It’s the way he tells ’em

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I’m all for the odd celebrity endorsement of a political party, even a political party like UKIP. I also understand that these celebrities might not be quite as clued up on the minutiae of policy as we are here at the ‘Paintbrush’. Is there not a duty on the BBC, when reporting such a news story to correct massive errors made the newly-political celeb?

Today, the renowned heavyweight of light-entertainment, Frank Carson has endorsed UKIP. Clearly this will cause a huge exodus away from the 3 main parties into Mr Farage’s band of “cranks and political gadflies”. Predictably, Mr Carson  stated  “We need to get out of the EU and ditch the human rights legislation”.

Leaving aside Mr Carson’s wish for us to escape the villainous clutches of the EU (which has effectively subsidised his country for years), his desire to ditch HR legislation baffles me. Now it would be easy to caricature Mr Carson as a Stalinist opponent of basic human rights for UK citizens. I suspect his problem is with the way these rights are currently protected in the UK. This is achieved by the Human Rights Act 1998 which gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights. Now let me do the job which the BBC should have done…

The European Convention on Human Rights has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the European Union. Anyone who suggests otherwise is an ill-informed moron or is a sneaky Euro-sceptic trying to deceive you. It is a treaty. It was produced by a huge range of States including Iceland and the United States, many many years before Britain joined the European Community.

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3 Responses to “It’s the way he tells ’em”

  1. captainjako Says:

    Yes, people thinking the ECHR is a product of the EU is as annoying as people mixing up the Council of Europe with the European Council! Like, durrr! Sloppy BBC reporting is so annoying, but it at least undermines the arguments of those right-wing loons who delude themselves into thinking that the BBC is run by PC-Marxist-Europhiles who are forcing a pro-EU agenda on the great British public.

    Also: what’s with your tagophobia? I know I’m annoyed by overzealous tagging, but undertagging can be a similar problem. There are tags in use for both UKIP and Europe.

    Pedantically yours,

    Captain J

  2. captainjako Says:

    I used the word ‘annoying/annoyed’ 3 times there. I think this must reflect on my psychological state.

  3. manofkent86 Says:

    I see the problem. I had forgotten to add tags before clicking publish post. I assumed if you had selected them that would suffice. Revision is evidently turning you into a crank and/or a political gadfly, but we don’t mind.

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