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Bring Back Moira 25 April 2007

Posted by David in BBC.

The BBC has sacked Moira Stuart! How dare they! Moira Stuart is a truly fantastic newsreader who has given long and loyal service to the BBC, reading the news in a dignified and eloquent manner so far removed from some presenting these days.

The BBC says “the traditional newsreader role has all but died out”, but this is a bad thing. Moira, who I’m surprised has never been given an honour of some kind (like Sir Trevor McDonald), has a lovely voice and polite manner – which is a rare thing on TV. Her episode of ancestry programme Who Do You Think You Are? was one of the best. I hope they give her some similar presenting role elsewhere on the BBC.

Media Intrusion Splut William And Kate, Not “Class” 17 April 2007

Posted by David in BBC, Comment, Media, Royals.
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I really cannot believe the media. It was painfully obvious to everyone that their constant barrage of intrusion caused the break up of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who was forced to live in the glare of a media which photographed and published her every move – from going shopping to sitting on a bus – while they speculated about possible engagement (Woolworths even ordered the commemorative plates to sell). Talk about external pressure on a relationship. Everything she did, and everything her family did (including her Mother chewing gum), was being analysed and judged for suitability as future British Queen by a media that views everything but itself as irredeemably flawed. In the end, poor old Kate Middleton seemed to be dating the press more than she was Prince William.

Meanwhile, every night out Prince William had with his new Army friends was shown as him neglecting Kate (who was probably watching Friends or doing her hair anyway). God knows what they’d have said if Kate had been photographed out with her friends instead of William…

When the situation started to scarily resemble that of a young Diana – Kate being badgered down the road Starbucks coffee in hand by dozens of happy snapping paparazzi – the end was near. When the media even began to suggest it was very much like it had been with Diana, there was really no escape from it.

As was initially suggested, William and Kate were I firmly believe rightfully told by both their families they had to decide; marry and commit to the life (and get the security protection), or flee it. The painful balancing act couldn’t go on, it just wasn’t fair on either of them (especially Kate). By ending it, they have let Kate free. She has escaped from a terrible life time sentence, at least for now (no one has said they’d never get back together in a few years, older and ready to settle down).

But what I really cannot believe is that, clearly to blame, the media have gone looking for another cause of the split. And what’s the best they can do? Class. Pathetic!

The story that the Queen disapproved of Kate’s Mother Carole Middleton – because she used the word “toilet” instead of “loo” and “pardon” instead of “what” – is frankly outrageous. The Queen would firstly never express disapproval of anyone, she is too graceful and discreet to do any such thing. She has met some of the most horrible people in the World – such as “Lixard of Oz” Paul Keating (who as Australian PM told her he wanted to abolish her and grabbed her under his arm in a public meeting) – and remained graceful and polite. She has read Queen’s speeches in the 50s, 60s and 70s resembling the Communist Manifesto and not shown emotion. She even opened the Edinburgh Hollyrood Parliament without laughing. So I doubt she cared less about having someone chew gum or use the word “toilet”.

And secondly, the Queen mixes and has always mixed with a very wide variety of people across the entire Commonwealth, and has more enjoyment with what these (which Royal observers would see as being in a lower class) than she does with Royal observers like Nicholas Witchall, who Prince Charles described as awful. The Queen particularly likes people with horses, and there are few interests with a more mixed socially bunch of people than the horse World. If anyone it’s the Royal observers who disliked the Middleton’s “class”, not the Queen.

The Telegraph is strangely very interested in the “class story”, which I find odd for them. According to their Which Class Are You?survey I “probably have a coat of arms” (I have a coat and two arms, does that count?) and am just 50 points short of being Duke of Devonshire (because I don’t have any children to send to school, and have a PlayStation and not a dressing up box – a dressing up box is a bit odd for a Duke isn’t it?).

Life On Mars Or Life On Meacher? 11 April 2007

Posted by David in BBC, Labour.
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Last night BBC1’s 1973-fest Life On Mars came to a surreal and strange but in keeping conclusion, where the answer to whether Sam Tyler was “mad, in a coma or back in time” was revealed as any or all of the above. Personally I think it was all a dream while he was in a coma, he recovered, and now he’s died and gone back to it (the dream). But if you’ll be missing your weekly dose of 1973 nostalgia and total surreal strangeness, there’s always Life On Meacher.

