I wonder what kind of impression you'd have got from a documentary which followed the presumably illegal immigrant who served me in the pub on Sunday night. She was American.
I ask this question genuinely out of interest, and I don't have figures, but I guess that most people working without work permits in this country are from wealthy English speaking countries.
So, if the documentary had followed, say, Aussie backpackers looking for bar work in London or Edinburgh, how would the presentation have been different such that you would have come away with the impression that this was a choice that some Australians like to make about how to get the most out of their lives, rather than the idea that this is what Australians were reduced to because of the state of their country, and they should be grateful of it?
And I'm not sure if the BBC is notorious for this kind of thing, is it not that every TV station does this. The BBC has some remaining quality programs such as Newsnight, and From Our Own Correspondent but apart from that, it's more or less just another media network, albeit with a bit of a public service remit.
And I agree with you about the issue being that most asylum seekers having their claims rejected, and that being the problem, although I think some avenues for legal immigration would reduce the pressure, there are still some people who are not able to go home who are also not permitted to act as full residents of the UK.
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