New Ukip leader claims British media is controlled by ‘traitor class’ over Brexit

New Ukip leader claims British media is controlled by ‘traitor class’ over Brexit

Ukip’s new leader has claimed the press in the UK are being controlled by a “traitor class” which is “conspiring with foreign powers” against Brexit.

Richard Braine, who took the helm of the Eurosceptic party last week, said there was an “EU federalist class” controlling the media, as he lashed out at the “bias” in Brexit reporting.

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster, Mr Braine cited the change of editor at the Daily Mail and appointment of former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg at Facebook.

“In the last three years we have seen a concerted effort in the media – we’ve seen Geordie Greig installed at the Daily Mail to make sure that it starts to toe the Remainer line,” he told reporters.

“The same thing has happened to some extent at the Express and we’ve seen Sir Nick Clegg getting a very, very well-paid job at Facebook to make sure that nobody can get away with saying what they shouldn’t say on Facebook.

“And we are seeing the press being controlled. You have a duty to be impartial and objective as journalists, so do that because the reporting of Brexit has been so biased for so long now.”

Pressed on who he thought was controlling the media, Mr Braine said: “I think they are being controlled by an EU federalist class – I mean I would go so far as to say a traitor class – people who are conspiring with foreign powers against the people of this country.

“If you look at, for instance, BBC Question Time panellists over the last three years… statistically it’s way off the scale in terms of bias. They hardly ever put real Leave supporters on that show.”

- Press Association

More on this topic

Kingspan readies €600m warchest to mitigate BrexitKingspan readies €600m warchest to mitigate Brexit

Getting new Brexit deal will not be easy, Boris Johnson warnsGetting new Brexit deal will not be easy, Boris Johnson warns

Green Cards no longer needed by Irish motorists in the UK after BrexitGreen Cards no longer needed by Irish motorists in the UK after Brexit

Migrants are always at risk of crossing a lineMigrants are always at risk of crossing a line

More in this Section

Transgender discrimination claim against The Times rejectedTransgender discrimination claim against The Times rejected

BA pilots to strike in dispute over payBA pilots to strike in dispute over pay

Russia’s floating nuclear power plant begins journey to destinationRussia’s floating nuclear power plant begins journey to destination

Boy, 8, in trouble after wrecking mother’s car in 112mph German motorway dashBoy, 8, in trouble after wrecking mother’s car in 112mph German motorway dash


Lifestyle

A parent coach says parents are often the best judge of how to care for their baby – and explains how they can learn to have faith in their intuition.Ask an expert: How can I know what’s best for my baby?

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.August 23, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

Romantic florals to 1970s chic, fun femininity to gothic grunge —we showcase the top autumn/winter looks at Brown Thomas, with a focus on the most exciting and diverse designer labels.Coming at you: The top autumn/winter looks at Brown Thomas

RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

More From The Irish Examiner