Here's some Sunday morning reading for you, regarding the BBC's social liberal bias...
Firstly, Ross Clark in the Spectator on John Whittingdale's White Paper "under-reported" target that 10% of senior leadership roles at the BBC be filled by LGBT staff by 2020. His piece begins:
Of all the things wrong with the BBC, it would be hard to argue that a shortage of gay people making and presenting programmes is one of them.
He notes Andrew Marr's famous observation that the BBC has "an abnormally large number of young gay people", and calls the 10% target "bizarre", given that the ONS says that only 1.5% of the UK's population is LGBT and even Stonewall puts the figure at 5-7%. So why 10%?
So why demand over-representation of gay people – and such over-representation at that? I am speculating here, but this is all I can think of. The government is terrified of the BBC. In order to have something in the white paper which it thought might please the BBC’s liberal-minded elite – and so balance the stuff ministers knew that elite wouldn’t like – it came up with the idea of enshrining ‘diversity’ in the BBC’s charter for the first time. Trouble is, when it looked at the figures it found that Andrew Marr’s observation was correct – the BBC’s staff is already significantly over-represented by LBGT people. And so, in order to come up with some sort of meaningful target, it came up with the 10 per cent figure.
We're already pretty close to that situation anyhow, aren't why?
And germane to Laura's point, Emily Maitlis's new BBC Two Saturday evening series This Week's World had a short discussion about the North Carolina transgender toilets row. North Carolina wants transgender people to use the toilets in public buildings schools that match the sex on their birth certificates rather than their 'gender identity'. President Obama is leading the federal U.S. charge against North Carolina. One of Emily's guests called it "the toilet insanity", the other talked of the supports "trans" people have received and Emily invited them to give credit where credit's due: "Interesting though, isn't it, that when Obama comes to the rescue in a civil right's case?"
The BBC is nothing if not socially liberal.
Going back to Laura's piece though, it's a more general point that really worries her:
The worst part of Today is the use of children to push this dangerous narrative. One child said she found being a boy ‘a bit stressful’ so, of course, this means that adults should pump his body full of hormones so he can ‘transition’ to being a girl...
In fact, this was the third time in two weeks that a child, a child, has been used by the Today programme. The first interview was with a child suffering from depression, the second was with a child who had nightmares from SATs exams (imposed by the wicked Tories), and now children who are uncomfortable with their bodies are asked if they are happier as the opposite gender.
This is nothing less than child abuse by the BBC and surely unethical for children to be co-opted into this shoddy agenda.