I'm not very well today and off work - which is why I haven't been blogging - but I was so infuriated by a blatant piece of BBC propaganda that I've been moved to get out of my sick bed (OK, off the sofa) to comment on it.
It was on the BBC 1 o'clock news and the lead item was regarding the rate of inflation jumping to 3%. Two things struck me about the item. First of all was the way the BBC took the opportunity for a bit of Tory bashing - highest rate for 11 years they said (in other words, since the Tories were last in power). Then they referenced the time when Lawson was Chancellor and highlighted the rate of inflation back then - 10.9% I believe they said it was (it may have been for one month, but I doubt that the rate of inflation was that high over any prolonged period). Finally they referred back to 1979 - when Maggie Thatcher was in power, they said - and the rate of inflation of 29%.
What they didn't do at any time during this piece was point out that the rampant level of inflation in 1979 was inherited by Thatcher from the Labour administration and that during the Tory years the rate of inflation fell steadily to the point where it was running at around 3% and falling. The BBC were only too keen to point out how it had remained steady during Labour's reign - but did not consider it worth mentioning that the only reason for that - and it is the only reason - was the reforms and management of the Thatcher and, to a lesser extent, Major administration.
The failure of the BBC to point out the difference between the economic mess inherited by Thatcher and the steady affluence inherited by Gordon Brown as Chancellor demonstrates the complete lack of balance and impartiality of the BBC.
The second thing that annoyed me about the piece was the failure of the BBC to reveal the fact that the Labour government changed the way that inflation was measured - using what they call the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index. The headline inflation rate they always refer to now is the CPI - but the RPI is always higher than the CPI. If you look at the ONS site here you will see that the RPI is currently running at 4.4% (and rising rapidly). The BBC economics editor, Evan Davies, even referred to the inflation rate as being based on the RPI - which it most certainly is not.
The whole piece was done in a such a way as to either knock the Conservatives or play down Labour's economic bungling and fiddling. The BBC is utterly incapable of being impartial - it is institutionally socialist and biased. As such it is no longer able to fulfil it's Charter and has no right to further public funding.