Blog: Front-runner for top BBC news job railed against Boris Johnson and Brexit in now-deleted tweets –

In December 2019, referring to an article by a colleague which said “black Brits” were “genuinely considering leaving the UK because of the level of racism, particularly if Boris Johnson wins”, she added that: “It won’t be a surprise to people who live this reality every day, and in admitting my shock I show my ignorance as a white woman.”

In a tweet about a BBC interview with Mr Johnson, she listed “five things the Prime Minister said that aren’t true” and in February urged people to “fight for a properly funded NHS”. 

In 2019, Ms Brammar, who was previously deputy editor of Newsnight on BBC Two, tweeted that Brexit was like the Netflix drama Better Call Saul, about a shady lawyer, “but less funny or interesting or enjoyable”.

In January, Ms Brammar recommended buying a book about British imperialism by Sathnam Sanghera “to p— off all the racists having a go at him”, and in March she wrote about “how it’s not even controversial to say there is racism in the British press”.

Ms Brammar has been prolific on Twitter, but more than 16,000 of her past tweets have been deleted. Friends say she uses software that automatically deletes her tweets after one month, a practice that long pre-dates her application for the BBC job. However, the deleted tweets remain viewable on third-party websites.

The row comes after Tim Davie, the new director-general of the BBC, said its journalists should be “activists for impartiality”, and threatened to sack employees, including on-screen stars, who break the rules. A BBC spokesman said: “We don’t comment on ongoing recruitment processes.”

Ms Brammar declined to comment.

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