BBC chooses Cameron

Sheep-like corporation shows its hand

Final proof that my colleague Mehdi Hasan is right to deny that the BBC is "left-wing" (and that instead, as I have been saying, groupthink has made it fall in love with the Conservative Party) came with an item on Tuesday night's News at Ten, which was advertised as an explanation of the "battle lines" at the next general election.

Both David Cameron and Alistair Darling gave major speeches today about public spending. The Tory leader focused on the issue of curbing subsidised food in parliament, a genuine disgrace, but one he bizarrely blamed on "Labour". The Chancellor outlined the government's approach to public spending in future years. Arguably more important. But for some reason, the flagship bulletin decided to lead instead with the Cameron charm offensive -- which admittedly allowed the political editor, Nick Robinson, to film Cameron putting away a box of cereal at the start of the day.

I have had some experience of the vast BBC, having worked ons Question Time for a year (read my opinion on the BNP invitation in the next issue of the NS). I know that the truth that dare not speak its name is that it is far too disorganised to be "biased" in any direction. But Tuesday's News at Ten is a tiny example of literally scores I have seen in recent years and months which show that the corporation is now treating Cameron's unchanged Tory party as, if not quite a government, beyond any doubt a government-in-waiting.

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.