Will Hutton has a lengthy piece in today’s Guardian entitled “Stick up for the BBC. It’s the last bulwark against rule by the mob”.
He complains about the ‘bile, unfairness and lack of restraint in the blogosphere’ infecting the mainstream media and thus American politics, and warns that if we do not support the BBC, committed to ‘impartiality and accuracy’ as it is, we will lose the ‘last bulwark against populist government by the mob’.
This morning the BBC web site is carrying a piece concerning Tory MP Philip Hollobone.
Headline – A Conservative MP has been warned he could face legal action if he refuses to meet constituents who wear burkas or niqabs, which hide their faces.
The Kettering MP said he needed to meet voters face-to-face.
He added he would invite those who did not remove their veil to communicate in a different way, such as by letter.
James Welch, legal director for Liberty, added: “We have written to Mr Hollobone to advise him of the law as enacted by Parliament and feel confident that no well-advised Honourable Member would seek to breach it by meeting with constituents on a discriminatory basis.”
Nasty racist, possibly criminal, Tory MP…….
But the story rang a bell…….
The BBC in 2006 carried a story concerning Labour MP Jack Straw.
Headline – ‘Remove full veils’ urges Straw
Cabinet Minister Jack Straw has said he would prefer Muslim women not to wear veils which cover the face.
The Commons leader said he did not want to be “prescriptive” but he believed that covering people’s faces could make community relations more difficult.
Mr Straw has said he asks Muslim women at his Blackburn constituency surgeries if they would mind removing veils.
Some Muslim women called his remarks insulting, but other Muslims said they understood his concerns.
No quotes regarding possible legal action and support from the Muslim community for his views…….
If the BBC is the ‘last bastion against populist government by the mob’ then the Labour party is the friend of the poor and disadvantaged, Ian Tomlinson committed suicide, and I’m John Demetriou in real life.