BBC blamed for attacks on Poles
A Conservative MP has blamed the BBC for an increase in attacks on Polish people living and working in the UK. Daniel Kawczynski said the “liberal elite” at the corporation knew they had to cover the subject of immigration, but had dodged the issues about more controversial immigration and focused instead on the “soft touch” of “White Christians from Poland”.
Mr Kawczynski is making a bid in Parliament for a national holiday to celebrate the contribution made by Poles to the UK. He is seeking to introduce a 10 minute rule bill, which will hail the efforts of Polish airmen during the Second World War, who he claims made up one in six of those who took part in the Battle of Britain.
The Shrewsbury MP told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “The main reason I am raising this bill, and introducing this subject, is my genuine concern about the handling of immigration by the media in this country. The result is more attacks on Poles, including harassment at work. Nine out of ten immigrants to our country are not Poles; they are not Eastern Europeans; they are from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the West Indies but coverage concentrates on Poles.”
He added: “The liberal elite of the BBC are using the Poles as a cat’s paw in a politically correct world to talk about immigration and because it won’t do stories about more controversial immigrants it always focuses on Poles. Rather than focus on all immigrants, from all over the world, they go for the soft touch, the white Christians from Poland and I am sick and tired of it.”