The 68 year old left wing disaster area, far worse to watch than any accident, has had an article in The Times and claims to be modern with his blog and glossy leadership campaign website (but curiously lacks a photo on Wikipedia). He calls for equality, spewing out statistics on executives of FTSE 100 companies and the poverty linelike a mildly angered volcano. He wrote in his book, Socialism with a Human Face, that “too many people have second homes or too large homes for their needs.” It’s all very, well, 1973.

Because where was Michael Meacher in 1973? Well, in the opposition backbenches to be precise, but by 1975 he was the Under-Secretary for Health and Social Security for the governments of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, until their disastrous socialist experiment ended in 1979 election of Margaret Hilda Thatcher.

His period in office saw Britain begging money from the International Monetary Fund, levels of inflation peaking at 24%, and unemployment only kept down by huge state created artificial jobs in low level industry. There was the brain drain, as anyone who could leave, did so. So he has a good record…

Reading his campaign materials, it’s like another World. Are they mad, in a coma, or have they gone back in time?

Fanning The Flames Of Hatred For TV Ratings 3 April 2007

Posted by David in BBC, Media, World.

On Thursday at 9pm, Channel 4 will screen The Mark of Cain, a fictional television drama about British soldiers in Iraq abusing some Iraqi prisoners. It’s already getting attacked, and rightly so. Even anti-war journalist Max Hastings has called it “a gross exaggeration”.

The writer claims “it shows, with some degree of empathy…how the chaotic situations they find themselves in lead to the abuse of prisoners.” It is based, he says, “on a number of real-life accounts.”

But what irritates me is that for many, this will fan the flames ofhatred. The extremist imams will no doubt have their VCRs set, ready to tape the programme and replay it to their followers. Others will watch it and be lead to become new followers.  For some at least, this fictional drama will prove the stories and their suspicious, and thus encourage more attacks both here and in Iraq.

Writers and broadcasters should think before fanning the flames of hatred.

The Trap: Whatever Happened To Our Dreams Of Freedom? 29 March 2007

Posted by David in BBC.

Last night I watched all three parts of “The Trap: Whatever Happened To Our Dreams Of Freedom?” by Adam Curtis. Sadly I was very disappointed.

The series was based around this premise basically (but greatly elaborated with various irrelevant information thrown in); politicians and economists have concluded that we’re all selfish individuals, and so created choice in public services to drive up standards. This lead to the bad targets lead culture of New Labour, which lead to “welcome nurses” so everyone was seen by someone within 3 hours at A&E, crimes being reclassified as occurrences, corridors renamed wards etc – just to meet the target. He is very wrong. The “targets” culture is not from choice theory, but the centralised obsessiveness of the left wing. True choice theory lets the users decide, not the State and its “targets”.

He then decides we’re ruled by “negative liberty”, best defined as “live and let live”, which has no purpose, instead of “positive liberty”, where the State “re-educates” to “make us free”. Curtis thinks this [negative liberty] is wrong, believing we need the State to give us purpose and drive society.

Curtis is clearly a left-wing nutter. He lists “redistribution of land and wealth” as a necessary part of democracy, which it isn’t under any theory of democracy. In the third part he even lists all the terrible examples of “positive liberty” such as the USSR, Cambodia, French Revolution etc,then says “but not all positive liberty has to end like this” – having just explained how it does.

His advice for us is truly alarming. Please BBC2, no more of Mr Adam Curtis.

Guido on Newsnight 29 March 2007

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Guido was on Newsnight, having been given a 5 minute slot and a post-feature discussion with Paxman and Michael White from the Guardian. Guido’s main argument was that political reporters such as the Newsnight gang and Nick Robinson are too close and chummy with their sources and the politicians in question, and so fail to report accurately or ask sufficiently probing questions for fear of burning their bridges with them.

This charge was effectively accepted, with Nick Robinson admitting all journalists need to keep in with their contacts, and Adam Boulton admitting Sky were put “in the freezer” after a bad interview with Cameron. But they then went on the offensive, Paxman and Nick Robinson branding Guido a “conspiracy theorist” who needs to “grow up”. Sadly there is often truth in Guido’s theories.

Robinson declared he does ask the deep questions when the story calls for it. But unless you ask the questions on the off chance of the rumour being true, there isn’t a story to ever get serious. 

