The BBC presenter has been criticised for suggesting there are too many migrants in Europe, when he should have said British people. However, the regulator says it is not investigating the broadcaster over his comments. The strange case of Jeremy Vine and Ofcom looms large on this day in history
Ofcom has received several complaints about Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 program when guest star Nana Akua backed the concept that border patrol officers should not be penalised for failing to save drowning migrants.
On Friday, October 15th, GB News presenter Akua attended the show, where she joined Jeremy and Jemma Forte in a heated conversation over whether Border Force officers should be immune from punishment if migrants die while crossing the Channel.
The argument erupted when it was discovered that Home Secretary Priti Patel is attempting to amend the Nationality and Borders Bill to include a section that would provide officials with legal protection.
The Bill, which is presently being read in Parliament, would make arriving in the UK as an asylum seeker without prior approval a criminal offense.
It’s ‘fair enough,’ according to Akua, to know that if your boat sinks, you won’t be saved.
‘If individuals have traveled over the Channel from France, which is safe, why would they want to do a risky border crossing and then be rescued…,’ Akua observed during the episode.
Nana was chastised for her remarks on migration (Picture: Channel 5)
‘What usually occurs is that they hurl themselves overboard, forcing them to conduct a rescue effort, which is required by maritime law.’
‘I personally think… look, as long as you know that if you come across, you won’t be rescued if your boat sinks, I think that’s fair enough, and that’s why they’re saying if they come across with jet skis, they won’t be rescued,’ she continued. “I personally think… look, as long as you know that if you come across, you won’t be rescued if your boat sinks, I think that’s fair enough
Border Force agents have been trained by the Home Office to force tiny migrant boats back (Picture: PA)
‘If @Nanaakua1’s objection is entirely with the safety of the migrants arriving from France, I suppose she’d accept the UK supporting refugees to travel to the UK straight from the nations they are fleeing?’ a viewer subsequently explained.
‘Yes, I would.. a good mechanism that would allow them to come to the UK securely and make human trafficking groups obsolete,’ she answered.
Many viewers turned to social media to express their displeasure at Nana’s remarks, with one writing: “If someone is drowning in front of you and you have the capacity to rescue them, you save them.” Every single time. That’s all there is to it.’
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‘Anyone who would stand by and watch another person drown while having the power to help them has no place in a civilised society,’ said another.
167 individuals complained to Ofcom over last week’s episode, according to the broadcaster.
On Channel 5, Jeremy Vine airs daily at 9.15 a.m.
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