IS THERE any word in the English language that is so abused as “diversity”. What it means in practice is ticking all the right boxes on an ethnic or gender monitoring form – while ensuring that everyone thinks in exactly the same way.
That is certainly how it is at the BBC. Read the corporation’s “diversity and inclusion plan” and you would think that it almost perfectly reflects modern Britain.
It reveals that 48.3 percent of staff are female (against a target of 50 percent), 15.1 percent are BAME (target: 15 percent) and 8.8 percent are LGBT (target 8 percent).
Yet where is the real diversity in the BBC’s all-too-predictable output?
You know whenever Brexit is mentioned it will be portrayed as an act of national harm.
You know whenever a Tory MP features in a drama – as in David Hare’s Roadkill – he is going to be a greedy, corrupt public schoolboy.
You know every current affairs show – whether it features the economy, Trump, climate change or whatever – will kowtow to the Left-liberal consensus, and any conservative commentator invited to make up the balance will be presented as an oddball.
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