Saturday 31 January 2015

"The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais"

David Keighley of News-watch has written about how the BBC's pro-immigration bias has long shown itself through "paying disproportionate attention to asylum seeker problems", and especially by "focusing on the bleeding heart cases of those who were trying to obtain asylum". 

As 2015 got underway we detailed an extraordinary burst of pro-immigration BBC reporting in the closing weeks of 2014. From Today to The World Tonight, from Broadcasting House to the BBC News website, there was something of a tidal waves of immigration reports and specials. Each and every one of them included a heavy focus on the sad stories (or 'sob stories', as some might call them) of desperate immigrants seeking to reach our shores. 

As we reach the end of January 2015, on it goes...

The latest BBC News website article on the subject [featured very prominently on the BBC's homepage]  bears the loaded headline The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais

In it, BBC producer Darius Bazargan gives us the heart-tugging stories of several "desperate" illegal immigrants - all of which he recounts as fact (without attempting to verify their stories?). In his account, they all have good reasons to be on our doorstep (which, of course, they very well might). 

And they are all people with skills [implication: the kind of skills we in the UK could benefit from]. There's a "gentle, well-educated" Sudanese engineer called Osman; a statistician from Syria called Mustafa; a video editor from Kabul called Ahmad; and an English teacher from Iran called Hussein. Quality people. No riff-raff. 

They are having a terrible time of it in Calais, after all the terrible times they'd experienced before. Locals shout unfriendly things at them. "Far-right nationalists" are campaigning against them. It's enough to make your heart bleed.

"So what should we do with all of these skilled, desperate people on our own doorstep?", seems to be the unspoken question behind the article. The 'unspoken answer' being implied by Darius Bazargan's piece seems obvious: "We should let them in".

His half-hour documentary about Osman & Co. will be on the BBC News Channel at 9.30 pm tonight. 


  1. How come none of these muslims ever want to seek asylum in another muslim country? Also, if we need their skills, why isn't tax money being spent training our own people;after all there are enough of us already here, born and bred, without any need for any skilled third world immigrants. They'd be more productive staying at home and improving their own countries.

  2. One of the facts of the world that UK reporters never seem to notice is that in some countries you can buy an actual engineering qualification or you can easily purchase one.

  3. Well I don't think it was biased in favour of the migrants at all. The situation in Calais is bad for everyone -- citizens, police, truckers, migrants... there are no winners there.

    Watch the whole film and decide for yourselves

    1. It most certainly was biased as the BBC routiney is. No mention that asylum seekers are required by the UN to apply to the nearest safe country. No mention of the Dublin accord that requires they apply in the first EU country they reach.


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