But the manner in which Paxman, Robinson and White acted is truly disgusting. They became loud, angry and visibly rattled by any accusations they were too close to politicians. They were not happy at all.

Guess What, More BBC Bias on the EU 20 March 2007

Posted by David in BBC, EU, Europe, European Union.

The BBC is seemingly so unashamed of being biased it flaunts it whenever it can. Just look at this, Ten Things The EU Has Done. The entire BBC coverage of the EU’s 50th anniversary party is so one sided all but the insane couldn’t see it (in fact 2007 is the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which founded the European Coal and Steel Community, not the EU as we have now, but the way they’re talking you’d easily miss this point).

‘Ten Things The EU Has Done’ could include costing the UK taxpayer £12bln per year (of which just a fraction returns to the UK), blocking Africa out of trade and so locking Africa in poverty, rigging prices to rip off shoppers (£12 per week according to the Consumer Association), spending £250m a year on an information propaganda budget, putting one sided ‘educational’ information in schools, destroying the maritime environment and fishing industry, grubbing hedgerows and destroying much of the farming industry, being involved in around 80% of all laws according to the German government, banning support for post offices, had people arrested for selling bananas in pounds on a market stall, lying endlessly really, attempting to standardise 27 diverse nations into a single political union…

The BBC must have missed these, and the rest.

My Thoughts On 1997 11 March 2007

Posted by David in BBC, Comment.
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BBC4 has been running “1997 Week”. Last night it was a film with Robert Carlyle and 1997 in Chat, tonight its 1997 in TV. It’s good stuff to be honest – particularly 1997 in Chat, a kind of compilation of funny and memorable news events, guest talks etc – amazing what you forget. What has changed, what hasn’t changed.

My thoughts and reaction on 1997 in Chat; Blair said “I’m a pretty straight sort of guy”, laughter throughout house; wasn’t 1997 awful; poor John Major, he was such a decent chap; isn’t Blair slimy, even more slimy then, so utterly fake; oh no, not the Teletubbies; poor Diana; poor Hong Kong; poor Royal Yacht; the Spice Girls were awful but good fun; Paddy Ashdown answered “that’s a matter for me” to question of whether he ever took drugs, how Cameron 2007; poor John Major, he was such a decent chap.

My final thought: John Major took defeat with honour and courage. “So we lost,” he bravely said, seemingly happy. I wonder what this Labour lot will take defeat like?

The Problem With The BBC 11 March 2007

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The BBC’s problem can be summed up in one sentence in an article today about Venezuela: “I find myself torn by Venezuela – its economic experiment seems to me utterly doomed, and yet at the same time, wonderfully noble.”

Indeed this is the problem with many people, particularly academics. They forget the harsh reality of left wing regimes because they get wrapped up in what they feel is noble. But there are no real noble virtues in socialism, only hate.

“A Shame They Missed The…” 19 February 2007

Posted by David in BBC.

“A shame they missed the…”

I shall not repeat the final word of this quote about Margaret Thatcher, attributed to a BBC News producer during coverage of the IRA Brighton Bomb in the new book Can We Trust The BBC, as this blog has far too much respect for our Iron Lady and higher standards on language, too.

It does however show the absolutely disgusting attitude of BBC leftists. To wish that murdering terrorists had killed a democratically elected Prime Minister is unbelievable. We cannot believe a word they say. They are so politically motivated it’s hard to comprehend.

So too is the seemingly acceptable hatred of Mrs Thatcher. Just last week comedian Mark Steele joked how he leapt from his seat and cheered when he saw the news and thought Mrs T had died (in fact it was reporting her stroke). Could we imagine a similar ‘joke’ being made about Jim Callaghan or Harold Wilson?

There was a good article just the other day, revealing how Carol Thatcher is “always trying to convince Mum just how much affection the public still has for her, but she isn’t convinced.” But then when Carol was asked to open a local street fair and Margaret went to watch: “When we arrived, she was greeted with tremendous warmth, a round of applause, people gathering round taking pictures with their mobiles and parents telling their small children who she was. It was lovely, and Mum was so excited. She was genuinely chuffed, because when you are out of politics you are very out. I said to her: “Mum, you are an icon.”

The BBC is out of touch. Lest they forget she won three general elections despite tough opposition and an eventful policy programme.