Saturday 24 February 2018

Denis MacShane gives a BBC programme the thumbs-up

Readers may recall the former Labour Europe minister Denis MacShane

He was always - and remains - a strong Europhile, and has a book out now called "Brexit, No Exit. How (in the End) Britain Won't Leave Europe". 

Well, he's one of that minority of a minority of a minority (like Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell) who thinks, or pretends to think, that the BBC is pro-Brexit. 

He rather gave their real game away though as far as such criticisms are concerned when he said a couple of days ago, "The complacency of the London pol-media-biz establishment esp BBC that referendum couldn't be lost was remarkable". 

He wants the BBC to stop being "complacent" and become even more engaged in the fight against Brexit.

Denis is, of course, never able to disguise his pleasure when a BBC programme does exactly what he wants the BBC to do. He's long been a fan of Mark Mardell and his The World Thjs Weekend, for example and, Chris Morris's Radio 4 series Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed has proved to be another  such programme:

Having heard Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed I can well guess why Denis MacShane enjoyed it so much. Denis MacShane could pretty much have written it himself.


  1. Chris Morris's cheeky chappy persona does not disguise his Brexit bias. The irony is that Morris's specific brief from the BBC is not to make us LESS perplexed, but to make us MORE perplexed by raising 101 potential risk issues and making them each sound as complicated as possible. The aim is to cause anxiety and dismay. The fact that he can whistle a tune as well, is simply camouflage to disguise the serious Remainer purpose.

  2. It’s interesting that a Brexiteer is a BBC approved term where as Remoaner is not, certainly not to my ears, has anybody surveyed its use?


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