On last night's BBC News at Ten, Huw Edwards could have introduced the Brexit segment like this:
The House of Commons has started to take a detailed look at the legislation designed to take Britain out of the European Union. The EU Withdrawal Bill will end the primacy of European law, but MPs have tabled some 500 amendments, including one which opposes setting a date in law for Britain's departure.
Instead he introduced it like this:
The House of Commons has started to take a detailed look at the controversial legislation designed to take Britain out of the European Union. The EU Withdrawal Bill will end the primacy of European law, but MPs have tabled some 500 amendments, including one which opposes setting a date in law for Britain's departure.
Not just Huw ... the R4 6pm News headlines also used the word controversial to describe the legislation. Beeb is at least consistently anti-Brexit!ReplyDelete
It would be controversial if they didn't use the word controversial. The guys at Cardiff Uni would immediately pick up on that - marking down the BBC as pro-Brexit as a result. :)Delete
A search for controversial on the news site brings up President Trump and Spain's new football kit.ReplyDelete
On the main point how often is government legislation not controversial?
Good game...what else does the BBC consider "controversial" - well the Australian Government's policty of towards undocumented asylum seekers (taking them off to a remote island and processing them...er - seems to have been completely successful in stopping the flow). What a surprise! :) And the duly elected democratically elected government of Poland - they're controversial. So far I haven't see any reference to the Venezualan government's policies being "controversial" or the Chinese government's asylum seeker policy being "controversial".Delete
Or they could have said "which is considered controversial by Keith Starmer, Anna Soubry, Dominic Grieve and all BBC staff past, present and future".ReplyDelete
I LOVE the idea of that weasle being called Keith :-)Delete
Sorry - my mistake! Keir...as in HardieDelete
This in complement I believe, to the ever impartial blonde bombshell Laura apparently 'analysing' Brexit still on the basis it can always be reversed.ReplyDelete
It's like the voices in BBC heads are only those of the BBC.
This is how the BBC operates. Just a word inserted here and there - seemingly innocuous. A journalist adds his own opinion (or rather BBC groupthink) to what should be a straightforward piece of reporting. It’s the amateur surreptitiousness of it that makes it so objectionable. What is it about BBC journalists that makes them come across like a bunch of stroppy six formers?ReplyDelete
Hang on ! A BILL to end the primacy of EU law in the UK, being passed through Parliament ! And this is NOT controversial !ReplyDelete
Where did madness come from ?
Surely we should have had a referendum or election or something before such legislation was considered ?