The occasionally tenuous relationship between Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries and reality has come back into focus as she has taken to her not-really-a-blog to berate the BBC in support of what she calls “Reform of the License [sic] Fee”. “In this day and age, a tax on the ownership of a television is a completely outdated concept” she tells anyone not yet asleep.
And, as any fule kno, the Licence Fee is not levied per television, or I would need more than one of them for my house, which I do not. But this is par for the course for an MP who told Spectator editor Fraser Nelson, who ought to have checked his facts, that “When she was growing up in Liverpool ... the city had eight Tory MPs and an all-Tory council”. As I pointed out, it had neither of these.
“BBC managers deliberately concealed the antics of a paedophile and sex offender, practice blatant political bias and I have lost count of the number of times their journalists have misrepresented events”. Where do we start? If she means Jimmy Savile, he never got convicted, so he can’t be called a “sex offender”. The political bias is in her mind. And so is the misrepresentation.
But do dig yourself in deeper. “BBC executives conspire to cover up a culture of sexual abuse”. That’s the fragrant Nadine at her nastiest: a blatant and defamatory smear which is actually opinion, but dressed up as fact. Then there is calm, as she tells “I do enjoy a great deal of their output and I know the same is true for almost all my constituents”. That must have been a pretty extensive polling exercise, then.
“The model of the BBC, which is in effect state run television, is outdated in this modern world of media and communication. Such a structure of payment and aggressive persecution would be more in keeping in a soviet style country”. It isn’t part of the state, the pursuit of non-payment of the licence fee she’s making up, and she knows sweet jack about the former Soviet Union.
“It would appear that there is no politician in any party brave enough to take on the BBC for fear of retribution and punishment via its political reporting - in the same way as is practiced by newspapers against individual politicians who dare to challenge or criticise them”. Bullshit. It the Beeb were to exclude its critics and then go after them, they wouldn’t give airtime to those like Herself Personally Now.
Nor would they entertain Amanda Bloody Platell, Melanie “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” Phillips, Dan, Dan The Oratory Man, Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, Quentin Letts (let’s not), Dominic Sandbrook, James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole, or the loathsome Toby Young. “It is time for people to take power where politicians have consistently failed” says Ms Dorries in conclusion.
She’ll be waiting a long time for that bus to arrive. No change there, then.