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How do we know you're telling us the truth about immigration now, Nick?

We're just over a week into the new year and already there's a clear new trend in TV. Television is becoming meta television, existing primarily to be self-referential and a bit pleased with itself. First we had Sherlock, which has turned a clever and innovative drama into something arch and unwatchable in the first two episodes of the second series. Now, we have The Truth about Immigration (BBC2), in which the BBC's Nick Robinson informed us that no one, least of all the BBC, has been telling us the truth about immigration, in a programme aired by the BBC. At which point, any sensible viewer would ask: "How do I know you're telling the truth now?"

It's Robinson's view that ever since Enoch Powell made his '"rivers of blood" speech in 1968, British politicians and the media »

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