The anti-Brexit bias of the BBC is daily becoming more evident. The Beeb’s refusal to blame the EU for being intransigent over the Northern Ireland Protocol is clearly a sign. They even still employ a ’European correspondent,’ Katya Adler—what do we need a European correspondent for? Based in Brussels to boot—aren’t things clear enough from this side of the channel? There are many more examples one could cite of this BBC remainer bias, but what’s troubled me a whole lot is their decision to show the old Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico on the Iplayer. Was there any more a subtle denigration of British values than this film, which after all displayed blitzed buildings still standing wrecked even after we won the war? The overwhelming joy of the Pimlicoians (?) when they discover they’re actually Burgundians is telling. As is the callous response of the British establishment, which seeks to starve them into submission, with patrolled barbed wire fences to boot. After all, didn’t the British invent concentration camps? The plucky Pimlicoians briefly survive their isolation through the generosity of ordinary Londoners, who perhaps felt the same way about the establishment as they did about the hordes of free marketers earlier taking advantage of the ‘Burgundian’ unregulated free market (several themes at work here). The film ends with the re-absorption of the ‘aliens’ into the British state after much negotiation—but into a British state which is cold, wet and decidedly unpleasant.
We can expect more of this subtle scheduling from the BBC, seeking to undermine the manifest success of Brexit. Thankfully, Culture Secretary ‘Mad’ Nad Dorries is onto them. And no matter what you actually think of the BBC, wouldn’t it be wise to be worried that even this, our beloved and somewhat flawed national broadcasting institution is going to be messed up by this one time failed Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Tory if she can possibly help it?
Yes, maybe I’m reading too much into the BBC’s scheduling of Passport to Pimlico. But at least I can see the absurdity of it. Brexit that is.
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