Monday 27 August 2018


Waking up to a wind bank holiday morning and checking the BBC News website, their second story today (first thing) is:

Neither Sky News nor ITV News have this story at all. And when you click into it it's a very strange BBC report indeed. It begins: 

Parts of that - and bits of several later paragraphs - read as being lifted from a People's Vote press release.

Who leaked this memo? Well, reading on, it turns out that it's an internal People's Vote memo. So, presumably, it was someone within the People's Vote campaign who leaked it. 

The BBC report goes on:

So to what end was the memo leaked? Well, it can hardly be to damage the People's Vote campaign, given that this BBC report can only help get their message across, puts it across in language that echoes their own, features no criticism of their actions whatsoever, and is written in such a way that it might very well appeal to the campaigners' target audience here: Corbyn supporters. So, presumably, the leak was to advance the cause of the People's Vote campaign. 

And why then is the BBC making this non-story - a leak from the People's Vote campaign helpful to People's Vote campaign - its second story today? Was it to to advance the cause of the People's Vote campaign too?

Unless I'm badly missing something, this seems like an incredible editorial decision by the BBC. Why are they brazenly gifting the People's Vote campaign here?

P.S. A very benign-looking Jeremy Corbyn is the chosen image to illustrate the story:

P.P.S. I agree with this comment at Biased BBC:

R4 Today opening news item:
“A leaked memo shows the People’s Vote campaign is seeking to change Labour policy on a second referendum. It is not an attempt to dislodge the incumbent Labour leadership.” (I paraphrase).
I strongly suspect that the memo’s author – former Labour spinner Tom Baldwin – himself “leaked” the memo directly to his buddies at Al Beeb.
In what sense is this news? The campaign in question seeks to influence the policy of Labour and other political parties consistent with its objective of getting a second referendum – duh, what else would it be doing?
Baldwin has recently written a book (also covered by Al Beeb) about the evils of paid political advertising on social media, which he thinks should be banned.
But he’s got no problem with his buddies at Al Beeb advertising his “People’s Vote” wheeze at the licence payer’s expense.
It’s fake leaks, folks.


  1. It was the first headline on R4 7 am and 8 am news! I also clocked the reporter referring to calls for a “Fresh” vote. Yes of course nice and fresh.

  2. "Fresh and crash" or "Crash and fresh" - could be a description of the BBC reporting on Brexit.

    After every Conservative victory in a General Election comes the call from the Far Left to "kick out the Tories", with plans being laid for strikes, demonstrations, riots, social media campaigns and parliamentary interventions designed to split the Conservative camp. What the People's Vote are trying to do - overturn a democratic decision of the people - is no different to the Far Left's attempts to overthrow democratically elected governments. But the People's Vote gets treated by the BBC as perfectly legitimate.

  3. This is a move by the BBC to rebrand Jeremy Corbyn before the conference season, when he will inevitably be seen surrounded by red - singing 'keep the red flag flying'. The People's Vote is a strategy to undermine Brexit and destroy the perilously weakened Conservative negotiating position. I guess the hope is that JC will become a cult figure who has risen above the train crash of Brexit.

    1. I agree with Terry's comment in the Venezuela topic. ... 'I am now convinced that the BBC is preparing us for a Corbyn government' ...

  4. The BBC have pushed this hard all day and are now doing so on BBC One
    10 o'clock news as a main story.

  5. Has the apprentice been left minding the shop over the Bank Holiday? Or is it simply a cynical attempt by a lazy hack to get a bit of opportunistic propaganda in while everyone is away? That's not journalism. It's no different from handing out a campaign leaflet.

    No great surprise it turns out to be that same Baldwin I read a scathing book review about recently:

    "Step forward Tom Baldwin, sporting his mysteriously titled exegetical tome. As both a former Labour spinmeister and sometime politics hack, he’s been in the thick of it. And to aid his analysis, he’s sought counsel from such luminaries of his elite metropolitan world as Tony Blair, Michael Gove, Lord Mandelson and Andrew Marr."


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