For about 20 years, I and a few others have been pointing out that the BBC is biased to the Left, morally, culturally and politically.
I have made this case patiently, with evidence, not crudely. And I have been met with unending scornful denial.
This vital truth, that the most important cultural and media organisation in Britain, which shapes the views of millions on every subject, is tilted against the conservative cause in every field of human endeavour, has been for years the most obvious fact in the country – but also the one most utterly denied.
Well, now we have double-proof that the BBC is biased and knows it is. And also of how that bias has helped to shape British politics.
First, from the Director-General himself, Mark Thompson, we have the admission that, when he joined the Corporation 30 years ago, there was a ‘massive bias to the Left’.
I love that ‘was’, as if all those Eighties Leftists have stopped being what they were, and stopped hiring people like themselves.
Also there’s the absurd claim that the Corporation now has ‘an honourable tradition’ of journalists of the Right working for it.
Really? Perhaps they are strong among the makers of children’s programmes in Gaelic.
The BBC remains reliably pro-EU, pro-PC, anti-Israel, in favour of the sexual revolution, soft on drugs, fanatical about man-made climate change. It has partly cured itself of its crude anti-Americanism, and Mr Thompson’s confession is plainly a sign of a wider recognition that things have not been right, in both senses of the word.
Two of its own prominent journalists, Jonathan Charles (on the EU) and Roger Harrabin (on global warming), last week broadcast extraordinary programmes on Radio 4. In one, Mr Charles actually said of the launch of the euro in 1999: ‘Even now I can remember the great air of excitement. It did seem like the start of a new era . . . for a few brief days I suppose I and everyone else suspended their scepticism and all got caught up in that euphoria.’ I suppose he did.
And Mr Harrabin mused, faintly hilariously: ‘I’ve never considered myself a climate-change sceptic.’
No, nor has anyone else. But he conceded: ‘I’ve always had questions that weren’t fully settled, particularly about our ability to model future climate given our poor knowledge of some elements of the current climate system.’
But now we have the latest evidence, from Mr Thompson’s briefing notes, that the BBC has for a long time been co-operating closely with David Cameron, who disembowelled the Tory Party to make it acceptable to the BBC’s militant cultural revolutionaries.
I first pointed this out long before the Election, when the BBC refused to disclose details of a meeting Mr Thompson had then with Mr Cameron. Around the same time, BBC coverage of the Tories switched from an unending stream of high-pressure slime to cautious approval, gradually warming into endorsement.
The key to this is which of the two was and is the senior partner at these meetings. You will get a better picture of modern Britain if you grasp that it is the BBC which, as the medieval Church once did, gives or withholds its blessing to the leaders it approves of. Lean to the Left, or face frozen disapproval, consistently unfair coverage, misrepresentation and actual exclusion from the national debate.
This is a real, dangerous scandal threatening our future. Yet it merits less space in the media than a fuss about cricket.