Once upon a time the publicly-funded BBC was the envy of the world. Now, it’s become a joke and a disgrace… certainly the News & Current Affairs side of it. They should be ashamed. Not only are they air-brushing UKIP out of the news but hitting the voters with a torrent of increasingly bizarre Project Fear stories about Brexit.
In January they announced: “Jaguar/Land Rover lays off staff because of Brexit”. But really it was because their Chinese market had slumped by 50%, and also JLR had invested £-millions in a new diesel-engine plant in Wales… when sales were collapsing worldwide thanks to VW fiddling their diesel emissions and EU Governments threatening tax-hikes on diesel because of the smog they were pumping out. Nothing to do with Brexit.
On BBC Radio 4’s TODAY programme, John Humphreys recently announced: “Housing Market in London 3% down, thanks to Brexit”. But when he interviewed two Housing experts they both told him it was “nothing to do with Brexit” but with Austerity measures, low wages, and low productivity figures.
24 hours later, he was at it again: “Insurance premiums set to rocket, thanks to Brexit!” he announced. (Motoring experts then shot that one down, explaining it was really connected with changes in the law relating to whip-lash claims).
The next day BBC News 24 got into the act, announcing in doom-laden tones: “Medicines in short supply… Brexit factor blamed”… only for two separate spokespeople from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (who had released the original report) to pop up, saying: “It’s not Brexit. It’s because drug companies are selling their pills to the highest bidder, and the NHS isn’t bidding high enough.”
The TODAY programme then went up a gear: “Children’s mental health endangered by Brexit”, followed by: “Head of Crime Unit warns of mass crime wave if No Deal Brexit” and the icing on the cake: “Brittany Ferries Passengers prevented from booking in April because of Brexit preparations.”
And what happened next? Brittany Ferries refuted it: "The company would like to make clear that passengers can book crossings to France and Spain, and sail-and-stay holidays as normal. There is absolutely no truth in speculation that passengers are being advised not to book because all space has been allocated to freight."
A few days ago Honda announced it was closing its Swindon Plant, axing 3,500 jobs. Despite Honda stating “Brexit was not a factor” the exponents of Project Fear (including the Labour Front Bench) couldn’t help themselves but to blame it on Brexit.
It escaped them that Honda weren’t relocating to France or Germany, but moving home to Japan… because the EU had signed a non-tariff deal with Tokyo, which means that a Japanese car-maker doesn’t need to have factories inside the EU but can now ship cars from their own country into the Single Market without paying the usual tariffs.,
But the Remainers cannot (or will not) take that onboard.
I’m looking out the window now and I see it’s just started to rain. That’ll be Brexit then.
Brexit. The ultimate whipping-boy.