Fair play to Newsnight for this segment on why ethnic minority voters and businessmen and women back Brexit. The British Indian and Pakistani shop owners they spoke to wanted trade agreements with China, India and the Commonwealth and had concerns about European immigration. Can we have another musical video please?
Pete Wishart is the SNP MP who wrote to the Met demanding a full investigation into Tory election fraud. Yet Pete had no answer when the Daily Politics asked him about Guido’s story on the Nats’ own spending:
Jo Coburn: “It’s been alleged that Nicola Sturgeon’s helicopter tour at the last election included some local campaigning. Are you confident that the cost of that helicopter was all properly declared?”
Wishart: “Listen, we want national leaders to go to constituencies…”
JoCo: “Yeah but that wasn’t my question. Are you confident it was properly declared?”
Wishart: “There’s always what about if-ery and all this sort of stuff…”
The Nats insist the helicopter was rightly declared as national spend, but the Electoral Commission say that if it was used for any local campaigning – as it was – the cost should be divvied up. The MP who called the cops on the Tories has no answer…
Leave message: Paxman bashes the undemocratic and overly powerful EU.
Remain message: Luvvies love the EU (and its funding).
Cut through: Gove: staying in the EU will add five million to population.
Odds: Remain 2/9 Leave 3/1
Latest poll: Remain 52% (+8), Leave 41% (+1) (ComRes, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 55% (+2), Leave 45% (-2).
The cranky old leftie opted for a political message rather than his customary witty jibe. Yawn…
Hungry googlers looking for something to cook for dinner tend to arrive at the BBC’s food website. It’s the number one search engine result for pretty much any basic recipe, with Jamie Oliver usually in second place. The demise of the Beeb food site means Jamie will likely now become the first result. What does this mean for the diets of families across Britain?
Let’s take one example. The BBC’s BBQ chicken recipe, soon to be deleted from the internet forever, contains a relatively healthy 23g of sugar per serving. Mums will instead soon be offered Jamie’s “best BBQ chicken”, which contains a staggering 45g of sugar per portion, double the amount in the Beeb recipe. That’s 50% of an adult’s recommended daily sugar intake!
Not only has the BBC conveniently chosen to cut the one thing that will make everyone upset about cuts to their funding. We’re also left with Jamie Oliver’s sugar-saturated sickly sweet nosh in their place..
Yesterday, Guido reported that the BBC was running official Remain campaign adverts on its website abroad – targeting expat voters. This is despite the fact it has consistently denied taking pro-EU cash…
A Beeb spokesman gets in touch to confirm they did indeed run the adverts, in “error”:
“This advert appeared outside the UK as the result of a third party error and was blocked as soon as we were alerted to it. We are investigating how this happened and we are taking steps to prevent this happening in the future.”
“Third party” adverts can be filtered to avoid marketing content that is inappropriate for your organisation. Something the BBC clearly didn’t do…
This is what British ex-pats overseas are seeing when they go online at the UK politics page of the BBC News website. The BBC website is – in clear breach of internal guidelines – pushing adverts from the official Remain campaign. The BBC has previously denied being in receipt of pro-EU funds. Here is the evidence in plain digital colour…
Graphic via Peter Thompson/Heat.St
On Friday Guido revealed the BBC had offered Nigel Farage a panel debate with Nicola Sturgeon in front of an under-30 audience in Glasgow. The development this morning is that Nige has rejected this initial proposal and is holding out for a place at the box office Wembley debate on 21 June. Sources familiar with the UKIP leader’s thinking believe he deserves to take part in the main debate and plans to play hardball, refusing to accept anything less than that. They have cheekily offered Diane James for the Glasgow debate instead. It’s understandable why Nige wants Wembley, he will feel his rightful place is at the biggest debate of them all. Though if he doesn’t get it and he refuses the Sturgeon clash he could be left with just a Q&A on ITV. Surely one prime-time BBC One national debate is better than none…
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The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by Guido in the above image. […] Read the rest
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