Predictably, the BBC has said that it "ensured both sides had the chance to express their views". That's the stock response from the BBC. Even the wording remains pretty much identical each time it's expressed or published. This is understandable considering how many times it faces the accusation of political bias. Despite that, the BBC is a tax/license-funded 'public service' organisation. That means that different standards should apply to its output when compared to, say, a newspaper like the Daily Mail.
What's strange about this ongoing and long-term debate about BBC bias is that, strangely enough, the BBC has often admitted to it. The BBC has even been explicit about the precise political nature of that bias. In the last decade or so I have heard – on the radio - ten or more confessions (as it were) of that political bias from various BBC bigwigs. For example, the BBC has often been described – by even its supporters/fans - as being 'liberal' as well as being 'liberal-left'. What's more, the BBC has describe itself in such ways. Despite that, at other times those admissions – if that's what they are - of political bias are wholly denied.
“.... marches attended by men and women who say they are working class...”
“Officially the EDL denies being racist...”
“Their [Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll] departure has weakened the movement, and its mobilisation of anti-Muslim working class sentiment.”
“I was not making an argument about the pros and cons of immigration itself...”
“I do think it is shocking that, a significant minority of people in Britain don’t think immigrants who live and work here quite legally should be able to use the NHS and other public services.”
"The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world...When you hear the English talk of this war you sometimes almost want them to lose it to show them how things are. … This slogan is taken for granted by the English people as a whole. To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation."
Many British people are strong nationalists due to the powerful influence of the capitalist media and the general capitalist-nationalist hegemony of the bourgeois establishment. With its long traditions of imperialism and colonialism, and its moribund institutions, it can be said that the English are the most nationalist people in the world... The English, at the present moment, are very much in favour of the war and express their jingoistic and xenophobic sentiments freely. Perhaps if they lost the war, or suffered many causalities, that jingoism and xenophobia would subside somewhat.... In fact, due to capitalist propaganda and the internalisation of the elite's values, many Englishmen believe that “to lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation”.