BIASED BBC: A Cautionary Tale Showing Why UKIP Cannot Trust The MSM
You may or may not remember this piece from a couple of weeks back that the BBC published under the headline ‘UKIP a ‘sinking ship’, says party’s only county councillor. It implied that Alan Hosker, a UKIP councillor for Padiham and Burnley West. had said that UKIP was a sinking ship following the ousting of Henry Bolton. The piece was based on an interview which was broadcast on the BBCs Sunday Politics show which you can watch here.
Mainstream media has been consistently pushing the narrative that UKIP is ‘finished’ and indeed Mr Hosker does admit that the Party has lost votes since Nigel Farage departed as the leader. I would say that factually speaking this is a pretty uncontroversial statement. However, it is a long way from that statement to the conclusion that UKIP is a spent political force. Indeed, the involvement of Veterans Against Terrorism and the Football Lads Alliance might well be the stirrings of new life.
I digress a little. The fact remains that the BBC did not broadcast most of the interview. I’ll let Councillor Hosker take over and tell the rest of the story:
Last week I was interviewed by the BBC for the North West regional Sunday Politics show. Obviously, the mainstream media are interested in what is happening with UKIP, especially since the EGM when Henry Bolton was sacked. However, I thought it would be a chance to say that UKIP is still going and in my area has a very good local team who do make real differences in the community. I didn’t particularly want to go in to detail about my thoughts about Henry’s actions as leader and ultimate departure as it is done now – we have a good leader in place at the minute and with local elections around the corner I am not going to let it distract me.
I was interested to meet with a reporter when asked for the simple reason that I still believe in the party and wanted an opportunity to say “we are still here and I am still fighting to get results for the residents who three times have voted me as their representative.” Plus we have some great candidates this time around who I am supporting and genuinely believe have a good chance of more electoral success.
During the interview I was asked multiple times whether or not I thought UKIP was a sinking ship. My response was that in my area I have the same support as I’ve always had but since Nigel left it has of course been a lot tougher. At a national level we haven’t been performing. Again I was asked whether it was a sinking ship, to which my response was “I am not going to leave a sinking a ship.” The next day the BBC news ran a story titled “UKIP a sinking ship says UKIP’s only County County Councillor”. True to journalism I should have expected such but it just goes to show that they are looking for a line, a headline.
This was it. UKIP may have fallen in the polls and had a disaster when it comes to the leadership but local politics is about the person and it hasn’t stopped me, nor will it. We can and should be getting into Council chambers wherever we can to shake things up and work for the residents. After all the independence in our name is something that attracted me in the first place. Not just independence from the EU but independence to act in the best interests of those who have entrusted me to speak on their behalf at Council, without having to “tow any party line”.
Two points need to be made. Axing the licence fee, the ‘TV Tax’ is a reform long overdue and a campaign we need to lead. The second point that needs to be made is we CANNOT trust or really utilise the mainstream media to ‘get our message across’. It is a declining force that is frankly circling the drain of terminal decline in any case. Now is the time for us to stand on our own two feet. UKIP media needs to happen now. If it doesn’t then our message will be continually distorted and we will be at the mercy of people who will never be our friends and will always be opposed to the Party.