Cancellation of scheduled investigation into UC 10 days before GE vote is appalling display of Establishment bias
Seemingly unremarked by anyone, the BBC changed its schedule yesterday – in a way that is entirely at odds with its legal impartiality obligations during the general election campaign.
At 9pm last night, the BBC was meant to broadcast an episode titled “Universal Credit: One Year On” – a follow-up to a harrowing Panorama investigation into the misery inflicted by the Tories’ pet system for impoverishing the vulnerable first broadcast in November last year.
The title of the 2018 programme was “The Universal Credit Crisis“.
A visit to the BBC’s Panorama iPlayer site confirms what should have been shown to the nation last night:
The 2018 programme made harrowing viewing, exposing the utter shambles of the Tories’ conscious cruelty toward unemployed people, those on low wages – and millions of children:
Things have only got worse since, so the new programme would certainly not be any kind of good news for the Tories or their election hopes.
And the BBC cancelled it – with nine days to go before polling day.
Had they shown it, many casting their postal ballots in the next few days would have had a huge reminder of why the Tories should never be anywhere near power.
The Panorama programme page does not say when the programme will be broadcast, but even if it is next week it will certainly be too late to influence postal ballots.
Labour will scrap the Universal Credit system if it wins the election.
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