The Express and The Sun both report on a BBC documentary to be screened on BBC Three this evening, ‘The Conspiracy Roadtrip’, on some of the conspiracy theories which have circulated around the July 7th London bombings.
From the Sunday Express:
“A controversial new BBC documentary which claims the 7/7 bombings were carried out by the Labour government to extend the war on terror was branded “ridiculous” last night.
“The allegation is one of several extraordinary claims about the suicide attacks in which 52 people died at the hands of Islamic terrorists in 2005.
The documentary will be presented by comedian Andrew Maxwell, who thinks that the idea of a British establishment conspiracy is ’nonsense’. In the episode, he takes “four such conspiracy-believers on a road trip from Leeds to London to recreate the exact journey the bombers took”.
Former Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe has commented on the documentary that “It’s just nonsense and potentially libellous to suggest that these bombings were caused by the government.
“This is an insult to the police, who worked so very hard during that terrible time, it’s an insult to the memory of those who died, and causes pain to their families.”
"At the end of the programme, three of the conspiracy theorists change their views.”
The Sun cites several people, some of whom lost family members in the bombings, who describe the documentary as being in ‘bad taste’ and ‘disgusting’.
The coverage in both papers is very negative, and rather odd given that the presenter’s objective on the programme is to challenge the conspiracy theorists rather than to lend them any credence.
The programme will be broadcast tonight on BBC3 at 9pm. To find out more, follow the link to the BBC website here.
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