Britain & Europe: The Immigration Question is a predictably bigoted BBC diatribe, aimed at ordinary working class Brits, and particularly those uppity enough to dare to balk at being herded into a growing, neo-liberal, pan-continental sweat shop.
The assault begins immediately when the generic presenter, Mishal Husain, condescendingly informs us that Leave voters are misfits, pining for a simpler time, when chubby children bobbled on despondent donkeys on Clacton beach.
Then, barely minutes into the deceptively named documentary (it’s about the EU, not “Europe”), Husain’s eyeballs roll back into her head and she almost speaks in tongues, as she rapturously recounts the 2004 EU enlargement by the inclusion of eight dysfunctional, impoverished, crime-ridden, misogynistic and borderline totalitarian Eastern European nations. She extols the enlargement thus:
“A moment of unity and of history for a continent that had seen decades of ideological division.”
A moment of unity?
According to who, exactly, Ms. Husain?
More than half the UK currently rues that catastrophic round of EU enlargement, and detests Blair’s toadyism in choosing to inflict it so suddenly on the UK. Many still view it as a deliberate act of permanent national disunity, designed to further Blair’s sordid personal political ambitions.
Could it be that the haughty Ms. Husain and the “unbiased” BBC truly don’t know the difference between reporting and editorializing?
Such an ignorance certainly would explain why Ms.Husain is shown in sunny Spain interviewing tanned Remainers contentedly living their EU dream, but interviewing Leavers in sterile offices or on UK streets, in front of a Corals, and generally complaining.
It would also explain why we find Ms. Husain sitting, relaxed, coat off, all domesticated-like, at the dinner table of a wholesome, pro-EU Polish immigrant family, sipping borsht and laughing indulgently at their cute child’s awkward on-camera performance, when, previously, Ms. Husain had been standing, coat on, awkwardly holding a cup of tea in the cluttered kitchen of a Leave family’s run–down home.
You could say that’s just the way things were. But would the BBC have dared to have reversed that Leave and Remain imagery? There are certainly Leavers out there with nice kitchens and cute kids Ms. Husain could have visited.
And is the BBC ever going to acknowledge that not every young Brit is fretting over what they’ll do on their gap year in Paris before heading off to college and then on to home ownership, parenthood, middle management and death?
According to this “documentary”, immigration simply doesn’t affect the nearly 1 million young Brits from non-BBC presenter households who would like to, but can’t, go straight from school to working because so many entry-level jobs are now reserved for and taken by experienced and much cheaper EU migrants.
This kind of BBC editing illustrates the detachment it has from we, the great unwashed, which has made the BBC useless — a liability, even — to the bulk of the British public it is supposed to serve.
Even the migration statistics Ms. Husain disfigures and strews across this “documentary” are, at best, political guesses, detached from the “truth” that Ms. Husain pretends they support. But she doesn’t tell us that. Why would she?
That cynical omission just about sums up this BBC “investigation”.
From Ms. Husain’s (faked?) orgasmic proclamation of EU peace and unity, to her subtle nodding as MP Alan Johnson — a devout pro-EU xenophobe and black belt liar to whom the BBC dutifully gives the last word — labels mere discussion of immigration policy a “political weapon”, this documentary is classic BBC, pro-globalizer propaganda.
CUT TO CLOSING SHOT: White Cliffs of Dover. Generic presenter staring contemplatively out to sea.
The decision to Remain or Leave, Ms. Husan assures us in an authoritative, omniscient voice-over, is ours. Implicit in her words, however, rings the phrase: But it shouldn’t be.