BBC contempt for Freedom Association complaints

It takes a special kind of arrogance to treat an organisation with the undisguised contempt the BBC has shown to The Freedom Association.

Last Saturday I listened to the radio in stunned silence as ‘comedian’ David Baddiel, talking about the late Norris McWhirter’s visit to his school, smeared The Freedom Association by describing it as:

… a very, very right wing kind of sub-BNP, slightly posher version of the BNP.

Anyone who knows anything about TFA will know it abhors discrimination of any kind and unconditionally opposes racism and the kind of identity politics engaged in by the BNP. If it didn’t then I would not support it.

A number of people submitted complaints to the BBC, including myself. Somehow I just knew that despite the strength of the complaint, the BBC would dismiss it out of hand because one of its favourite overpaid sons had taken a swipe at something he considered to be ‘very, very right wing’. Such behaviour is grist to the BBC mill.

And so it has turned out. I have received an email reply to my complaint that reads:

Dear Mr xxxxxx

Thank you for contacting us regarding remarks made by David Baddiel about Norris McWhirter and the Freedom Association on The Alan Davies Show on BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast on Saturday 18 December.

On the show David Baddiel was discussing a television film he has recently made entitled ‘The Norris McWhirter Chronicles’. The film centres around a speech that Mr McWhirter made at David Baddiel’s school in the 1970s. The young Baddiel had expected a talk about the then popular TV programme ‘Record Breakers’ and was disappointed that Mr McWhirter’s speech was of a political nature. The comments made by David Baddiel were quite clearly his personal description of Mr McWhirter’s political allegiances.

The Alan Davies Show is a live, light hearted, entertainment programme and in this context we are satisfied that no broadcasting guidelines were broken.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

BBC Audience Services

So, personal descriptions of Norris McWhirter’s political allegiance that are factually incorrect and derogatory, and speculation by Alan Davies and Baddiel about whether McWhirter was a ‘Brown shirt’ (the morons meant an Oswald Mosely ‘Black shirt’, but hey, BBC ignorance has no bounds) are no problem. That is always the way isn’t it?


I notice on Cranmer a post on this very subject, His Grace and several of his communicants having received an identical ‘piss off’ reply from the BBC. But what Cranmer notes is that:

What they are essentially saying is that any BBC employee or interviewee can give a ‘personal description’ of ‘political allegiances’ irrespective of the facts, and they may do so with impunity.

This being the case, why did the BBC apologise to the Muslim Council of Britain and pay them £30,000 of taxpayers’ money in compensation for remarks made by Charles Moore on Question Time? Why was Mr Moore not permitted to articulate a ‘personal description’ of the behaviour of the MCB? Why does the BBC readily acknowledge ‘injury to feelings’ when it comes to some minority groups or organisations of ‘the Left’, but is evidently of the view that the family and friends of Norris McWhirter and members of The Freedom Association do not live with bread like them; do not feel want, taste grief, or need friends.

Quelle surprise. Bias from the BBC. It seems in this world the only way to ensure you are afforded respect is if you rub shoulders with homicidal maniacs who tend to resort to violence at any perceived insult.

In the face of anger from the Muslim Council of Britain the BBC doles out our money and issues fulsome and humble apologies for any offence caused. In the face of anger from decent, law abiding and polite members of The Freedom Association the BBC sticks up two fingers and tells them to go hang.

And we pay handsomely, under pain of fine or imprisonment, for these sycophantic self loathing quislings. It’s enough to make one sick.

9 Responses to “BBC contempt for Freedom Association complaints”

  1. 1 David Jones 24/12/2010 at 4:11 pm

    Spot on. What are we going to do about the bBC?

  2. 2 Robert 24/12/2010 at 4:41 pm

    They had a phone in programme yesterday on Five Live which I caught a bit of yesterday. It seemed to be about independent broadcasters like Fox News, and should we have them here. I think the sub -text had something to do with BSkyB and Murdoch generally.

    One contributor said that he would not worry about Fox News as we have the BBC to tell us how it is without any political bias. Well that’s all right then.

  3. 3 WitteringsfromWitney 24/12/2010 at 5:13 pm

    What are we going to do about the BBC asks David Jones.

    The same as we are going to do to our political elite – use lamp posts and piano wire!

    Off topic AM: A very Happy Christmas to clan AM and best wishes for the New Year.

  4. 4 Mr Numba Cruncha 24/12/2010 at 6:20 pm

    Simply cancel your tv licence direct debit, within a short space of time you shall become known as “legal occupier”. Pop all junk mail threats into the bin and when licence (non) enforcer knocks on your do simply tell him to move along as cold calling is unacceptable at your property! Fuck the BBC and fuck there tv tax. Merry Christmas to you good people.

  5. 5 AJC 24/12/2010 at 8:00 pm

    Perhaps a complaint directly to Jeremy Hunt (I believe that is how you spell his name!) may have some tiny effect.

    Oh, and the BBC Trust who just might be unaware …

  6. 6 Tufty 24/12/2010 at 8:05 pm

    Much can be achieved by persistence. Never give in to the relentlessly dumb, prissy, drivelling, creepy, two-faced, culture-wrecking, toe-curling awfulness of the BBC. Always say what you think of the BBC if the subject crops up among friends or colleagues. Support blogs like this one with a comment or two, because complaints to the BBC are a waste of time as far as I can see. I don’t think they understand them anyway.

    The BBC is like a dim neighbour who reads the Guardian, goes blank if you say something controversial and thinks celebrities are talented – the neighbour you end up avoiding.

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 24/12/2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks WfW – and to you and yours!

  8. 8 Junius 24/12/2010 at 11:07 pm

    Totally agree – the BBC is a pathetic example of left wing indoctrination – there is not one of them that I can identify that doesn’t believe anyone with a different point of view is anything other than a neo-Nazi!!

    Refuse to fund them – keep attacking their bias in blogs like this and the ever enlarging ‘Biased BBC’ ( – keep up the letter writing and complaints [I have their complaints department on speed dial!] and like Chinese Torture it will eventually dawn on them that they are completely out of touch with real people.

    They have got to go – and I think they are beginning to get a tad worried about their ‘image’ out here in the great unwashed land!!

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