SKY below the belt with Farage over Enoch Powell

The British media has got to drop the politically correct attacks on UKIP and play fair. UKIP leader Nigel Farage was hit below the belt by Sky News in a silly attempt to link him with Enoch Powell. Despite the tittering from his opponents, Farage wasn't thrown at all

Nigel Farage wasn't thrown at all
Donna Rachel Edmunds
On 6 January 2014 08:50

What the UK really needs is a televisual news channel with a centre right editorial line. Much is made of the BBC’s bias, which is understandable as the corporation is financed through a kind of poll tax.

But Sky News, the only other mainstream news reporting TV station in the UK, also sometimes betrays a left wing bias, perhaps unconsciously. The net result is a sharp imbalance in news reporting on British television screens.

This is a particular problem for any party of the centre right, as it must spend the vast majority of its time in the public eye knocking down straw men arguments, whilst parties of a left wing bent are free to get on with promoting their worldview.

Take, as an example, Murnaghan interviewing my party leader Nigel Farage yesterday (Sunday) morning, in which the following exchange took place:

Murnaghan: “I’ve got a quotation here about the impact of immigration on the existing population – “For reasons which they could not comprehend, the indigenous population found themselves made strangers in their own country; their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth; their children unable to obtain school places; their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition.” – You’d agree with that, would you?”

Farage: [nodding] “In a lot of England that’s true.”

Murnaghan: “And you know where that’s from, don’t you?”

Farage: “I don’t, no.”

Murnaghan: “Enoch Powell’s so called Rivers of Blood speech.”

Farage: “Is it? Well, what he was warning about was that if you have a large influx of people into an area, if you change an area beyond recognition, there is tension. That basic principle is right.”

In the leftist mindset, Powell’s views are racist, therefore Farage must be a racist for agreeing with Powell even in part, therefore Murnaghan has ‘won’ the argument. Therefore, case closed.

The left wing press, most notably The Mirror, reported with glee that Farage had been tricked into agreeing with Powell: “Nigel Farage caught agreeing with 'basic principles' of Enoch Powell's infamous Rivers of Blood speech” ran the headline, as though some grubby little secret had been exposed.

But the British public are starting to see through their word games.

Farage is absolutely right: in places, immigration has indeed caused a shortage of school places, and the NHS is struggling to keep up with demand. In 2007, the BBC even reported that maternity services in particular were being stretched to breaking point thanks specifically to immigration from eastern Europe, saying, “In one GP practice in Luton in Bedfordshire, 400 new patients register every month - and 80 percent are eastern European.”

The BBC has also reported on neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition: “Boston is an ancient English port and market town in the flatlands of Lincolnshire. But it is a town transformed by rapid and significant immigration from Eastern Europe. Where once there would have been the butcher, the baker and, quite possibly, the candlestick-maker, the High Street is now filled with Baltic supermarkets, Polish delis and Lithuanian off-licences.”

Considering the weight of the evidence, it would have been downright bizarre for Farage not to have agreed with the statement. It seems that with our media establishment, what matters is not what’s being said, but who is saying it.

But the reign of the establishment is drawing to a close. It may have been twenty years in the making, but UKIP’s enormous success is well deserved – no other party is making a clear and consistent case for taking our law-making abilities, including ownership of our own borders, back from the European Union.

No other party is proposing that immigrants work for five years before they can claim benefits, as was previously the case. No other party is proposing that immigrants should prove that they will be earning at least £27,500 a year, and will therefore be net contributors to the public purse.

All of these policies ensure that the immigration that does take place is good for Britain. You shouldn’t need me to explain this to you. The common, good sense of these policies speaks for itself.

That the other parties are not putting forward these proposals only goes to prove how out of touch they are with most British people, native born and immigrant alike.

That the television media seek to embarrass UKIP over these policies shows how much a part of the establishment it has become.

But we’ll have the last laugh on this one. By all means, let them think they have ‘tricked’ Farage into making some sort of embarrassing gaffe. By doing so, they’re pointing the voters in their millions towards the refreshing honesty and forthright common sense of UKIP.

Donna Edmunds, ediitor of is a UKIP councillor and is now a regular contributor to The Commentator. Follow her on @DonnaInSussex

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