Letter: BBC's mythical country called Europe

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Sir: The bias in the BBC's coverage of European issues is even worse than John Lichfield demonstrates in his admirable article about fibs from Euro-sceptics (7 June).

In the Nine O'Clock News programme to which he referred, Peter Jay's analysis closed with a statement that in the end it all depended on whether you wished to belong to "a country called Europe". The same frequent reference to "a country called Europe" featured constantly in a disgracefully slanted Panorama programme, also by Peter Jay, a few weeks earlier. It is a favourite loaded and misleading question asked by British Eurosceptics, which would be considered meaningless in, say, France or most places on the Continent.

DICK TAVERNE

(Lord Taverne)

London SW1

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