Nick Robinson: BBC Made a ‘Terrible Mistake’ over Immigration Debate

Alice Philipson, Telegraph (London), January 5, 2014

Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has criticised the corporation for making a “terrible mistake” over its coverage of immigration, admitting it censored concerns amid fear they could trigger racism.

Robinson said BBC figures in charge during the late 1990s and early 2000s believed a “warts-and-all” debate over immigration would “unleash some terrible side of the British public”.

He told The Sunday Times (£): “They feared having a conversation about immigration, they feared the consequence.”

One-sided reports meant viewer’s concerns about immigration lowering wages and threatening jobs were not addressed by the broadcaster.

Robinson, whose new documentary The Truth About Immigration is due to air on Tuesday, said the BBC’s audience felt it had “decided these are not acceptable views. And that was a terrible mistake.”

However, he said he thought the BBC was “not getting it right” on immigration.

It comes months after an official review found the BBC did not accurately reflect the public’s growing concern about immigration because of a “deep liberal bias”.

In July a report, commissioned by the BBC Trust, found the broadcaster had been “slow” to catch up with public opinion on immigration and leaving the European Union.

Stuart Prebble, a former ITV television executive, said the BBC had probably been too swayed by the views of politicians, who were also reluctant to discuss immigration for fear of causing offence.

Robinson’s documentary will include new data showing the scale of concern over immigration among the British public.

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  • MekongDelta69

    A day late and a dollar short

    • sbuffalonative

      True but the truth is now out and it should make people angry. It’s up to opposition parties to use this to their advantage.

  • ncpride

    “They feared having a conversation about immigration, they feared the consequence.”

    As opposed to the consequences of having your country overrun with a people completely alien to you, your identity, traditions and way of life destroyed? Sure, to the liberal mind, these consequences are acceptable as long as those immigrants weren’t offended by any debate. Wow.

  • They say “terrible mistake,” I say “censorship.” Potato, potatoe…

    One of the things that a writer at V-Dare noticed is that this apologia on the part of Official Britain only has to do with letting in white Eastern Europeans in, while not apologizing for letting in blacks and Muslims. So they’re apologizing for Anna Kournikova but not for the murderer of Lee Rigby.

    What the….?

    • Frank_DeScushin

      Yep, even the critics of mass immigration into Britain are framing their recent arguments around the Poles, Romanians, and Bulgarians. While those respective groups are invading Britain against the wishes of the British people, the bigger problem remains the Muslims, Africans, and Carribeans invading Britain — yet even immigration opponents mask that truth because they are afraid to be called racist. Quite sad, actually.


        The main problems about Romanians and Bulgarians are the gypsies, a population known for low productivity, low intelligence, thievery and crime. And, I believe of non-white race.

        The population is probably less worried about highly educated Romanian physicians, nurses, executives. Unfortunately, due to generous German welfare, the poor are especially attracted and encouraged to get children. Each additional child adds something like 600 dollars to the monthly government moneys for unemployed. A great career to earn like 4000 $ a month just by making children, instead of working on Romenia for 200 dollars. Or in Germany for 800 dollars.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Let’s get to work in the new year fixing our broken immigration system.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, relieve hemorrhoids, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make me more prosperous.

    Get down on the dance floor and do the comprehensive immigration reform boogie.

    And make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

    • Puggg

      Let’s get to work in the new year fixing our broken immigration system.

      Let’s get to work in the new year “fixing” our amnesty loving traitors. If you know what I mean.

      make me more prosperous

      Well you did tell the truth once.

      Get down on the dance floor and do the comprehensive immigration reform boogie.

      Sorry bud, I’m not a keeshond, so I don’t dance.

    • dd121

      Hey Suck, I mean Zuck, we just need to enforce the laws we have not write new ones to legalize opening the floodgates.

    • DonReynolds

      I agree….we need a more comprehensive approach. 1) A safe conduct pass to anyone wishing to leave, so they will not be harmed or molested in the least, good for six months or a year, issued by the local police or sheriff. 2) At the end of the safe conduct period, if they are still in the country, they will forfeit all property….real and personal, but they are still entitled to the free box lunch and bus ride to the border. 3) All property forfeited will be publicly auctioned by the local sheriff, consistent with state laws, any moneys to be deposited in a national fund to pay bounties of 3,000 dollars for any citizen to apprehend an illegal alien and deliver them to the local authorities. 4) No landlord may rent a house or apartment to an illegal alien. 5) No services, utilities, car rental, truck rental, cell phone, banking, insurance may be sold to illegal aliens. 6) Any entity owed money by illegal aliens should make every effort to collect before their safe conduct pass expires.

