Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the past few days, you can’t have failed to notice that the BBC have got themselves into a bit of a pickle.
The broadcaster’s decision to suspend Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker for comments he made on Twitter has sparked plenty of debate.
Lineker’s criticism of the United Kingdom government’s language over its controversial asylum policy triggered a heated row around impartiality.
He has subsequently received widespread support for expressing his views, while the BBC have been hammered for their stance.
Here’s a look at some of the reactions on social media:
And here’s some of the fallout elsewhere on the internet:
- BBC mistaken to suspend Gary Lineker, ex-director general says.
- Why there are no winners after the BBC’s two-footed tackle on Gary Lineker.
- It is the BBC, not Gary Lineker, who have scored the spectacular own goal
- Gary Lineker compared the government’s asylum policy to 1930s Nazi Germany. Is that ever okay?
- It’s not that everyone agrees with Gary Lineker, it’s that he offers a moral clarity missing everywhere else.
Gary Lineker row could be the catalyst for change
Regardless of how you feel about Lineker, his willingness to speak out on social matters should be applauded.
He was undoubtedly bang on the money about Suella Braverman – a hideous individual who cannot tell the difference between billions and thousands.
The Home Secretary’s comments about her new Illegal Migrants Bill demonstrated the despicable nature of many of the people charged with running the UK.
The Conservative Party rarely hides its sneering contempt for the masses – a point hammered home by their antics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lies and deceit are rarely too far from the surface where the Tories are concerned, while their right-wing rhetoric underpins their extremely vile agenda.
At the core of this latest controversy is the government’s immigration policy, which has been driven by people who you would think should know better.
Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Braverman all have Indian-origin parentages – their families were welcomed with open arms by the UK in the 1960s.
Fast forward to today and they each display an irrational hatred towards migration – one which flies in the face of the compassion the UK is supposedly famed for.
Much of their flawed methodology is rooted in their desire to prove themselves to be British, an argument eloquently made by respected author Dilip Mandal in October 2022.
Thankfully, the Lineker controversy has helped to shine a light on what sort of country the UK is becoming under these heinous individuals.
Fascism is a dangerous road to head down, particularly when the people driving the vehicle have got the supposedly impartial national broadcaster on board.
In the short term, people can undermine their efforts by considering whether it is still appropriate to shell out £159 annually to fund the BBC.
Looking further down the road, the next General Election gives the UK the opportunity to send a message to the Tories that their fascism will not be tolerated.
The sooner that day arrives, the quicker the UK can set about restoring the damage these idiots have done to our global reputation in recent years.
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