Where is the impartiality?

On the BBC's News at Six on June 2 there was perhaps one of the most blatant examples of the total lack of BBC 'impartiality' yet aired, when it comes to the coverage of the EU referendum.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 8:33 am
Updated Friday, 17th June 2016, 9:38 am

It is an example so outrageous, even by BBC standards, that UKIP MEP Patrick O’ Flynn (former political editor of the Daily Express) has lodged a formal complaint with the corporation.

On this news bulletin, there was a piece by Emma Simpson on the likely effects on food prices if we left the EU.

Miss Simpson, in what I consider to be her extraordinarily biased report, concluded that prices would rise (surprise, surprise).

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However she completely neglected to mention the fact that food prices are made and kept artificially high by the EU.

It is a customs union which imposes tariffs as barriers to trade on non-EU countries.

We were then regaled by Professor Catherine Barnard, introduced as an “impartial” expert, who predicted we would be worse off in food prices by an EU exit.

Let me inform you all just how “impartial” Prof Barnard is.

She is a Jean Monnet chair of EU law and, as such, has a vested interest in the remain campaign.

Jean Monnet was, of course, one of the founding fathers of what is now the European Union.

The Monnet Institute sponsors these chairs in EU law and politics in most major universities in the UK.

So, quite clearly, Prof Barnard is not impartial, and the BBC is in breach of its charter by presenting her as such.

Indeed, even the European Commission itself is on record as saying: “... the Jean Monnet Chairs’ form a powerful network of ‘credible’ ambassadors for European integration”.

For years the BBC has allowed its once proud charter to “inform, educate and entertain” to be trashed by the preponderance of left wing bias in its news and current affairs departments.

This once trustworthy and impartial institution can sadly no longer claim this to be the case.

To allow the corporation to mislead the public on an issue of this magnitude must be challenged.

Dave Pascoe,

Press Secretary,

UKIP, Hartlepool branch,

Dunbar Road,