Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has criticised the corporation for making a “terrible mistake” in censoring concerns over immigration for fear that it would stir racism.
Robinson said that senior figures in the BBC had believed that having an open, uncensored debate about immigration would “unleash some terrible side of the British public”.
“They feared having a conversation about immigration, they feared the consequence,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Times this weekend.
The result was that the audience’s concerns about immigration suppressing wages, threatening jobs and leading to racial and religious tensions were not reflected by the BBC.
Robinson said viewers felt the BBC had “decided these are not acceptable views. And that was a terrible mistake”.