Questions of intimidation and bias are being raised at the BBC after the Conservative leader Boris Johnson won the coveted Sports Personality of the Year Award despite never playing any sport. Just days after his general election victory, followed by thinly veiled threats to break up or sell off the BBC, Boris Johnson was reported to have won an overwhelming 110% of the votes cast. The BBC denied that it was cowing to pressure from 10 Downing Street, and offered its commiserations to cricketer Ben Stokes who had been the overwhelming favourite to lift the award.
“Gosh, er, well this is splendid’ said the Prime Minister, ‘I mean I did a bit of rugger at Eton, and tried the high wire once, but gosh, completely unexpected, read this speech out Boris, signed Dom.’
Junior researchers at the BBC claim that Ben Stokes had in fact got the overwhelming number of votes and that some sort of stitch up had been organised but BBC bosses denied this in a prepared statement read out before the result was announced. Suspicions were raised when Boris Johnson also unexpectedly won the Strictly Come Dancing final without ever having appeared on the show. Laura Kuenessberg tweeted that Boris had clearly done the best dance on the show, without ever viewing the footage of Boris not actually dancing in the studio but speaking at a lectern in Downing Street.
The BBC is denying that it has lost its independence and impartiality, and Andrew Neil has done a special recording congratulating Britain’s greatest living sportsman and ballroom dancer Boris Johnson.