Perhaps the BBC acronym should be short for Bias By Censorship. One of the big stories in the EU today was the news that the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands refused to sign off the EU’s accounts for the last year. It is the first time these countries have voted against accepting the accounts, as they usually abstain.
The story is covered in detail on the EUobserver website. But if you were surfing around the world’s most extensive news gathering organisation’s website, you would not find anything to suggest it ever happened. Here’s a snapshot of the BBC Europe page. And here’s one of the BBC Politics page. Nothing. Nada. Zip.
In fairness, the BBC has mentioned the story. It is buried in paragraph 9 of their article about the government’s criticism of pay rises for EU staff. However the BBC gave more prominence in the article to Labour saying the government must accept some of the blame for the plans to increase Eurocrat salaries. It prefers to gloss over a significant issue concerning what is now 17 years of controversy, lack of transparency and breeding ground for fraud that is the EU’s finances.
Of course this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the BBC’s pro-EU stance and cosy financial relationship that has seen it receive nearly £3million in grant money from the European Union over the past four years…