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Nigel Farage keeps on about EU migration, but non-EU migration is the greater problem

10 March 2014 14:17

Last week, I spoke alongside Nigel Farage in a debate about immigration organised by the Evening Standard. It was good fun, as you’d expect, with David Lammy, Tessa Jowell and… Continue reading

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Was Liz Wahl’s on-air Russia Today resignation brave or self-serving?

6 March 2014 10:10

It’s hard not be cynical about these TV presenters on Russia Today making such bold on-air declarations against their network. The eye-catching Liz Wahl sensationally quit RT yesterday saying she would… Continue reading

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BBC Three is to be closed as on-air channel, but does it matter? Photo: BBC.

An announcement for Tony Hall: BBC3 was already dead

5 March 2014 17:55

Two words tell you everything you need to know about today’s announcement that BBC3 is to become an online-only channel: ‘spoiler alert’. The phrase is now part of the cultural… Continue reading

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Molly Smitten-Downes, the UK's 2014 Eurovision entry

BBC bureaucrats think they can pick a Eurovision winner. Let’s hope they’re right.

3 March 2014 13:48

listen to ‘Fraser Nelson on Britain’s 2014 Eurovision entry’ on Audioboo What would pop music sound like if the ‘hits’ were defined by a panel of BBC bureaucrats? We will… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Does Tristram Hunt think that choice in education should be only for the rich?

2 March 2014 13:48

At last – Labour has made its intentions over education clear. Throughout his interview on the Sunday Politics today, Tristram Hunt showed that Labour has switched allegiances to adults, not… Continue reading

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‘Dripping wet’ Chris Patten. Image: Getty

The millions in EU funding the BBC tried to hide

28 February 2014 17:41

Over the last three years the BBC has secretly obtained millions of pounds in grants from the European Union. Licence fee payers might assume that the Corporation would have been compelled… Continue reading

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Can't you just feel the excitement? Image: Getty

Is the curling still on…?

19 February 2014 16:50

The Winter Olympics have been going on for over a week now, and we’ve been treated to a good ten hours of winter sports per day by the BBC. But… Continue reading

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Is 'Sherlock' compassionate or imaginative?

Writers tend to the Left because they have imagination, not compassion

10 February 2014 14:00

I apologise for writing a blogpost about a tweet, which can look a bit like over-analysis, but I was intrigued by a couple of things that writer Graham Linehan wrote… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

A solution to the BBC problem – break it in two

29 January 2014 10:45

Monday’s episode of The Unbelievable Truth, in case you missed it, featured comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound. I did miss it, partly because I read about how Hound thinks… Continue reading

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Gendercide, abortion and hypocrisy of the pro-choicers

15 January 2014 14:48

There was a lovely little ultrasound picture of a foetus to illustrate the Independent’s splash today about the incidence of sex-selective abortions in Britain. According to the paper’s analysis of… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC isn’t Left-wing as such, it’s elitist

8 January 2014 14:07

The BBC made a ‘terrible mistake’ in not reflecting public concern about immigration, Nick Robinson has said. This is the latest case of BBC self-flagellation. (Now I think about it,… Continue reading

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Recommended listening with Joan Bakewell, Ian McEwan and Diarmaid MacCulloch

7 January 2014 14:28

There is a new series of BBC Radio 3′s discussion programme ‘Belief’. Some readers may be interested in this episode in which I am interviewed by Joan Bakewell. It was… Continue reading

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George Osborne on his way to give the 2013 Autumn Statement this morning. Photo: Getty Images.

Fisking George Osborne’s ‘hard truths’ speech

6 January 2014 18:37

Today, George Osborne used a speech to administer what he called ‘hard truths’ about the economy. But in some cases, the truth was even harder than he let on. Here is a Fisk… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

The Pollard penny drops for Lord Patten

12 December 2013 12:48

When the Pollard Report into the BBC Jimmy Savile abuse affair was published in December 2012, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten confidently told a press conference: ‘As far as we’re… Continue reading

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Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Nelson Mandela (C), celebrating his 89th birthday, stands flanked by ex-US president Jimmy Carter (3R) former UN chief Kofi Annan (1L), Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1R) and Richard Branson (R) during the launching ceremony of the group known as The Elders 18 July 2007 in Johannesburg. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Jimmy Carter talks sense about the late Nelson Mandela

7 December 2013 15:38

Rod Liddle’s observation about the death of Nelson Mandela, cut off, alas, at the age of 95, hardly needs supplementing but I was struck by one aspect of the blanket… Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela dies, aged 95

5 December 2013 22:32

Look; I’m sorry Nelson Mandela is dead. It happens quite often to people in their 90s who have been very ill, even famous people, but I’m sure that doesn’t lessen… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

James Harding’s right: the BBC must do some ‘accountability journalism’, but on the Savile scandal report

5 December 2013 12:13

Director of BBC News James Harding made a fascinating speech on Wednesday, setting out his mission statement for the Corporation’s newsroom: ‘Let’s start with holding people to account. In the offices… Continue reading

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BBC vs newspapers – who wields the power?

29 November 2013 11:00

David Yelland, a former Sun editor turned a PR director, is today giving a lecture to Hacked Off’s parent group lamenting what he sees as the absence of proper press… Continue reading

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Reverend Paul Flowers in front of the Treasury Select Committee. Image: Getty

The Paul Flowers scandal exposes the rotten heart of the Labour movement

20 November 2013 11:53

There has naturally been plenty of unfavorable comment on how the Revd Paul Flowers, the ‘crystal Methodist’, was allowed by the Financial Services Authority to become chairman of the Co-op… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The Tories should pledge to cut the BBC’s licence fee

13 November 2013 14:16

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but it is heartening that the state broadcasting company, ERT, has been closed down. All such… Continue reading

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Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Should state education be abolished?

11 November 2013 14:09

These days I find myself so drifting away from the bounds of acceptable opinion that I don’t even shout at Radio 4 for being biased, because I don’t even understand… Continue reading

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Which Jeremy Paxman are you going to get these days: the clean-shaven or bearded version?

Scandal ridden BBC admits camera trickery

11 November 2013 12:53

Our Parliamentarian of the Year awards continue to makes the news. I’m reliably informed that this item in Dominic Lawson’s Mail column is the result of a jolly exchange at last… Continue reading

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John Cole: ‘An institution cherished by the viewing public’

8 November 2013 14:25

The BBC’s former political editor, John Cole, has died aged 85. As their political reporter during the Thatcher era, he covered many major stories concerning her, including the miners’ strike… Continue reading

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Indian soldiers take cover during fighting in Kashmir in September 2013. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example, Islamic terror, may find a partial answer here:  Stephen Whittle Director… Continue reading

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Image: BBC, 'When Tommy met Mo'.

‘When Tommy met Mo’ revealed how far we have to travel before Islamism is uprooted

29 October 2013 18:40

Last night the BBC screened a documentary called ‘When Tommy met Mo’. It was good television, challenging and thought-provoking in a way that public broadcasting ought to be, is often… Continue reading

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