BBC phalanx leads second anti-Brexit charge


BBC phalanx leads second anti-Brexit charge

Peter Divey believes we are witnessing a ‘second push’ on behalf of the pro-remain campaign to destabilise the Brexit process. The charge is led by a phalanx of sympathetic media, of whom the BBC is chief.  

The anti-Brexit push appears to have taken on a second wind. Reports in the British press and across broadcast media point to a coordinated campaign by the pro-remain lobby to have another concerted push to undermine the referendum result. MP’s are increasingly open about voting down not just aspects of the Brexit process, but the entire idea. The people want parliamentary sovereignty so let’s give it to them, regardless of their expressed view. We know better. Speaker Bercow more or less intimated recently that the House should vote Brexit down. He was clever about it but it was obvious what his agenda was. Block, stall, tweak, discuss and amend until the end of time. Brexit must be made moot one way or another. Brexit voters are generally older so Cable would disenfranchise the elderly completely. Clegg is pulling in supporters like Branson who say wait for Brexit voters to die and then vote again. Lovely. Tory voters are rightly concerned about the implementation of Brexit but across both Houses representatives of all parties are finding justification for re-interpreting the referendum result. The political class overall, bolstered by the civil service, are trying to undo a referendum result that they didn’t expect. Or wish to accept. Both Labour and the Conservatives ran on a manifesto of fully implementing Brexit. One has already taken a different path, and the other seems to lack the conviction, even if it hasn’t yet strayed off the path. It is stationary on the verge looking back.

The BBC denied political bias when 70 MPs wrote a letter complaining about remain favouritism even when faced with statistical evidence. We do not agree, we will not change, move on the BBC said. The BBC have changed though. There bias is now even worse. I am no longer able to watch Question Time, an institution that has collapsed so completely as to be nothing more than a pro-Europe propaganda tool. Radio 4’s once lauded Today programme has long since given up on serious political reporting. It is trying to capture a new audience, no matter if their credibility or balance is lost. All across the BBC the anti-Brexit stance is obvious and consistent. Any news from anywhere that supports this point of view is highlighted with zeal. Contrary opinion is minimised and suppressed or not even reported at all. The BBC are worst but the other TV, radio and associated digital media are on point.

If Brexit voters do not die off quickly enough time and stubborn resistance will grind people down. Frustration, boredom and a sense of futility will lead to apathy and resignation. Regular injections of “Project Fear” re-born will do it. Already it is being reported that the British populous are falling out of love with Brexit. Fearful, fed-up and regretful. No one is countering this narrative, but it is difficult when the media won’t allow it. Rabobank, the Dutch group, recently published a report that a No-Deal Brexit would lead to an immediate UK recession and a massive collapse in “potential” GDP of 18 per cent by 2030. This was energetically fallen upon by the UK media, ITV News stating that this of course meant that no responsible PM could allow such damage to Britain. Pay up, yield, fold, the only sensible pragmatic answer. The report was not challenged. There were other similar reports from august European bodies all saying the same thing but the Rabobank report was selected because it was the most dramatic and damaging to the UK prospects with its conclusions.

From every direction comes this renewed fusillade. The “independent” Office for National Statistics has “lost” £500 billion pounds. Half a trillion quid, 24 per cent of UK GDP.  Are they totally incompetent or just enjoying stirring the Brexit pot? The timing of this revelation is suspicious and comes atop of recent news that productivity has also been overestimated and wiped further billions from Hammond’s budget pot. How can you possibly Brexit if you are a economic basket case? The day after no-deal aircraft will no longer fly and Britons will starve to death because food will be unavailable or unaffordable. It is no wonder some are wavering.

You can however take a different view. The prospect of a genuine no deal has alarmed the EU who have turned up the propaganda wick utilising allies here and abroad. The UK has not yet fully wilted even though too much has already been yielded. Brexit will take longer than anyone thought says Juncker. That is code for further extending transition with the associated big payments. The EU is determined to get the money one way or another. Just now there is lots of heat, noise and light. It is not a dead cat bounce but i wonder if this new invigorated attack is indicative of a realisation that Brexit may occur without the £100 billion that the Commission had reassured the 27 would arrive in lieu. The EU has other issues just now. Austria has moved right politically, the announced death of “populism” somewhat premature. Merkel is struggling to form a coalition and there has even been talk of another election. The V4 Group are agitating. Eurozone indebtedness and banking liabilities rumble on and talk of dialling back QE by the ECB is paused once more as attempts to create “inflation” need another shove. Macron’s reforms are fighting strong headwinds in France and the EU. Italian elections may upset the apple cart further. The entire EU project needs careful handling right now. No deal is better than a bad deal. In a recent poll 74 per cent preferred a no deal. This was of course sparsely reported. Perhaps this new scintilla of fortitude is the cause of this desperate cry from Team Europe? A hint of panic methinks.

