Gary Linker 'to be spoken to' after comparing UK government's migrant plan to Nazi Germany
By Jack Peat.
The MOTD presenter has provoked fury among Conservatives
The Match of the Day presenter, who has 8.6 million followers on Twitter, commented on a video put out by UK home secretary Suella Braverman in which she unveiled new controversial plans to stop migrant boats crossing the Channel.
Under the proposed legislation, anyone arriving in Britain by crossing the Channel in a small boat – or any other unauthorised means – would no longer be able to claim asylum in the UK.
Instead, they would only be eligible for asylum in a “safe” third country, such as Rwanda, and be handed a lifetime ban on citizenship or re-entry to the UK and potentially jail time.
Responding to the plans, Lineker tweeted:
“Good heavens, this is beyond awful.”
He then replied to a user who challenged him because it was “easy to pontificate when it doesn’t affect you”.
Good heavens, this is beyond awful. https://t.co/f0fTgWXBwp
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 7, 2023
“There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries.
“This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?”
The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
'BBC urged to sack Lineker after ‘Nazi’ migrant jibe'#TomorrowsPapersToday
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— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 7, 2023
Tory party deputy chairman Lee Anderson wrote: “This is just another example of how out of touch these overpaid stars are with the voting public.
“Instead of lecturing, Mr Lineker should stick to reading out the football scores and flogging crisps.”
A BBC source told The Daily Telegraph: “Gary will be spoken to and reminded of his responsibilities on social media.”
A spokesperson for the corporation added: “The BBC has social media guidance, which is published.
“Individuals who work for us are aware of their responsibilities relating to social media. We have appropriate internal processes in place if required.”
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