The BBC looks to be letting bad news go under the radar where Labour is concerned.
The Telegraph reports, it’s their top story just now, that Labour activists were told ‘Don’t mention the economy’ on the doorstep when out campaigning….saying ‘It’s not our strong point.’
The revelation, made at a party conference addressed by Ed Miliband, will heap fresh pressure on the party following claims activists were told not to talk about immigration when canvassing constituents during the election campaign.
Cecil Jenkins, a Labour Party member from Hampstead, asked Mr Miliband, following the leader’s keynote speech at the Fabian Society’s New Year Conference, why the ban on talking to the economy had been introduced.
He told him that local Labour activists have been advised by the London regional party not to talk to voters about the economy “as its not our strong point”.
Mr Jenkins said: “We’ve been told by the London region not to talk about the economy. Can this conceivably be true?”
Here is the BBC’s report of Miliband’s speech…
No mention of the unwelcome comments by the Labour activist but the BBC do report, not Miliband running from the debate on the economy, but instead it is the Tories…
‘Running from debates’
Mr Miliband also described the Conservative leader as “running from debates” because “he knows he has failed”.
He joked: “Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid TV election debates.”
The prime minister has said he won’t take part in the debates ahead of May’s general election unless the Green Party is also included.
Mr Miliband said of the PM: “He is neither proud of his record nor confident of his future.”
So no comment at all about the activists and the economy…when you consider that Labour were planning to avoid talking about immigration on the doorstep and Miliband omitted to mention both immigration and the deficit in his big speech you might have been expecting to see this making the headlines on the BBC, if only to dismiss it….you certainly would if it was the Tories…in fact the BBC have been quick to report the good Lord Patten saying Miliband is the major threat to Cameron in the election….thus ‘bigging up’ Miliband.
I wrote this up well over an hour ago..and the BBC has since updated its ‘Miliband section’ on the frontpage…but still no sign of this story.
So good news for Miliband, yep, we’ll report that. Bad news for Miliband, nope, no chance.
The Telegraph also reports this…
Britain’s economic recovery is evidence that David Cameron “must be doing something right”, Barack Obama has said, in a huge pre-election boost to the Prime Minister.
In what will be seen as an effective endorsement of Mr Cameron, the American President hailed Mr Cameron’s leadership and described him as one of his “closest and most trusted partners in the world”.
His comments, delivered alongside Mr Cameron in the East Room of the White House, will be a major boost to the Prime Minister with less than four months until the general election.
How does the BBC treat news of Obama’s endorsement of Cameron’s economic policies?…just this rather snide comment by Nick Robinson about Cameron and Obama ‘boasting’ about the state of the economy inserted into a report on the trip, all rather low key…
This is the day when the argument about the British economy travels across the Atlantic.
A day on which the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have written a joint article in The Times boasting of how they’ve worked closely together to restore economic growth and to improve “living standards” – language which Labour has tried so hard to own and will be frustrated to see the White House sharing with Downing Street.
Any thoughts on why the BBC seems to have downplayed, practically ignored, this story when it seems to be highly relevant and is good news for the Tories as the Telegraph notes…‘ a major boost to the Prime Minister with less than four months until the general election.’ and considering that Nick Robinson recognises it is bad news for Labour….‘language which Labour has tried so hard to own and will be frustrated to see the White House sharing with Downing Street.‘?