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  • Peter Divey
    Peter Divey
    Peter Divey's dormant interest in British and American politics has been reawakened by last year's Brexit referendum result and Trump's ascendency to the White House. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess and has a growing collection of vintage wrist watches.
    • Hampsteadpinko

      Democracy betrayed.

    • Nev

      Bizarre. Most people I know see The Today Programme as firmly supporting moves to Leave, albeit frustrated by the progress being made.

    • malcolm scott

      the pro European project media are taking to 26%.fine.i used to listen to the bleating pro gang but just switch off the radio now( i have long given up on tv news) and listen to the stranglers greatest hits.

    • Andrew Mitchell

      We don’t need the government to go after the BBC to end their life long rip off of the British people, we can force it, there is a law in this country that states “no person can be forced into financially supporting any organisation if that organisation holds and promotes a political agenda they may not support.” It was brought in by Thatcher to end the unions operating a “closed shop”, about 4 or 5 years ago I had a knock at my door and it was a BBC licencing guy, when I told him that I didn’t have a TV licence and I wouldn’t be getting one either, he said I could end up in court, however he wrote down my reason for not having a licence (exactly as I said above) and to this day I haven’t heard a word from the BBC or their licencing people, that’s just me doing it on my own, can you imagine what the response would be if hundreds or even thousands of people all refused to buy a licence and stated the exact same reason? There’s more than one way to skin a cat, I’m willing to take this kind of thing on, what about you? Rather than pissing and moaning about their constant anti UK and anti Brexit bias, do something to fight back!

    • Mojo

      I believe this ratcheting up of Project Fear will actually backfire big time. The sensible folk of the UK had to put up with Remainer bile and vim all through the referendum and yet still made the choice to Leave. This time most are far more cynical of the EU and indeed the Remainers. I might add that we are constantly told the Leavers are dying off. The pictures of Remainers actually show a much older group of what seems to be academics and luvvies, whereas many pictures of Leavers show a healthy mix of age groups.

      I truly think the Leavers are growing more and more frustrated. We are up against a truly nasty media, many politicians who just do not want to embrace democracy and a civil service put in place by the Blair regime who truly expected the UK to embrace the euro and federalism within a generation. By the time 2019 arrives I think we will find a country so at odds with London and Westminster that politics will be turned inside out. The future belongs to the Brexiteers and those in government who realise this will survive. Those who do not will be consigned to history. I just hope they don’t end up humiliating themselves like Hillary Clinton has just done.

    • k9patriot

      “Already it is being reported that the British populous are falling out of love with Brexit.” Those reports are utterly false. As stated at the end of the article, 74% want a no deal Brexit more than they want to remain in the EU. Brexiteers are hardening their belief and are not going to ever give up on obtaining that which a majority peacefully voted for.

      The blatant undermining of democracy by remainers is very very dangerous for this country. If a clear majority of those who vote cannot effect change that they positively voted for at the ballot box, what is the point of democracy anymore? More to the point, how can a majority ever effect change in defence of our nation, our traditions and our culture ever again? Once the ballot box is removed from the majority as an agent of peaceful change, the only alternative is violent, bloody change. Remainers are seriously flirting with civil war. There are millions who will defend these Isles from foreign domination. We prefer to do it peacefully, but if the peaceful path is removed by remainers, then violence is the only other alternative.

      • Malcolm Marchesi

        I agree wholeheartedly with you and congratulate you for an accurate description of several aspects of this whole matter . The danger to democracy is very real and we ignore it at our peril .

      • Mojo

        I have just listened to an extremely good discussion on RT with Peter Lavelle and an historian from Cambridge University, a head of Business in the Russian government and a political analyst from New York. They all commented on the danger that Remainers in UK were creating. They likened it to the 90s in Russia when so many were against that country striking out on a new future. How they tried to destroy the many. They also said that USA and Europe need to think very carefully of the anger the liberals are trying to suppress in the ‘populists’ as it never ends well. It was very informative bearing in mind Russia is now trading more with Asia than with their natural partners. Russia is also the most conservative and Christian country in Europe and religion is growing. Mr Putin is a very popular leader who is trusted. They truly cannot understand why EU, UK and USA are so liberal as it is known to destroy nations and cultures. They foresee a huge bloodbath within 15 years.

    • lizmilton

      Worth reading “Down the memory hole goes the truth” …

      It reveals that most politicians and journalists are “ bought”…

      There’s a disturbing article today on…

      “How Brexit was engineered by foreign billionaires to bring about economic chaos- for profit.”

