The BBC has been criticised for booking Arron Banks, the pro-Brexit billionaire who is the subject of a criminal investigation, to appear on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday.
Banks is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) after his case was referred to it by the Electoral Commission, which said there were reasonable grounds to suspect Banks was “not the true source” of £8m given to the Leave.EU campaign.
The BBC’s decision provoked widespread condemnation from politicians, lawyers and activists.
Andrew Adonis, a leading remain campaigner, said in a letter to the BBC that Banks’s expected appearance was the result of “a very serious editorial misjudgment, influenced by a culture of accommodation to extreme Brexiteers now deeply embedded within the BBC”.
“A man under criminal investigation would like to come on and do some spin” “Book him” “Why?” “Literally haven’t got a single fucking justification for this one, just do me a favour and book the possibly criminal prick”
Of course, Marr has form – remember the absurd pairing of Isabel Oakeshott and Carole Cadwalladr? Cadwalladr has done serious investigative journalism on foreign influence in Brexit …and Oakeshott hasn’t. And then there’s Oakshott’s puzzling behaviour described in Cadwalladr’s tweet: