There’s no Truth in the News and , for the BBC, no News in the Truth.
You might have thought that something like this would have mobilised the investigative journalists of the BBC:
Miliband urged to reopen union vote-rigging probe: Email cache ‘shows Unite plotted to subvert Labour inquiry’
- Labour leader under pressure to reopen vote-rigging investigation
- 1,000 emails appear to implicate Unite in thwarting original inquiry
- Unearthed by bosses at Ineos, company that runs Grangemouth oil refinery
The Sunday Times revealed that there is a stash of 1000 emails that indicate that Unite did indeed try to rig the election of candidates to become Labour MPs.
However the BBC isn’t interested and never were…they were only too happy to announce that there was ‘no evidence’ against Unite when Miliband caved in to their threats and the GMB withdrew its funding of the Labour Party.
Miliband knew, and presumably approved of Unite’s operation from the start…..Party officials in Falkirk reported their beliefs that procedures were not being followed, candidates to be Labour MEPs also complained about Unite’s activities and were told to shut up or face disciplinary action from the Party.
The BBC showed no interest in all of that.
Just as they show absolutely no interest in these 1000 emails that explicitly indicate that Unite were rigging the election.
I can find no reference to the emails at all on the website.
Naughtie interviewed MP Eric Joyce this morning (Tuesday…tucked away at 07:21) but made no mention of the emails…and when Joyce raised the matter Naughtie claimed the BBC hadn’t seen them……and then went on to try and pour cold water on Joyce’s claims.
Here is the BBC Website report of that interview:
Not a single mention of those extremely damaging emails…but look what they do say…not once, not twice, but three times….
1. Stevie Deans was accused of trying to rig the selection of the next Labour candidate in Falkirk, although an investigation cleared Unite.
2. Mr Deans was suspended from the Labour Party but was later cleared by an investigation and reinstated.
3. The union’s chief of staff, Andrew Murray, told Today Mr Joyce had given a “wrong reading” of the situation. He added that there was “no evidence” that “anything untoward” had taken place.
How can the BBC report that two days after 1000 very incriminating emails have been revealed…emails that were found by the company Ineos….and so presumably would be available to the BBC if they could be bothered to contact the company and ask for them?
Falkirk’s sordid cover-up damages the credibility of the unions, the Labour Party, and Ed Miliband
Labour’s leader must reopen the investigation, suspend the individuals at the centre of the scandal and clear up this while sordid mess once and for all. It’s no longer about the rigging of one CLP selection. It’s about Ed Miliband’s credibility as a leader, and as a potential Prime Minister.
Clearly this is a matter of some importance with Miliband being exposed as a liar, as someone controlled by the Unite union….someone who made a big show of being tough on the Unions but in fact was always doing their bidding and when forced to take action against them was instead ‘forced’ to back down by those same Unions.
As Miliband is trying to become Prime Minister such weaknesses, vulnerabilities and suspect loyalties are surely relevant….especially as Unite’s Len McCluskey’s ‘Vision’ of the sort of Britain he wants to mould is a vision shaped by the writings of one Ralph Miliband…Ed’s Marxist Father.
It is blatantly apparent that the BBC are desperately trying to keep the lid on this story and limit the damage to Miliband and his electoral chances.
The BBC is attempting to manipulate the election in 2015, yet again.