Do you think that this is enough of an apology from Fiona Bruce, for gaslighting Diane Abbott on the BBC’s Question Time on January 17?
Ms Bruce had joined Isobel Oakeshott, after Ms Abbott said Labour and the Conservatives were neck-and-neck in the polls, to claim that the latest poll showed Labour was behind. This was not true and Ms Bruce should have apologised.
I suggested yesterday that the programme would enjoy an upsurge of viewers for its first five minutes – who would switch off if they did not hear an apology in that time. The 20-second statement from Ms Bruce duly appeared midway through the show – ensuring that any viewers who did as I expected would not have a chance to hear it.
The official BBC statement stops short of an apology too.
This is inadequate from Question Time.
They should correct their false claim about the polls during tonight's programme and apologise to Diane Abbott for remarks about her to the studio audience during the warm-up. #BBCQT pic.twitter.com/BoFHAIDRPo
— Labour Press (@labourpress) January 24, 2019
Labour has made an official complaint, which includes other incidents reported about the Question Time recording in which Ms Abbott appeared.
It has been claimed by audience members that Ms Bruce and another BBC representative told jokes at Ms Abbott’s expense before the show was recorded, apparently to turn opinion against her. It is believed that this was recorded but the BBC is refusing to hand over the material.
And a sound technician said Ms Abbott’s microphone was turned down so she would find it harder to make herself heard.
So the Labour Party still has many reasons to complain.
I’ve already said I hope this goes to court. The BBC has been involved in too many rows like this and deserves a bloody nose.
As for Ms Abbott? She has come out of this smelling of roses:
I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for @HackneyAbbott. Despite the relentless unfair attacks and disproportionate criticism, Diane has become one of the fiercest advocates for fairness and justice that exist. It was an absolute honour to finally meet her today. pic.twitter.com/eSVEP43wg3
— Andrew Scattergood (@AJScattergood) January 24, 2019
If this unsavoury incident results in a little more support for the UK’s first black female MP – who receives more hate messages than all the country’s other politicians put together – then I’d say it did some good.
That’s in spite of the efforts of Ms Bruce, Ms Oakeshott and the BBC itself.
Visit our JustGiving page to help Vox Political’s Mike Sivier fight anti-Semitism libels in court
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:
The BBC has become the official mouthpiece of the Tory Party. It needs to be taken down a peg or two.
Too little too late an apology would be more fitting
BBC staff should all be sacked no reduncies payout put decent people into this BBC
I will not be watching this program again—– I only intended to wait for her apology which never came as i had already turned off after the allotted first five minutes.I feel the Labour Party should boycott this ‘program’ as the bias against the left has now reached ridiculous proportions. No I do not feel her apology was satisfactory in any way
No TV – No Licence Fee! Starve the BBC and set the ‘sheople’ FREE!
Sadly, such action will hurt only the poorly paid within the organisation.
Definitely not enough – Diane deserves a full apology.
It did feel disingenuous and hardly an apology. Shame; I quite like Fiona Bruce in the programme but not her sign off.