On Sunday afternoon I had the privilege of taking part in and speaking at a protest rally and march against anti Brexit BBC bias and the state imposed BBC licence fee tax. The protest was well attended with a few hundred people present.
The protest commenced outside Broadcasting House on Portland Place in central London organised by founder of online Youtube channel Make Britain Great Again (MBGA) News, Luke Nash-Jones, who was suitably dressed as V from the film V for Vendetta. For those who have not seen the dystopian film set in the future, a vigilante in a Guy Fawkes mask, identifying himself as ‘V’ rescues an employee of the state-run British Television Network, from members of the “Fingermen” secret police.
The speakers at the protest included former MEP and Honorary President of the Mises Institute Godfrey Bloom, UKIP National Executive Committee member Elizabeth Jones, Martin Costello of UKIP Swindon, Talk Radio commentator David Vance and young activist Frankie Rufolo.
Godfrey Bloom described the BBC as “an anachronism in an age where we have a choice of 120 different channels to subscribe to’’. Mr Bloom said that while it was a wonderful concept in the1920s now there is no more need for public sector broadcasting. He called the BBC an ‘’extraordinary organisation’’ for ‘coming to knock your door down and putting you in prison” if you have a device capable of receiving a BBC broadcast and don’t pay the licence fee.
All speakers were in agreement that Gary Linekar should be sacked and his £1.75m salary should be used to finance 70 nurses, 60 firefighters, 60 teachers or 50 police officers. Elizabeth Jones described the BBC as a “mafia, a cartel, robber barons’’ suggesting BBC staff should be recruited at a fraction of the cost from among younger new talent from Equity, the UK trade union for professional performers. Martin Costello referred to BBC programming as a “PC box ticking exercise on an industrial scale’’.
In my speech I pointed out that the BBC has received about £25 million from the EU within the last decade – and that while this is a small sum as a proportion of total BBC funding, as Jacob Rees Mogg has said: it comes with the strict condition that the BBC promotes the EU. I also referred to figures showing that 85% of guests on the Andrew Marr show since the Referendum have been anti EU – vs only 15% pro Brexit. (The figures for the BBC Sunday Politics show were little better – 73% vs 27%). This was despite cross party politicians writing to the BBC in March calling for less anti Brexit bias.
Frankie Rufolo spoke out against BBC bias in failing to cover the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) march against terrorism that took place last month, despite the fact that it was attended by 70,000 people on the BBC’s doorstep in London.
The protestors then proceeded to march from Broadcasting House to Parliament, via Oxford Circus, Regents Street, the offices of far left hate group “Hope not Hate’’ on St James’ Square, Whitehall, Downing Street, and culminated outside the Houses of Parliament, where Luke Nash-Jones read out a modern-day People’s Charter. The Charter calls for the UK to, inter alia, leave the EU including the Single Market, for the abolition of the BBC licence fee tax, for an end to open door immigration, for the right to recall MPs and towards ending anti-British bias and cultural Marxism in the education system and the media.