Shortly after the 2010 General Election ended, the BBC dismissed Steve Uncles (the English Democrats’ candidate for Gravesham, Kent) when BBC Wales managers realised that he was English.
Subsequently, Steve was also the English Democrats’ Police & Crime Commissioner candidate in Kent in the November 2012 elections.
Yes, the same BBC which harboured Jimmy Savile for over forty years, effectively condoning his unsavoury and nefarious practices (and those of his accomplices), dispensed with Mr Uncles’ project management skills simply because he is English. The same BBC also employed Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris for decades. Indeed, the anti-English culture of the BBC was such that the Corporation’s own ethnic monitoring system made no provision to record the number of ethnic English it employed.
Mr Uncles was constrained to lodge an Employment Tribunal complaint about the BBC’s discrimination in arbitrarily terminating his employment, which complaint was settled without a full hearing but with undisclosed payments and a ‘gagging’ clause.
When this writer spoke to him at the time, Mr Uncles said that the Savile Scandal exposed yet again the BBC’s whimsical and somewhat chaotic operation, exemplified by its Newsnight programme “The Union” broadcast in July 2010 also under the editorship of Peter Rippon bolstered by an un-English (if not entirely anti-English) production team. Then, a purportedly constitutional discussion about ‘The Union’ was reduced to one about ‘national identity’ in which Alan Little (a Scot) did a piece about Scottish identity, and Irishman (a self-declared ‘foreigner’) Fergal Keane did a piece on English identity.
(Mr Keane’s perception of himself was evidenced by his book: “A Stranger’s Eye: A Foreign Correspondent’s View of Britain”. Who says that the BBC does not have a sardonic sense of humour.)
Steve said: “Examples of the BBC’s imbalance and incompetence are legion. The CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) was created in 1997, some 14 years before Jimmy Savile died, but it seems that he was never asked to produce a CRB certificate when being employed on programmes bringing him into contact with young people. The same privileged treatment was enjoyed by Stuart Hall, by reason of his so called ‘celebrity’! With many other ordinary individuals being required to meet CRB standards, this was yet another form of discrimination!”
Steve asked: “Even now, are those adult celebrities involved in programmes which include young people such as “Children in Need” required to produce CRB certificates and, if they can’t, are they asked to undergo a check? As a former candidate for Police Commissioner, I wonder why at least one of the various police forces aware of the complaints made against Savile did not suggest to the BBC and other Authorities controlling Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor hospitals and Approved Homes that CRB checks would be useful? I am also driven to wonder why the CPS did nothing other than decide that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.”
Steve has concluded that the BBC needs a radical shake-up, part of which should result in the establishment of a BBC England organisation to promote England as a national entity in her own right and the English as a distinct and inclusive people.