  • Druid

    Former exec admits BBC censored the debate for fear of provoking “racism.”
    It’s alwys the government that provokes racism. The people just react correctly.

  • bigone4u

    In a rare bit of honesty, the BBC has just admitted it is anti-white. I look forward to NBC, CBS, and ABC doing the same. Oh, and CNN too.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Just don’t hold your breath waiting.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has criticised the
    corporation for making a “terrible mistake” over its coverage of
    immigration, admitting it censored concerns amid fear they could trigger

    Racism from whom? England has always been a 100% White country up until midway through the 20th century.

  • Spartacus

    Whoever trusts the MSM anymore is mentally ill….

    • DNA Explains It All

      That or just evil. Evil is real.

      • Spartacus

        I remember some lyrics from a Marilyn Manson song (yeah, I used to listen to that…) : “I never believed the devil was real/But God couldn’t make someone filthy as you.” Suits these vermin…

  • Emblematical

    It wasn’t a ‘mistake’. It was entirely deliberate.

    • DonReynolds

      You can bet it was not just an oversight.

    • M.

      Even this “change of heart” is calculated. The Left seems to be only concerned about immigration when the immigrants are mostly white (Romania and Bulgaria).

  • Max Krakah

    well, the verdict is in, traitors. The punishment, give their heads to the british footballers.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Let’s do it right, the empty heads need to be given to a properly “DIEverse” countries team of non-white players, lest racism rear it’s ugly head.

      • Max Krakah

        OK, I’m down for that.

  • dd121

    That’s the liberal view, so?

  • IstvanIN

    Put their heads on pikes.

  • DonReynolds

    The debate about immigration policies still took place and is still taking place, but the BBC has decided it will not be part of that debate. Small loss.

  • DonReynolds

    Such a shame…..the BBC has always prided itself on being a reliable and honest source of news and commentary. This completely kills their objectivity and their credibility, not only on this subject, but any other as well. Gutless and spineless, much less biased, is certainly no way to lead.

  • I saw a different newspaper article on this, and the part about “fearing the consequences” was extremely telling about not only the real thoughts the British public had on immigration, but the “lording it over” those people by the establishment to push what is without any shadow of a doubt propaganda and deception by ommission.

    Nanny, or indeed “Aunty” in this case, knows best!……

    I laugh at how they cite it went on since the 1990’s…… what about the 35 years prior?!!

    The mole-faced political propagandist Nick Robinson – who does not report the news as such but “analyse” the news and then inform us what we ought to think about it (asthough to package it into a neat little box of parameters for simpletons) – has a two-segment show on tonight’s BBC called something like “The Truth on Immigration”.

    Pardon me if I make unjust accusations before it airing, but I suspect that it will be telling anything but “the truth” – especially not as we discuss it in sites like this one.

    Given the presenter and given it is the BBC, I suspect this “apology” over “getting it wrong” is just another piece of propaganda in the run up to the show, to make people “think” we are finally going to get the truth on it, when in reality, we will probably get a lot of “balance” and liberalism saying how great a lot of immigration is but how it is effecting certain areas and such, financially and structurally, and how might need to be tackled.

    I shall look forward to being proven wrong by watching a heavily nationalist flavoured documentary that discusses the ultimate fate of what lay ahead and the betrayal of a nation and the indigenous peoples of the British Isles…….Yeah, right.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I don’t know why this article uses the past tense. As far as I can see, Auntie is still holding the lid down on the pressure cooker, and hardly allowing honest expression of dissent. At most they’ll allow the Tories to funnel the discontent away from UKIP while doing nothing about it.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Easily assimilable White people migrating amongst EU nations=Worst thing in the world

    70 years of non-Whites raping and beheading people in broad daylight= Acceptable.

    Who owns the BBC again? Who makes the stories go?

  • Bill_der_Berg

    The debate about immigration usually concentrates on the economic effects. Nigel Farage’s approach is better.

    “The Ukip leader told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he would rather see a tightening of immigration policy than stronger economic growth over the next five years.

    He said: “If you said to me ‘Would you want to see over the next 10 years a further 5 million people come into Britain and if that happened we would all be slightly richer?’, I would say ‘Actually, do you know what? I would rather we weren’t slightly richer and I would rather we had communities that felt more united and I would rather have a situation where young unemployed British people had a realistic chance of getting a job.””

  • Bill_der_Berg

    The BBC is best understood as a pro-immigration, pro-EU pressure group which seeks to exploit certain issues to serve its aims, and to engage in damage control where necessary. This has been true for a long time. Enoch Powell said that the organisation used to hire buses to carry protesters to venues where he was taking part in broadcast discussions. I had no difficulty in believing him.