The government – and Theresa May personally – have been in disarray this week as public outrage and international humiliation over the Tories’ treatment of ‘Windrush generation’ citizens have snowballed, as more and more information has come to light and successive attempts to deflect or hide blame have failed, in spite of attempts by much of the media to cover for May’s dishonesty.
And today Sky News, in spite of its Murdoch links, has given a far more honest depiction of the dire situation of May and her government than the BBC.
The BBC has shown seemingly interminable coverage of the London marathon today, but managed to find time for the Queen’s birthday concert and for substantial mention of Jeremy Hunt’s plans to hobble social media under the excuse of limiting children’s time online.
It found time for around forty seconds of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Welsh Labour’s conference, in which he accused the PM of ripping apart the lives of citizens from the Commonwealth.
But it found no time to mention the accusations of outright racism by Shadow Equalities Minister Dawn Butler – or to look at the obvious consequence of the exposure of the government’s targeting of Caribbean migrants.
Sky, on the other hand, did – and it revealed a Prime Minister whose position is precarious even if she tries to hide behind the hapless Amber Rudd as a ‘human shield’ – and a Home Secretary highly likely to be offered up as a – potentially futile – sacrifice to try to defuse the outrage:
The next couple of days are likely to see the end of Rudd’s career as Home Secretary – but the real culprit in the Windrush scandal is her predecessor and now her boss, who carries the genuine responsibility for the hated and hateful ‘hostile environment’ policies that created it.
However, if you watch BBC News you are very likely to remain in ignorance of these facts, as the national broadcaster abandons even the notion of impartiality in order to obscure them.
If it hasn’t already happened by then, Dawn Butler’s imminent article – in which she is expected to evidence all of the discrimination she has uncovered – is likely to be the last straw.
If there is any justice and honour left in government, it will be for both the current and previous Home Secretaries.
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