BBC's Gary Lineker Faces Backlash for Comparing Home Office Policy to Nazi Germany

BBC’s Gary Lineker Faces Backlash for Comparing Home Office Policy to Nazi Germany

BBC presenter Gary Lineker is set to receive a reminder of his social media responsibilities after he appeared to compare Home Office policy to Nazi Germany in a Twitter post.

The Match of the Day host commented on a video shared by Home Secretary Suella Braverman in which she announced plans to prevent migrant boats from crossing the Channel.

In response, Lineker wrote: “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”.

His comments drew criticism from Conservative politicians, with Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick stating that Lineker was paid for by the British taxpayer and was out of step with the public.

Tory party Deputy Chairman Lee Anderson also weighed in, arguing that Lineker should stick to reading football scores and promoting crisps.

The BBC, which employs Lineker as a presenter, said that the presenter would be reminded of his responsibilities on social media.

A spokesperson for the corporation said that the BBC had social media guidance in place and individuals working for the organisation were aware of their responsibilities.

The corporation has an obligation to achieve due impartiality in its output.

Lineker was previously found to have breached impartiality guidelines in October following a tweet about Russia and the Conservative Party.

He has also used social media to express his views on Brexit and other political issues.

The controversy comes amid growing concerns over the number of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats, with the UK government introducing new measures to tackle the issue.

Critics have argued that the government’s approach is cruel and inhumane, while supporters maintain that it is necessary to prevent illegal immigration and protect British borders.

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