Friday 12 June 2015

"We want home, food and medicine as something like this, no?"

Catching up with some of the other charges of bias against the BBC from the past few days (while I've been away smoking my pipe)...

I've seen (on more than one site - and Twitter) quite a few people sounding off about pro-immigration bias on Victoria Derbyshire's weekday TV programme, Victoria Derbyshire. 

(In fact, I was a little surprised at the number of complaints I read about it, given that apparently hardly anyone watches it). 

The offending report came courtesy of someone we've written about here before - BBC reporter Catrin Nye.

We too have accused her of having a pro-immigration bias.

I have to say that I think some of the criticism of this report was unfair. 

It tried to do something a little different: to give voice to the concerns of UK truckers (in this particular case, from Northern Ireland) who are facing a relentlessly appalling situation. 

Calais-based illegal migrants are attempting to enter the UK by hiding in, on or under trucks. And they, the truckers, are compelled by law to try to prevent them from succeeding...which, given that so many of the migrants carry Stanley knives and other weapons, brings considerable risks to their own well-being.

It's an absurd and dangerous situation, and British truck drivers should not be being put in that position. (It's a "something must be done" situation.)

The charges of bias arise from what Catrin Nye said to some of the truckers about the migrants:
Do you think if you were fleeing war you would do ANYTHING to get to safety, you'd do anything to protect your family. That's what they're doing.
Now that, of course, is one of the key questions here: Are these people genuine refugees or merely economic migrants? Catrin's assertion that they were "fleeing war" is nothing but an assertion. How does she know that they're "fleeing war"?

I think the problem can also be highlighted by the scene where she talked to some of the would-be illegal immigrants to Britain.

Passing over the potentially emotive way the camera lingered on a man on crutches...

One of Catrin's interviewees was called Talal Altayeb. He seemed a likeable chap and spoke decent English, and it was hard not to wish him well.

He then explained why he wanted to come to the UK: 
We want home, food and medicine as something like this, no?
There was no mention of war or persecution from Talal, only the reasons of an economic migrant. 

Yet how did the Victoria Derbyshire Show caption him?:
Talal Altayeb, asylum seeker 

Also, Catrin quite often put an emotive line of questioning to the trucker at the heart of her report:
Are you sad seeing them?
But this must show you, this must illustrate perfectly the desperation. Is there any part of you that thinks, 'That's quite impressive actually, that someone would go to that length just to find safety?'
I suppose such questions are reasonable ones to ask, but...

...that question implying that all of those would-be illegal immigrants to the UK are fleeing war and that caption describing someone, who seemed (from his own words) to be essentially an economic migrant, as an "asylum seeker" really do raise doubts about the impartiality of this report, don't they?


  1. "Do you think if you were fleeing war you would do ANYTHING to get to safety, you'd do anything to protect your family. That's what they're doing"

    But they have got to a place of safety, Catrin. It's called France..

  2. They're simply seeking asylum from living in a crappy country without a welfare state. They can't say it out loud, so the BBC tells lies instead. The problem is that 'Open Borders' luvvies at the BBC will say wanting to live in a better country is good enough, they have a human right to it or whatever. They really want open borders and are too ideologically blinded to grasp the reality of what that means.

  3. A country I know well, Singapore, is confronting the pains of juggling economic growth with population supply to feed it, and where once it was on top of it is now suffering.

    It's an interesting test crucible, especially having such a finite area and clear borders. I very much doubt anyone comes in or goes out via the Causeway, Changi or ferry terminals without the authorities knowing precisely who they are. There is opportunity to overstay as a tourist, but they are tough on those who do.

    That is not stopping tensions bubbling up now, which is a pity as they have juggled Nation over race or faith well until now. But I see a lot of backlash against ethnic Malays or imported 'PRCs' (ethnic Chinese) emerging. Enough to make a BBC World News Facebook page look tame.

    Speaking of which I see JonDon is working his magic in Australia, or trying to, and failing miserably attempting to pull a 'BBC speaks for the nation' projecting his little bubble on the rest of the country currently serving as host to his nasty little version of agitprop.

    As with Catrin, he and the rest simply can't appear to grasp consequences.

    This country and Australia and others have well developed social systems which, though imperfect, do serve need.

    However, if the whole thing is opened to unrestricted access to the world and their dog (I saw a story about how a Med boat person did get his pooch in too) it will soon collapse, especially on the basis that income generators support benefits addicts egged on by members of the 'Bbc Ark'.

    Just because a person wants something need not mean they automatically get it, or others are forced to hand it to them.

    Unless it is the BBC Licence fee, which may explain if not excuse their mindset.


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