Theresa May appears to have just lied outright to the House of Commons and to the whole country.
Challenged by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about the decision to destroy landing cards – proof of the legal immigration of thousands of ‘Windrush generation’ immigrants from the Caribbean and elsewhere in the Commonwealth, May told MPs during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, that the decision to do so was taken under a Labour government in 2009.
That was a lie – and exposed as a lie within moments – but almost an hour later the BBC was still repeating it to the nation without comment, qualification or contradiction at the top of its 1pm news bulletin:
Sky’s Beth Rigby did some genuine journalism and checked with sources in Parliament. May spoke the lie at eight minutes past noon – and just one minute later Rigby had exposed it:
52 minutes after that, the BBC was still broadcasting it – and not just broadcasting it but spinning it as if she’d landed a knockout blow on the Labour leader.
How long with the Corporation help the lie to go around the world before pointing out that May’s claim was false?
How long will it keep shoring up an incompetent and fundamentally dishonest Tory government and misrepresenting Labour to the people?
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