The Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford tells us that, “The BBC is by far the most widely used source of news in the UK both online and offline, and it is one of the most highly trusted sources of news.” It has a duty of ‘impartiality’ enshrined within its charter. Yet, whilst it has willingly given a platform to Nigel Farage, its coverage of anything remotely left of centre is almost non-existent.

Look up Green Party on the BBC website and there is not a single mention of them since the election was announced.

The Workers Party fares little better. It has had two features since the election was announced two weeks ago.

Nigel Farage, on the other hand, has been featured on the Six O’Clock News, PM, Today, The World Tonight and in numerous articles. It is as if the BBC wants you to pay attention to Farage but does not want you to even register the existence of parties they consider left-wing.

Farage has stood for the UK parliament on seven occasions. Each time the electorate have rejected him. Yet, despite this, he is the non-parliamentarian who has been invited on Question Time more than any other. His most recent appearance was last week. He has racked up a total of 36 appearances since 2010. 

Some clue as to why the left are being frozen out might be found in the current leadership of the organisation. Tim Davie, the Director General, was a former Conservative candidate. Deputy Director Damon Buffini’s qualifications include being a management consultant. 

The board is selected by the government, and since 2017 the entire board has been remade in the government’s image. According to former Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, writing in Prospect Magazine, the role of arbiter of impartiality falls to one Robbie Gibb, currently owner of the Jewish Chronicle. Gibb was until 2019 the official Downing Street spokesman for Theresa May’s Tory government.

Rusbridger goes on to show what impartiality means to somebody like Robbie Gibb: “The BBC has been culturally captured by the woke-dominated group think of some of its own staff,” he wrote in the Telegraph shortly before being “groomed” (the Telegraph’s word) for the board. “There is a default Left-leaning attitude… Once the gold standard of impartial, fair and accurate news, BBC journalists are increasingly letting their political preferences show.” 

So now, as the UK goes about the business of electing their next government, it appears that being impartial means being “anti-woke”. And being “anti-woke” means being anti-left. This is not democratic and it means that, whilst a credible alternative viewpoint is crushed under the wheels of corporate censorship, a populist such as Farage can gain traction through his every move and utterance being accorded a reverence that is in inverse proportion to the amount of truth that he manages to utter.

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