The Guardian BBC - more out of control than ever?
Poort old Dave Cameron turns up looking for a bit of pre-election puff, and instead has to give an uncomfortable account after his worst week so far, and crashes straight into Marr's "inappropriate Murdoch" ambush. He is of course forced to "believe in a strong BBC with the licence fee funding it"... Although he actually ended up making a half decent fist of it - possibly the best possible outcome in the trickiest of circumstances. Which suggests he is still surrounded and advised by the wrong people; especially the LDs who are continually undermining, sniping and briefing, and a civil service that remains seriously compromised by 13 years of careful infiltration and indoctrination by the likes of Common Purpose.
|David Cameron trying his best|
Andrew Neil did manage to proposition tedious Hattie with the point that Lord Sugar was sufficiently disgusted by Ken Livingstone that he handed David Cameron his one moment of light relief in an otherwise dire week.
Three more yawn-filled years of the unpopular and charismatically challenged combo Balls/Milliband should be enough to put it all straight, but everyone in the coalition REALLY needs to wake up and start doing the right things where the future of the BBC is concerned.
Without even touching on political bias, there is a rich enough list of "ultra vires" adventures (the £40m iPlayer, the >£200m website, BBC Vectra, the Salford Palace of Follies etc), to enable a decent roll of heads after a brief enquiry on value for money. The damage done to the UK independent and commercial sector in all those many areas that are stifled by the BBC is incalculable. All the way back to the original BBC micro!
As for "The Voice" - well shameful doesn't begin to describe the whole story of how this piece of prime tat has been manipulated onto our screen for the aggrandisement of the "celebs" and their record companies.
Nigel Farage on Thursday's BBC1 Question Time (last one before the election) won a lot of Romford support for his common sense remarks - see video alongside. Romford was once Toryland personified, but is plainly not impressed right now. So Nigel, use that 11% opinion poll rating, please change the party name to something more acceptably progressive (how about TMP? Maybe even "the real conservative party"?) and get some of those practical points and commonsense policies at least as well understood as your passion to stick two fingers up at the Euro superstate, while we still can.
The government front man on QT was Chris Grayling, bless him and his good intentions; but Grayling is not known to be a very forceful or impressive presenter in such panel discussions, as he again confirmed. Where's WiIlly Hague hiding these days?
But at the end of the day, in the matter of following up those fateful Guardian "discoveries" that were so nicely timed to settle old scores for Labour with Murdoch for his defection from Labour support, this all seems to be more about keeping a neutered Murdoch & Co. off Guardian-BBC turf than dealing with the fundamental malaise that all the mainstream media - and now especially the BBC - remain far too powerful and influential for the good of the country at any level: social, economic and cultural.
Leveson is just an another costly enquiry about what bears do in the woods, so we despair; and I suspect you may do as well...
Yours, as ever
PS: We enjoyed this footnote on Nick Watts Linkedin entry: