“Would you give up a job you loved to fight for a cause that you knew, in your heart of hearts, was probably lost?”
These are the neutral(!) opening words of a new BBC “report” into a man who resigned as a police chief in order to fight the will of the British people.
Britain’s public broadcaster has published 1,400 words about Mike Roberts, a former chief inspector with Manchester Police who wanted to change his surname to “UKRemainEU” before deciding he wanted to set up a political party instead.
He registered UKRemainEU as a political party, but as of November 2017 only has 450 followers on Twitter, and follows nearly 600 people himself.
Roberts effectively gave up his job in policing to operate a Twitter feed mostly populated with retweets by anti-Brexit politicians. The BBC seems to find this story to be newsworthy.
The article even spreads fake news about Brexit, such as the idea that Britons will not be able to live in foreign countries after the UK formally leaves the European Union.
“What really fired me up was when I went on holiday to Holland just after the Brexit vote and my five-year-old son said he would like to live there when he grows up. I said ‘you might not be able to because of Brexit’.”
The article goes on to compare Roberts’s endeavours to those of Nigel Farage, who helped catapult a small set of Tory rebels into the UK Independence Party in the early 1990s.
The piece also features the story of Chris Coghlan, a “former counter-terrorism officer and diplomat” who “quit his job earlier this year to join the Brexit ‘resistance'”.
Coghlan stood as an anti-Brexit independent in the 2017 UK General Election in the constituency of Battersea. He received 1,234 of over 55,000 votes, or just over 2 per cent in a very pro-EU area.
Finally, the BBC features the story of Jeremy Cliffe, a journalist with the Economist magazine who set up a political party one night after being egged on from his Twitter followers. Just 14 hours later Cliffe was forced to hand his plans — of which there were none yet — to a “committee” as his bosses were not keen on him remaining a journalist while running a political party.
The BBC’s promotion of anti-Brexit voices — despite their minimal influence or irrelevance to the Brexit process — is made possible by their forced taxation upon television owners in the United Kingdom.
The BBC raises its income each year by levying a “licence fee” tax on those who want to watch live programming in the UK. The organisation disproportionately targets women for prosecution in the instances of non-payment.
Raheem Kassam is the editor in chief of Breitbart London