The Home Affairs Committee have just published a report on tackling violent extremism. "Roots of Radicalism" is published on the Parliamentary website, and presumably news organisations were given advance access to the embargoed version to allow them to craft suitably considered articles. The majority of the MSM, even the Guardian, correctly introduce the report as being primarily concerned with Islamic extremism. A rough reading suggests that some 98% of the report is about Islamic extremism. So how do you imagine the BBC reports the publication on its website? Correct. "MPs fear far right terror threat". As a distortion of the truth, it's up there with "WWII bomber found on Moon" and "Freddie Starr ate my hamster".
Anyway, apart from this breathtaking distortion from the BBC, with never a mention of Islamic radicalism in its headlines, the report usefully defines radicalism as
"vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas"
The report identifies Islamic terrorism as by far the biggest threat to the UK, followed by Northern Ireland-related terrorism, the threat from which is 'severe'. But not a mention of either of these in the BBC's headlines. Instead it concentrates on what is described as a minor threat, with no incidents since 1999, from a collection of deranged individuals, and which threat is rightly classified as of minor concern in the report.
And we are taxed to fund this agitprop rubbish. There's more truth in Pravda than from the BBC these days.