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2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death.

The BBC have shown various programmes on this great man, respected worldwide.

I’ve not watched any of these for fear of the usual BBC bias against and distortion of Conservatives.

BBC2 broadcast Churchill: When Britain Said No at the end of May. The documentary addressed Churchill’s domestic policies, which began in the 1920s during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Admittedly, most middle-aged and older Britons of whatever political stripe agree that Churchill’s domestic policies were far from ideal and, at times, objectionable. However, when it came to his handling of the Second World War, opinion today continues to remain highly favourable. Rightly so.

But, for a counterpoint, was it really necessary for the BBC to go to the far Left to find an interviewee who so actively loathes Churchill? The Daily Mail reported on the consternation accompanying the segment featuring Dave Douglass, who in his time was known as ‘Danny the Red’:

The most vocal critic of Churchill in the programme was a man presented as ‘activist and writer’, Dave Douglass. He said of Churchill: ‘His role during the rise of fascism across Europe, in Spain and in Italy and in Germany was a loathsome one.

‘It was one of supporting the rise of fascist tyrannies because he had seen socialism and communism as the enemy of his class and he had seen fascism as its ally.’


Douglass also spoke crudely about Churchill’s fondness for brandy during the war.

Few people today know who Douglass was or is. There are other, more credible critics of Churchill one could have interviewed who would have expressed less extreme yet valid points.

The Mail also noted:

The programme also included footage of Churchill being booed during a rally at Walthamstow Stadium, the London dog racing track, in 1945. But it failed to point out that many of those in the crowd were card-carrying communists.

As usual, the BBC stood behind the documentary, claiming it was balanced reporting. However, the BBC are never wrong. Years of watching and reading their responses to viewer feedback have taught me, and millions of others, that principle.

In an era when most younger Britons do not know or understand their nation’s history, it is deplorable that the nation’s broadcaster — whom we finance with the mandatory licence fee — sees fit to distort instead of balance a programme on this pivotal period and great man of the 20th century.


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