BBC Question Time only wants answers from the very far Left

Millions watch the BBC's flagship "debate" programme Question Time every week. It's almost always dominated by the Left. This week was a study in shameless bias

by Vincent Cooper on 4 October 2013 19:24

Watching Question Time on the BBC last night must have been one of the saddest and most dispiriting experiences one could have about the state of public awareness and understanding of the political and economic issues facing Britain today.

The BBC—Question Time in particular—is regularly accused of left-wing bias; a charge the BBC denies. Yet one could point to the presence, yet again, on the panel last night of the leftist Muslim Mehdi Hasan as a good example of such left-wing bias.

After all, Mr Hasan is not a publicly elected official. He is the UK political editor of the Huffington Post, a relatively minor player in the British media. Yet he is a regular contributor on Question Time. And when Mr Hasan for the umpteenth time on QT might be an embarrassment, the BBC have a left-wing stand-in for him in the person of Will Self, the self publicist who a week ago on QT incredibly tried to contextualise and explain why terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi killing women and children.

The point about Mehdi Hasan and Will Self is that they are both strongly and ideologically hard left. They are both far to the left of the Labour Party and have no public mandate. So why does the BBC invite their views? After all, the BBC does not invite non-elected far right characters. When did Question Time ever invite a non-elected BNP member to air his opinions?

However, such BBC panel bias does not explain the almost fanatical audience support last night for the unelected Mehdi Hasan. Virtually without exception, the Question Time audience whooped and cheered as Mr Hasan denounced the Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts. [This was in relation to the running story in the UK about Labour leader Ed Miliband's totalitarian Marxist father. The Left is in angry denial about its past over this.]

They cheered as Mr Hasan claimed that Britain ought to spend less on defence than it does on welfare, even though Mr Hasan has written of his “understanding” that Iran would want to develop a nuclear bomb as a counter to Israel and the West. They cheered as Hasan condemned the Daily Mail for what he falsely claimed was its anti woman and anti-gay stance, even though Mr Hasan is a committed Muslim.

This largely white British audience lacked any sense of political realism and British self-interest. Mehdi Hasan had them on a string. When one lone dissenting voice in the audience—a white working-class male UKIP supporter—spoke about the need to get real about the failures of socialism and the need for Britain to earn its way in the world, he was met with silence, then ridicule. The audience simply did not want to hear uncomfortable truths.

It was sad to witness such self delusion, but was that Question Time audience representative of British society? Many claim that the BBC deliberately vets the audience and excludes those of a conservative leaning. But that, surely, is unlikely. A simpler explanation is that British society has gone soft.

Largely because of social welfare affluence and the self-blame ethos of our now debased Christian culture, British society has absorbed a soft left sentimentalism whereby all opinions are judged by their contribution to the socialist welfare Utopia where the world can come and live and Britain has no enemies.     

Did that British Question Time audience actually know anything about Mehdi Hasan? Did they know he is on record referring to non-Muslims as “cattle” and “Kaffar”, what the journalist Douglas Murray calls a bigoted slur-term?  Did they know that Mr Hasan has referred to non-Muslims as animals:  “Once we lose the moral high-ground we are no different from the rest, of the non-Muslims; from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfil any desire.”

Mr Hasan didn’t say anything like that last night on Question Time. It wasn’t the right gathering. Instead he played to the gallery and had the sentimentalised British audience eating out of his hands.

How sad and predictable it all was. The only hope is that the Daily Mail and that lone UKIP supporter stand their ground.

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