      And balance that with the documentary evidence on

      That the EEC/Eu was set up in 1941 for complete German domination of Europe……

    • Same old same old from the Remainstream. What gets me is that if people didn’t buy it 16 months ago, what makes them think we will now?

    • Androsupial

      Peter, change your spellchecker. ‘Their’, not ‘there’ – and as the BBC is one organisation it should be ‘its’; and ‘populace’, not ‘populous’ … you blunt your message if it’s incoherent. In the meantime I hope that Boris’s department is sending out cunning plotters in capes (or smoking jackets) to chat to the Catalan government and EU-dissenting administrations in E. Europe with a view to unbalancing the EU and promoting a Brexit outcome. And I am sure (?) that Dr Fox’s department is already negotiating ‘off the books’ around the world so that the UK can sign trade deals in April 2019.

      • brownowl

        A spellchecker wouldn’t have picked those up, just as it didn’t pick up “stationery” when the author meant “stationary”. I find a read-through or two before publishing works wonders…

      • Peter Divey

        Thank you, must try harder!

    • Debs

      The more they push ,the more we dig in. Dont they understand? What they are doing is counter productive.I don’t watch BBC or Sky news like many others. Its not news ,its opinion and conjecture.We are leaving.The BBC should be taken apart and sold off and the cash returned to tax payers.

    • SeeYouAnon

      I don’t watch any BBC or Sky output at all. It’s laughable.

      I used to but stopped years ago, because the material was pathetic even then.

      Who does still bother with them? I bet almost no one under 35 ever switches on any tv news or political output. They are preaching to an ever diminishing audience in this country.

    • David

      There’s no point people complaining here or elsewhere that the BBC is biased (a) because the BBC just ignores all criticism and (b) politicians, especially Conservative ones, are frightened of the BBC. The BBC has a massive and undeserved influence on our politics, and also enjoys a reputation abroad that it doesn’t have at home. An opportunity was missed when Cameron was PM to take a serious look at the BBC – what its reach should be, how funded etc. and it was flunked; the BBC was given another 7 or more years without any scrutiny and a guaranteed income to carry on with its left of centre political stance.

      • John Standley

        I suspect that Cameron and Osborne went easy on the BBC because they needed their ‘help’ with the referendum.

      • Budgie

        David, Indeed there is no point people complaining about, or even to, the BBC. The BBC is always right in its own view. Only money talks. Don’t pay the TV Tax – save money, hit the BBC in its pocket, and no need to watch the BBC.

    • Jingleballix

      A number of things spring to mind.

      1. No clean Brexit…….my vote will never go to the Tories again

      2. I will contemplate leaving the UK, and taking my not insubstantial wealth with me

      3. The BBC can go whistle for my TV licence fee

      • Mojo

        Asia will be the place to go. or Russia. Many Germans are now heading to Russia

      • Helen Smith

        Definitely the last one, I can see 17.4m people saying that! Re your first point bad as some of the Tories are there are a substantial number trying to get us out, there are only a handful of Labour MPs and no Lib Dems honouring the result.

      • lizmilton

        Then choose carefully where you go…Australia, NewZealand, Canada are all going down the same route our politicians are forcing on us with regard to immigration…

    • brownowl

      Did nobody proof-read this? It’s verging on the illiterate! The message, which is fair enough, is totally lost in the fact that it’s so hard to read and littered with spelling and grammatical errors.

      It’s just not good enough, folks.

      • lizmilton

        And shorter paragraphs would be much easier to read…

        3-4 lines are about right for websites 🙂

        • brownowl

          Quite. And the author. Seems to have decided. That shorter. Sentences are good (but to be very sparing with commas).

    • The Banana

      In the internet age there’s simply no reason to buy a TV license or watch broadcast television. Media has been in a state of flux since the internet hoved into view, and this will continue.

      • SeeYouAnon

        Yes exactly. They are just wasting resources preaching to a tiny audience. Most of whom, I suspect, disagree with them.

    • StellaJ

      So many people are admitting they can no longer watch broadcast news and current affairs. “It’s not news, it’s just comment and gloom-mongering.” Off. Many of these are people who voted Remain, by the way, but are profoundly uncomfortable about the way democracy is being trashed, and the country talked down. Decent, ordinary people who don’t often see a reflection of their (pretty moderate) views.
      There is a huge disconnect, and the media and politicians had better wake up to it soon.

      • ethanedwards2002

        How is democracy being trashed (Remain). Didn’t they get out and vote then? Whose fault is that?
        I would have said that the Referendum was a rebirth of representative democracy in this country.
        We had a fair vote, every possible point of view was discussed at great length. The registering to vote period was nicely Gerrymandered. The Elite’s bias was pandered to at great length by a supine media. The Government printed and delivered a leaflet to the people telling us which way to vote.
        And we said ‘on yer bike’.
        I would have said that’s the finest example of people power ever.

