The Daily Telegraph
yesterday reported that Lord Pearson, the UKIP peer had requested the BBC Trust investigate the 'Today' programme for pro-EU bias. The article is linked here
As posted below and elsewhere on this blog, the Sunday AM presenter, Andrew Marr
, frequently allows Government ministers to make the most outrageous of statements without any attempt at correction or pursuit of their underlying truthfulness.
Last Sunday's lie by David Miliband was the latest but most serious example of this devious propaganda. I have already quoted the conflicting statements with their appropriate links, but viewed in the context of the interview and the immediately following question from Marr, the conclusion is even more damaging particularly for Mr Marr and his employers the tax funded BBC.
I quote from the BBC's own transcript, linked here
ANDREW MARR: Well I'm going to press you a little bit further. When you say we're considering seriously all of our options that would include the full range of diplomatic responses that a country can make in this case?
DAVID MILIBAND: I'm just not going to get into it. It wouldn't be right. We've got a judicial process with integrity, with independence and we will defend that.
ANDREW MARR: We've had expulsions in the past.
DAVID MILIBAND: I'm not going to get into it.
ANDREW MARR: Okay.
DAVID MILIBAND: You can ..
ANDREW MARR: All right.
DAVID MILIBAND: .. however charming you are, it's important ..
ANDREW MARR: I'm doing my very best, but okay. You're going, but we'll be hearing more about that in the course of the coming week ...
DAVID MILIBAND: In due course.
ANDREW MARR: In due course. All right. It's been said about you that you are a keener European than some of the other holders of your post over the last few years.
Do you buy at all the argument that although there's been lots of changes made at the margins to what was the constitution, there is still something there which is big enough that it would require a referendum of the British people if it's going to be put through.
DAVID MILIBAND: In short, no. The first clause of the mandate that was agreed by twenty seven heads of government last month says the constitution has been abandoned. Not reformed. Not ameliorated. Abandoned.
We're not going to have a new constitution for Europe. We're amending the way Europe works to make it work better. And frankly we can get away from the institutional arguments and onto delivering what really matters about the environment, about climate change, about crime, about the economy.
That's what's going to matter. And I think that Europe has suffered more from a delivery deficit than a democratic deficit. And it's the delivery deficit that we have to rectify. And it's Europe making a difference for people in areas that are genuinely international that I think really, really is the focus of European policy.
ANDREW MARR: You sat through the Blair Cabinet. You're sitting in the Brown Cabinet. Is it different? DAVID MILIBAND: Yeah, it is different. It's, it's a different group of people obviously...
The interviewer was perfectly capable of pressing on the question of Russian expulsions, but did not skip a heartbeat to address the outrageous distortion by which New Labour plans to sell out the democracy of this country.
The BBC should undertake an urgent inquiry into how this coup for complete disinformation was put out on their main politics lite Sunday morning show which is bound to leave millions of viewers totally misinformed on the status of this latest EU Treaty.
Those involved in planning this exchange without follow-up, or it appears adequate research into the topic being raised, should be dismissed in disgrace.
For clarity and ease of reference the first paragraph actually states the following as may be verified from this link
on Page 16:
I. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
1. The IGC is asked to draw up a Treaty (hereinafter called "Reform Treaty") amending the existing Treaties with a view to enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the enlarged Union, as well as the coherence of its external action. The constitutional concept, which consisted in repealing all existing Treaties and replacing them by a single text called "Constitution", is abandoned. The Reform Treaty will introduce into the existing Treaties, which remain in force, the innovations resulting from the 2004 IGC, [editors note...titled "Provisional consolidated version of the draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe" linked here
] as set out below in a detailed fashion.