions designed to brainwash or dominate the deluded masses.

  16. The BBC and NHS are I think strongly supported By the British public

  17. They certainly are. Used and in the case of the BBC regularly watched by virtually everyone in the U.K. too.

  18. The BBC and NHS are I think strongly supported By the British public

    Great, so we can go to voluntary funding models, yes?

    https://www.cable.co.uk/about/media-centre/releases/bbc-charter-review-new-study-reveals-startling-lack-of-public-support-for-bbc-in-current-form/

    However it appears that the BBC is not as popular as the misinformed Phantom and Colm state. But so what? We tried to settle just one aspect of public policy, and the Colms have been trying to overturn it ever since.

  19. Of those, only one in three (32.6%) believe BBC should continue to be funded by the licence fee as it currently operates

    Of those on this thread who have commented on fuding I believe that those who believe it should continue to be funded by the licence fee is 0%

  20. From your own polling Pete – as alternatives to the license fee:

    34% believe it should be funded through public taxation or through a reformed license fee (scaled to household income). 22% should be free-to-air but generate revenue in other manners (syndication rights, advertising). 19% believed it should be funded privately (through subscription or pay-per-view systems). 25% said other forms or don’t know.