        • Andrew Mitchell

          You should read it again, she’s not saying democracy is being trashed for those who voted remain, she’s saying democracy is being trashed now by the likes of the BBC and Channel 4 news plus the rest of the anti Brexit, now anti Britain, media, when someone is on say the daily politics show and they support Brexit, the interviewers constantly interrupt them not allowing them to explain their point of view, plus you’ve got the BBC, Chnl 4 and Sky news all in total support of the EU and against Brexit, their no longer even trying to be unbiased, which means their trashing our democracy by silencing those not singing from their song sheet, that’s what she is talking about. The part about remainers is that she’s saying even though they voted remain, they now want the government to get on with Brexit and their supporting the UKs side, but even their being silenced….

          • StellaJ

            Quite so! Thank you.

        • Mojo

          You are quite correct. However, the true fight has been since the referendum with a constant barrage of bile. Why the government does nothing about the BBC is beyond me. It seems that Brexiteers are an overwhelmingly tiny band of people in Westminster and London seems to hate the rest of the country. It is an uphill struggle when no media outlet is prepared to impartially hold discussions and interviews. Where on earth do Leavers go to spread the good news. Most of us are far better informed than any Remainer simply because we have to actively search out information. However, it is an utter disgrace to hear politicians spouting of in support of the EU when we can all see the problems they have.

          • StellaJ

            “However, it is an utter disgrace to hear politicians spouting of in support of the EU when we can all see the problems they have.”
            Exactly! Most normal people hear all that, and think “Wha-a-t?” We can see and hear that the EU is a mass of illogicalities and dangers, but our media and too many politicians seem to have some kind of skewed understanding (or agenda) that defies common sense.
            Years ago, we used to laugh about Pravda, and understood that people behind the Iron Curtain knew the truth about the tractor figures and had to pretend to believe them. There are too many uncomfortable echoes of that in the here and now.

        • lizmilton

          You might care to read

          “UK Parliament comes to an effective end”

          And remember the sovereignty of Parliament only became important to certain people after the Referendum result was known…

          Plus, check out the key objectives of UN Agenda 21 on

          “An end to national Parliaments
          An end to western democracy….etc”

          Many of these objectives are the same as the EU…

          If you read their free ebook, you will see the plans for a Marxist state, aided and abetted by people such as Cameron and Osborne with the “Big Society “ And Common Purpose…see

        • StellaJ

          I think we’re on the same side. My point was that whichever way people voted in the referendum, most of them recognise that the democratic result has to be implemented. The unseemly scrabble to scupper Brexit by the media and its propagandists is turning many off, even those who voted Remain. The antics of the BBC, in particular, have caused a mass of scales to fall from eyes.
          Helped along by the breathtaking arrogance and intransigence of Juncker, Barnier and the EU gang towards the UK, of course. If the EU’s true attitude towards the UK taxpayers had been obscured before, it is right out on show now, for all to see.

    • AlfTupperDarlin

      Surely time to scrap the license fee? We are paying for propaganda.

      • Mojo

        Watch RT instead. Far more informative

      • Budgie

        Don’t pay it. You won’t have to watch the BBC then – a win-win.

    • Nockian

      The BBC still think they are relevant. Fading day by day. They are no longer the reference and even those that once thought so now see it. Blimey, even the left think they are biased.

    • Landphil

      The DP with Jo Coburn has also become unwatchable – she harried and constantly interrupted John Redwood recently who was trying to explain to this dim labour luvvie what WTO trading actually means in the event of ‘no deal’. He couldn’t say three words without her jumping in, puffing her fat cheeds and rolling her eyes. Only Brillo now on the Wednesday DP is worth seeing for sensible and balanced discussion.

      • Helen Smith

        Frustrating wasn’t it! She is always very aggressive with him.

      • wolfhound

        I don’t understand why people don’t just tell her to shut up and let them answer. She’s typical of all the other BBC harridans like Wark, Maitlis etc.

    • Weygand

      Today has become unbearable. A whole host of smug know-all presenters who lecture rather than interview. Any guest who supports their cause they simply echo and anyone who doesn’t is constantly interrupted, shamed and stigmatised.
      Analysis and debate has been replaced by proseltysing group think.
      The BBC does not seem to understand that its approach only serves to strengthen the dynamics which produced the Leave vote and which we see echoed in elections in USA, France, Germany and Austria. The UK will leave the EU or there will be a political crisis which will be far more damaging socially and economically than the terms of any Brexit.

      • Jim Prong

        If the will of the people is going to be subverted by the media and the establishment, I’m going to buy a tumbril, and it’ll be a great one, with plenty of room for anti democratic traitors. Pitchforks at the ready citizens.

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