I would say that he has…in spades.
Delingpole: Has Tommy Robinson Exposed the BBC’s Dangerous, Far-Left Bias?
Did you see that shocking BBC Panorama documentary about the bullying, Soros-funded, far-left, anti-freedom of speech propaganda group currently touring British schools with the Government’s approval, turning kids into brainwashed progressives who believe that “Islamophobia” is a bigger threat than radical Islam?
No. And you never will.
That’s because instead of holding these far left thugs to account, the BBC considers them to be allies, fellow travellers, kindred spirits. Hence the disgraceful allegations that the BBC’s flagship documentary series Panorama got in bed with one such organisation — HOPE Not Hate — in order to carry out a hit job on Tommy Robinson.
That hit job, if Robinsons ‘Panodrama’ sting is to be taken at face value, has backfired horribly.
But before we discuss ‘Panodrama’ in more detail, let us first pause to consider what the reaction would be if the BBC teamed up with, say, the English Defence League to do a hit job on, say, HOPE Not Hate founder Nick Lowles.
The outrage would be enormous. Columnists across the mainstream media would be up in arms. Questions, I expect, would be asked in the House of Commons — not just by the usual leftist suspects but by squishy Conservatives virtue-signalling their dismay that the “impartial” BBC should be betraying its Charter obligations by working in cahoots with a ‘far right’ organisation to smear a charitable campaigner.
And up to a point, the outrage would be justified. As a publicly-funded organisation, the BBC is indeed required by its charter to show “due impartiality.” It’s not supposed to be left-wing or right-wing.
What allegedly happened is that Robinson’s former associate Lucy Brown was approached by HOPE Not Hate to help BBC Panorama — the publicly funded broadcaster’s flagship documentary programme — to produce a “Tommy takedown.”
Would this be a fair or proper use of licence-fee payers’ money?
I don’t think even Tommy Robinson himself — Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, as he was christened — would disagree that he is a legitimate subject for a BBC investigative documentary.
Robinson has become the public face and voice of the large numbers of British people, especially the white working class, who are concerned about issues like immigration, Islamic extremism, and the widespread “grooming” (i.e. rape) of very young, mainly white and Sikh girls by organised gangs of Muslim men.
He has over a million followers on Facebook; his rallies, such as the one he held yesterday in Salford, are attended by many thousands of people. He commands huge admiration from his supporters not just in Britain but across the world, from ordinary people grateful for his willingness to say what their politicians find unsayable about the threat posed to Western civilisation by Islam.
So yes, clearly it would be a reasonable decision by Britain’s public service broadcaster to tell us the truth about this charismatic, influential figure, with his chequered past which includes stints in prison.
The problem is, according to Robinson in his Panodrama sting, that the BBC wasn’t interested in the truth.
I doubt, for example, that there was ever going to be a section in the planned Panorama documentary where Sweeney set out to question the legitimacy of the extraordinarily draconian sentence passed on Robinson last year for contempt of court.