Did the BBC do a backroom deal with the Tories? (Why the BBC shouldn’t host the Brexit debate part 2)

The BBC thought the deal was all sewn up – but it seems the Corporation’s bosses jumped to the wrong conclusion, too soon.

Before you jump to conclusions too, dear reader, be advised that this is not about Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU, but about her challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, to take part in a debate about the deal on television.

Around lunchtime yesterday, the BBC News press team announced that Mrs May had accepted the Corporation’s offer to host the debate, on December 9.

There was just one problem, as Jim Waterson explained:

As The Canary reports: “Before becoming May’s director of communications in late 2017, Robbie Gibb was head of the BBC‘s Westminster programmes. Now, Gibb is reportedly insisting that the BBChosts the debate “at all costs”.

“Meanwhile, BBC news bulletins (and reporting from elsewhere in the corporate media, such as the Independent) are presenting May’s BBC debate as a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn. But in reality, the Labour leader said he would “relish” a TV debate with May late on 25 November, immediately after she suggested one.”

Here’s the thing:


That’s right. Theresa May issued the challenge, meaning Mr Corbyn should have the right to choose the terms.

And he doesn’t want to debate Mrs May on the BBC.

Can anybody blame him?

Here’s The Canary again: “The difference is that Labour prefers what ITV has tabled: a straight head-to-head debate between the two leaders. And it’s pretty obvious why. Because the BBC‘s format seems to allow for BBC editors to rig the discussion against Corbyn. They will have significant power over the questions and participants involved in the debate”

Not only that: Already we have learned that the BBC apparently hired an actress who runs her own tiny internet church to speak in favour of Mrs May on Newsnight debates. Social media commentators have already linked this behaviour with the debate challenge:

Now it seems the BBC has been discussing the challenge that Mrs May sprang on Mr Corbyn – not-so-spontaneously, it seems – for many weeks.

Why else would the Tories plan TV appearances hosted by the BBC’s David Dimbleby, including a “Question Time style session” and brief the Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph about it on Monday (November 26)?

Commentators are already concluding that the BBC is colluding with the Conservative Party – so much for the Corporation’s claims of impartiality! – to build support for her Brexit deal and run Labour down:

Some have resorted to satire:


While others have aimed sharper barbs:

Personally, I like this comment, which bypasses the silliness of the BBC and ITV jostling for position and goes straight to the heart of the matter:

He’s right.

But then, we’re discussing Brexit – a situation in which the elected leaders of the United Kingdom have vowed to follow the wish of a majority of voters in a referendum, even though they know there is no possible outcome in which the country will be better-off as a result of it.

No part of Brexit makes any sense at all. Why should this be any different?

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9 thoughts on “Did the BBC do a backroom deal with the Tories? (Why the BBC shouldn’t host the Brexit debate part 2)

  1. Dan

    I hope Jeremy Corbyn has the sense not to go anywhere near the BBC “debate”. If it’s anything like the dreadful Question Time programme he will be a lonely voice in a studio with a hand-picked Tory chair, hand-picked Tory panel and a hand-picked Tory audience.

    Instead of wasting money on QT the BBC could simply show the Monty Python “argument” sketch on a loop, it comes to much the same thing…

  2. Molly Timmons

    Well, are they prepared to allow Nicola Sturgeon into the debate, then this would help the balance. unfortunately they won’t because Nicola is more than a match for both of them.

  3. trev

    Panto for the masses. How about a TV debate on Austerity, Welfare reform, poverty, foodbanks? How can I even care about Brexit when life is reduced to basic survival?

  4. Jimmy mc fall

    The bbc will have an audience of tory plants.After all isn’t it just one big party political broadcast on their behalf?Question time,Andrew Marr and his bosom buddy Andrew neil are proof of their bias.

  5. Chris Bergin

    I have heard comments that this ‘brexit’ thing was arranged so as to get rid of the welfare state and sell of the NHS. Obviously the Americans are in there somewhere as the Tory ‘believers’ have been colluding since Thatchers day toward that end. Sorry to go off topic.

  6. Dez

    Seen enough previous victims fall for this BBC scam and their bias goes into their choice of audience and anticipated reactions as well. Truly broken media outlet that should be far more balanced than it currently is. Not a good global advert for british fairplay more an advert for globalist ownership by the Elite.

  7. Colin Ward

    This debate should take place on channel 4. Then and only then would we get anything like an impartial debate. I wouldn’t trust the BBC to hang washing on the line!!

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