BBC Newsnight criticised for Dominic Cummings coverage

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Columnist André Walker has angrily criticised the BBC for its handling of the Dominic Cummings controversy.

It comes after Emily Maitlis said on Newsnight that the Prime Minister’s chief adviser “broke the rules”, despite the government insisting that he acted within restrictions.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, André responded: “Nobody cares what Emily Maitlis thinks…her job is to defend a dying, elitist line that nobody is interested in anymore.

“The BBC had principles 30 years ago, the BBC have got no principles now. People up and down this country are being force fed lies about Dominic Cummings.”

He also argued that Mr Cummings was being criticised because of Brexit and compared him to Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, who visited his father for a socially-distanced birthday celebration.

“What is the difference between Dominic Cummings and Stephen Kinnock? Only one of them was the architect of Brexit,” André said.

“This is payback time by the media elite, this is payback time by the London glitterati…these guys hate the fact that Dominic Cummings stood up for freedom and they will never allow him to get away with it.”

But Labour’s Lisa Nandy told talkRADIO that Mr Cummings’ actions had been a “slap in the face” for families across the country who had made sacrifices in order to abide by the restrictions.

Some 30 Conservative MPs have called on Boris Johnson to remove Mr Cummings but the PM has maintained his chief adviser acted legally in travelling from London to Durham because of childcare concerns.

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