Ofcom: James O’Brien Guilty of Anti-UKIP Bias

Well colour Guido surprised. Ofcom have ruled that LBC’s resident lefty James O’Brien is guilty of breaching broadcasting rules on the day of the Clacton by-election, for saying this:

“We, of course, are living in a country where an anti-immigration party is poised to win a seat in a constituency where there aren’t any immigrants. So we can’t really start sneering at other civilisations, and other cultures for being defined by division and enmity, when we appear to be rushing headlong into a similar environment ourselves. Just as a point of interest, I was looking at the census – yah, I am living the dream! – 2011 census with regard to Clacton, looking at how many immigrants are there. And do you know how many immigrants – there aren’t any in that constituency to speak of, 95.7%, I think, British-born and 95.7% white. It’s perfect, perfect territory in a sense. But the tiny number of immigrants who do live there, rather excitingly, the majority of them come from Germany. Who else comes from Germany, I wonder? We’ve just had a little bit of election analysis for you.”

Guido is all for opening up the airwaves to more forthright debate, but it was probably the subtle Germany reference that did for O’Brien…

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