Boris and the Beeb

boris-johnson1The BBC in London is going very much to town this week on the first anniversary of Boris Johnson’s election as Mayor.

The tone of their reporting is, at it has always been, looking for things to carp about and criticise in a way that was never once done when their darling, Ken Livingstone, held the office.

I recall that even when Livingstone, tired and emotional after a party, asked a Jewish reporter whether he had been a concentration camp guard, and was suspended for a month by the Standards Board for England because of it, the London BBC’s contribution was to express major indignation that this body had dared to sit in judgement on Ken.

On the other hand, when Boris expressed his views on Sir Ian Blair’s leadership of the Met. Police – views which the BBC itself had often voiced – and Blair resigned, suddenly Blair became a heroic victim anf Boris the vilain of the piece.

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About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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