Mr. Mark Thompson,
Dear Mr. Thomas,
Thought for the Day, Dec 10th
I write to complain about your “Thought for the Day” slot on the Today Programme on December 10th, with the Reverend Rob Marshall, on two grounds:
1 It was entirely political, with no religious or spiritual content. A churchman whose blog suggests that he is more interested in left-wing politics (and football) than in matters of faith was permitted to hijack this traditional religious slot for partisan political purposes.
2 Given that it was political, it totally failed to offer any sort of balanced perspective, and thus it was (in my view) in breach of the BBC charter.
I object both as a licence payer and as a politician.
The Reverend Marshall is a rather curious kind of churchman. In addition to being a political blogger, it seems he also runs a public relations company. That should not preclude him from appearing on Thought for the Day, but it does not mean that he should be free to politicise it in such a blatant (and, as it happens, naïve) manner.
I am sure that you are sick to death of complaints of left-wing bias at the BBC, but incidents like this show how justified such complaints are. Could I suggest that in the interests of balance you should perhaps invite the Reverend Peter Mullen, Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London, who I am sure would be both more spiritual and more balanced.
ROGER HELMER MEP