Before the 2015 general election the BBC held radio hustings in both the constituencies in which J4MB was fielding candidates – Ashfield (myself) and Broxtowe (Ray Barry). Ray wasn’t invited to his hustings, and only learned of them the next day. I was invited to the hustings in Ashfield, where I was challenging Gloria De Piero, the shadow Minister for Women & Equalities. The audio file (55:39) of the hustings is here.
The BBC’s invited audience was 100% female, and questions were asked about women’s issues, not men’s issues, so I hijacked the situation as best I could, and forced men’s issues in there. If memory serves me right, my first statement was redolent with my anger at what the BBC had done, on this occasion, and on others. The young feminist presenter, however, was holding a style of microphone which ensured my voice was inaudible when she pulled it only a foot or two away from me.
So you can imagine my delight when one of our major donors sent me this a few minutes ago:
I note Sophie Walker is running against Philip Davies in Shipley. This would seem to present an opportunity.
As you will recall, during the 2015 general election campaign in Ashfield, the BBC invited the leader of a small party campaigning for men’s rights to a debate with one of Britain’s most prominent feminist politicians. The debate did not discuss men’s issues at all. The BBC vetted all questions in advance to ensure that only women’s issues were discussed. The debate was chaired by a feminist, and the audience consisted entirely of women.
In the interests of balance, during the 2017 general election campaign in Shipley, the BBC should now invite the leader of a small party campaigning for women’s rights to a debate with one of Britain’s most prominent MRA politicians. The debate should not discuss women’s issues at all. The BBC should vet all questions in advance to ensure only men’s issues are discussed. The debate should be chaired by a men’s rights activist and the audience should consist entirely of men.
Perhaps yourself or Mr. Davies could put this to the BBC the next time you speak to them?
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