Letter: MP doesn’t speak for all of us when it comes to the BBC

I take issue with Lee Anderson MP’s comments referred to in Lucy Roberts’s article of May 28.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 3:20 pm

The Dyson Report shows Martin Bashir behaved badly and the BBC got it seriously wrong when it didn’t address this. I would point out that many organisations get things wrong.

For example, the Home Office has compensated fewer than 700 victims of the Windrush scandal out of an estimated 15,000 potential claimants in two years.

The Government ignored scientific advice to impose a lockdown on October 8 and left it until November 5, costing an estimated 8,000 lives (research by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

A reader writes in to voice some support for the BBC.

According to the Good Law Project, 50 million masks purchased by the Government from Ayanda Capital were inadequate for use in the NHS.

Mr Anderson states that “the residents of Ashfield … have lost all confidence in the BBC”. I am a resident of Ashfield and I have not lost confidence.

He should remember that, although he won his seat with 39.3 per cent of the vote, that means that just over 60 per cent of the electorate voted against him and therefore he should not presume to speak for all of us.

At £159 per year, the cost of the TV licence works out at slightly over £3 per week. That’s £3 per household for seven days of news and current affairs, high quality drama and popular entertainment programmes. I cannot think of another form of entertainment that costs anything like such a small amount.

The licence also funds BBC radio stations listened to and relied upon by millions.

The BBC is a model of public service broadcasting and is admired worldwide. I very much hope it can withstand the hostility of the present Government.

Helen Chester


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