Did the BBC underplay the latest immigration figures, which show UK population growth rising sharply after record migration levels, increasing by 538,000 in just one year and taking our country's population to 65,648,000?
Well, one way to judge that question is to see how much time was devoted to the issue on the main BBC One news bulletins.
BBC One's News at Six gave it 28 seconds (midway through the bulletin), reporting it in this way:
The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years. The Office for National Statistics says from June 2015 to June 2016 the population rose by 538,000 people. That takes the total estimated population of the UK to more than 65.6 million. It's thought the change has been driven by immigration but also more births and fewer deaths.
BBC One's News at Ten gave it 26 seconds (close to the end of the bulletin), reporting it in this way:
The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years. The Office for National Statistics says from June 2015 to June 2016 the population rose by 538,000 people and that takes the total estimated population of the UK to more than 65.6 million. It's thought the change has been driven by immigration, but also by more births and fewer deaths.
And that was it for both bulletins.
So the news was reported but not dwelt on.
The language used there - "It's thought the change has been driven by immigration but also more births and fewer deaths" - was echoed in Shaun Ley's run-through of the newspaper headlines on the BBC News Channel last night. Coming to the Daily Express's headline 'MIGRANT NUMBERS ROCKET' Shaun said, "The Daily Express argues mass immigration has contributed to the sharpest rise in the UK population in 70 years."
That's all very tentative. The ONS, however, doesn't sound very tentative at all:
Net international migration remains the largest component of population change.
Overall, natural change accounted for 35.8 per cent of the population change, net international migration for 62.4 per cent and other changes 1.8 per cent.
There are many things the BBC has learned.ReplyDelete
Filtering news that does not suit is quite high on the list.
Excellent point. This is simply CYA journalism, absolutely minimal coverage of what is arguably the most important single issue facing this country. No one can now complain that the BBC "ignored" the story.ReplyDelete
It's noticeable that - contrary to the way they record lots of other stories - there is no room for critics of current policy. No one allowed to argue for instance that mass immigration is destabilising the country or putting our public services under unbearable pressure.
Or destroying the countryside (all that house-building that all political parties go on about), raising prices or depressing wages... It's as though they've never heard of supply and demand.ReplyDelete
It's quite the conundrum for the BBC. Will hyping the continual rapid rise in immigration hurt the @$%^ing Tories, or will it give permission for prejudice?ReplyDelete
The reason the BBC and others on the left can't come to terms with the population increase is that it blows all other leftist policies out of the door. If our population is increased by this amount, we'll need to concrete over the countryside to build a new city the size of Bristol every year, we'll need to tarmac the countryside for new roads to move everyone around to their jobs (building new cities and roads). Then we'll have to increase the basic rate of income tax (the only reliable way of raising revenue for the exchequer) to pay for it all. We'll all live longer so we'll all have to work longer etc. ect. How is Corbyn, the green and the other left-wing and liberal elite going to sell this to the people, there is only one way, by ignoring it.ReplyDelete
And of course the migrant influx is behind the increasing birth rate too.ReplyDelete