Conference Diary 2: A Packed Fringe and a Biased Media



It was standing room only at our fringe event yesterday. On the panel were Steve Baker, Andrea Jenkyns and Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the chair was Dia Chakravarty. Brexit heroes, all.

The conversation was wide-ranging and good-humoured. Particularly noteworthy was the number of young people in the room. There has always been substantial support amongst young people for Brexit, despite the mainstream media’s increasingly desperate attempts to suggest otherwise. Young people realise that leaving the EU restores their democratic rights and allows them to exert maximum influence over their future.

The mainstream media were in attendance, and the topic of bias came up. A theme of this conference has been an increasing frustration with the big broadcasters – the BBC, Sky and Channel 4. When an audience member got up to berate Sky for their shocking coverage of Brexit, and the Brexit negotiations, there was loud applause.

It’s easy to see the public’s distrust of our establishment media as an advantage. Twitter shines a light on the facade. Spin, reported as sacrosanct by the BBC or Sky, can swiftly be revealed for what it is.

At some point, our news outlets will either need to be honest about their political stance or take steps to restore to their impartiality.

But, I suspect that, like so much which needs fixing in our social settlement, this will only be possible once Brexit is delivered.


“Are you Right, or ‘Right Right’?” “Right Right.” “Right.”

“He’s a Beast. I don’t know where he finds the energy. Two hours on the train and I needed a lie down.”

“We’re not married, but we’re serious – we have property together.”

Tim Dawson is a writer and journalist and the Editor of Free Market Conservatives. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson