Election 1997…..and the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles.


I listen, most mornings, to the interminable wittering which is broadcast under the title BBC Today. It is the Flagship political, news and current affairs programme on Radio 4, six days a week: and it depresses me every time I switch on, because (usually) of the Lefty-Liberal emphasis placed upon everything which comes across the news editors’ desks and thence, through the ether, into our homes. Take a typical cross-section of the news and views over the past three-four weeks, and let us examine certain things in detail.

BBC coverage of the Presidential Candidates Nomination; and then on to the Election. It ranged from commentary such as Justin Webb calling Donald Trump  “a racist, misogynist, narcissistic thug” to an incredulous BBC reporter’s view of Trump’s loyal vanguard. He honestly could not comprehend what those Americans found to acclaim, or even applaud someone whom he literally disliked so much.

The incredible truth of Trump’s victory,  which began to arrive on the screens of news watchers the world over, was literally, the end of their world. One BBC news director was reported as being in tears.

The death of Andrew Sachs, he of ‘Manuel’ fame was covered in great detail; with story after story of how funny he had been, how kind, and nice, and how he was a good actor etc., etc. But the one thing which I remember about Andrew Sachs, which was about the disgusting so-called skit covering his granddaughter; with voice-mail messages broadcast for all to hear from the so-called comedians Russell Brand and his co-conspirator Ross, which literally turned Sachs white with fury, and eventually resulted in Brand being ‘resigned’ from the BBC, and Ross suspended for three months: with the BBC being fined £150,000.00 by Ofcom. Nothing, not one single syllable, about that vicious attack on a man, was even mentioned, in an apologetic way, or was broadcast.

But the item which truly took the prize was, for me; the reporting and commentary on the death of Fidel Castro. From a selection of comments and tributes, one would have thought that either a living saint, or a very holy person had died; not, as in reality, a murderous dictator. For literally hours, the tributes poured out, about how he had given Cuba a Health Service, and Schools, and all the rest of the lefty blather. It was not until this morning, when a lone representative of Cuban-America spoke up, and indeed was actually allowed to have his say about the disastrous regime which was Castro’s Cuba. The clip, at 33.30 into the broadcast, is well worth listening too, and is doubly enlightening because it was probably the ONLY negative viewpoint broadcast over the entire time of Castro’s death coverage!

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