The BBC was wrong to censure NewsNight and Emily Maitlis for her opening remarks on last night's programme.
She was not expressing an individual view by speaking in terms of Dominic Cummings breaking the rules or that the country could see that.
She was voicing a view that is held by many, and which - for reasons that perhaps ought to be the subject of a further and much more searching complaint - is not expressed through the BBC remotely often enough: that the current government have consistently lied to the British people, that they have lowered the standard of those lies to such an extent that the lies would shame a child who told them, and that they have come to expect those lies to be reported without challenge by the BBC.
It is time that the organisation made a choice. Specifically, the BBC needs to stop hiding behind the curtain of 'impartiality', and report what is actually happening. It is disheartening to think that Emily Maitlis will not be able to do so in the future as a result of having done so last night.
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