An explosive Sophy Ridge just shamed the BBC and Marr

You know things are bad in the UK media when a journalist from a Rupert Murdoch-created news outlet puts the BBC to shame. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday 2 May. Rumbling on The story of Boris Johnson’s flat has been rumbling on. As The Canary previously reported, the Electoral Commission is investigating Johnson’s Downing Street refurb. During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), the PM repeatedly claimed that he ultimately paid for the flat refurb. But Johnson wouldn’t say who stumped up the cash in the first place. The Canary also reported that Johnson said of the probe: We will comply with whatever they want, and I don’t think there is…

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Marr just tried to whitewash the Greensill scandal for the Tories

You may need to sit down. Because shockingly, the Andrew Marr Show effectively whitewashed the Greensill Capital scandal on Sunday 18 April. Ahem. What’s the deal with Greensill? The Canary has been reporting on the Greensill story. David Cameron is at the heart of it, and people have accused him of corruption. This is because of his lobbying for his mate Lex Greensill, who was the owner of Greensill Capital. Greensill worked for Cameron as an adviser when Cameron was PM. Then, when Cameron quit, he in turn went to work for Greensill. During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Cameron got in touch with his mates in government. He…

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Marr ducks truth bombs over the BBC’s dire prince Philip coverage

Just over a minute of truth appeared on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 11 April. It involved the BBC‘s contentious coverage of the death of Philip Windsor (the duke of Edinburgh). And it came from an unlikely source. Because a corporate, centrist journalist called out the state broadcaster’s “syrupy” and “clichéd” coverage. Wall-to-wall Windsor As The Canary previously reported, the BBC went onto an almost wartime footing when Windsor died. Tom Coburg wrote: On the evening of Friday 9 April, the BBC went wall-to-wall in its coverage of the death of Philip… BBC 1 and BBC 2 provided the same content for the entire evening, and all BBC4 programmes were cancelled. Subsequently, the…

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A Tory minister on Marr just insulted the whole of Scotland

A Tory minister’s assertion about the current state of the “union” was a low moment. This was even by the Andrew Marr Show‘s usual standards. Because he managed to insult the intelligence of every person living in Scotland. Dowden slips on Marr The ‘united’ bit of the United Kingdom has been hitting the headlines again. Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has started his own pro-independence party. In Wales, Plaid Cymru has been pushing Welsh independence. And in recent months in the north of Ireland, polls have shown a majority support for a vote on reunification. So, enter culture secretary Oliver Dowden on Marr to lay waste to…

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Marr just witnessed a car crash. It was a Tory minister on NHS pay.

The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 March saw a Tory minister crash and burn. But education secretary Gavin Williamson wasn’t talking about schools when it happened. He was defending the Tories’ appalling 1% pay rise for nurses. An insult? BBC News reported that: In November [2020], the government announced that public-sector workers would have their pay frozen in 2021-22. The exception was for those on salaries under £24,000 and NHS staff… On Thursday [4 March], the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) gave its evidence to the NHS pay-review body. And, as BBC News said, the DHSC opted for: a 1% pay rise across the board…

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Marr just told one of the biggest lies of the pandemic, and it could impact all of us

Andrew Marr just repeated one of the biggest lies of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. What’s worse, it’s one that could help the Tories put in place more austerity. On your marks… get set… LIE! Chancellor Rishi Sunak was on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 28 February. His slot was ahead of the budget on 3 March. But before Sunak even spoke, Marr was already spreading propaganda for him. Because in his intro, he said: Now, my final guest is a man who’s borrowed almost £300bn: the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. #Marr compounding one of the biggest lies of the pandemic: that the Tories have "borrowed"…

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A Tory minister on Marr showed Cummings’ departure changes nothing

A comment by a Tory minister on the Andrew Marr Show was quite telling. In fact, it showed that even with Dominic Cummings out of the picture, the mentality in government is still one of Brexit at all costs – because we’re still the British Empire, right? Cummings: gone, but not forgotten Yes, Cummings will reportedly be leaving Downing Street as Boris Johnson’s senior adviser. The Canary reported that there have been: days of turmoil in Number 10, which saw the exit of the prime minister’s right-hand man Cummings and Johnson’s director of communications Lee Cain Cummings has been central to the government’s Brexit stance. BBC News wrote…

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Marr just let Gove turn lying into a ‘new art form’

Michael Gove was on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 18 October. And its host just let him twist coronavirus (Covid-19) facts, “unchallenged”. Or as one MP put it, Gove simply ‘lied‘. Gove: turning lying into a “new art form” Cabinet Office minister Gove was talking about a range of issues. But as Green MP Caroline Lucas summed up, he turned “lies and prevarication into [a] new art form”: Michael Gove turning lies & prevarication into new art form Distorts @AndyBurnhamGM, defends failing #TestandTrace, & midrepresents EU Is he embarrassed, asks Marr? Of course not, he’s incapable of it Blame others, take no responsibility, Gove’s perfectly on message…

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Marr outdoes himself by burying Hancock’s Mail on Sunday embarrassment

Sunday 11 October’s Andrew Marr Show was missing something. There was an unusual Mail on Sunday-shaped hole in its paper review. But it’s not really a surprise, because for once the right-wing tabloid’s front page poured shame on the Tories. Cue Marr burying bad news on behalf of the government. Hancock in trouble Sky News reported that health secretary Matt Hancock is in hot water, again. It said that: Hancock has denied claims he broke the government’s coronavirus drinking curfew by continuing to consume alcohol in the Commons bar after 10pm. A senior Tory MP told the Mail on Sunday that Mr Hancock remained in the Smoking Room…

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One tweet summed up the damage Marr is doing to the BBC

Another Sunday morning, another episode of the Andrew Marr Show dividing the viewing public. And one person’s tweet pointed to a deeper problem. It’s one that, on the face of it, seems complex – but in reality it’s pretty simple. Marr’s at it again People were not happy with the show on Sunday 4 October. Boris Johnson was on. So, surprise, surprise: Incredibly crass !Andrew Marr opens #Marr stating " A TOUGH year ahead, but it's NOT going to be a BORING one "That is how the MSM, the commentariat & the punditocracy view the deep anguish, social & economic fallout from Covid/Brexit facing us in the times…

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