As a result of the Tories not actually taking action to permanently hobble the hated BBC, the Murdoch shilling-takers have clearly been instructed to step up their assault on the Corporation, but here a problem enters. The Sun and Times can only generate so much hate from within their own ranks, so today outside help has been brought in, with the appearance in the former paper of James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole.
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Del Boy has brought forth “Bloated Beeb websites are a recipe for leftie domination”, but sadly for the Murdoch poodles, he has also brought forth a significant amount of falsehood and misinformation too, as will be shown. He starts by putting the boot into Billy Bragg and Jack Monroe “Not because they are nasty or evil but because they are classic examples of nanny-state Britain, well-meaning fools who sincerely believe the only way to create a better society is with yet more handouts from the public sector”.
Staying classy, then. But do go on. “To listen to campaigners, you would think the only place on Earth you can find a decent recipe is the BBC Food website … And they are right, up to a point … Most of us have tried some of these … They are tried and tested … They work … But so they ruddy well ought to … We have paid for it all, millions of pounds a year, via our licence fee”. Millions? It’s £145.50 a year, Del.
And that is where he goes wrong, continuing “The idea the BBC is providing some incredible free social service is a nonsense”. Nobody suggests that. We paid our £145.50 - or did he forget that? He certainly forgot his 20th Century history, as he claims without the BBC “All it would mean is the internet traffic would go to cookery sites run by private enterprise rather than to a leftover from 1920s ‘Big Brother’ Britain”.
Nineteen Eighty Four, the novel from which we get the idea of “Big Brother”, was published in 1949. And that is not the only whopper: “We are often told - by the BBC, mostly - that the service it offers is the ‘envy of the world’”. No, that phrase is the one wheeled out by sneering right-wing pundits when the Beeb messes something up (the phrase is also used by detractors of the NHS whenever something goes wrong there).
Then he goes totally gaga: “But in truth the BBC is - and has been for years - the propaganda arm of the metropolitan, politically correct elite whose trendy leftist obsessions are often of little interest to people in the country at large … This bias - pro-EU, anti-business, captured by the money-grabbing voluntary sector”. What obsessions? What bias? We don’t find out. He can’t provide any. Or evidence of that bias.
But we do get “the BBC’s protected, heavily subsidised - to the tune of £4.8billion last year - near-monopoly”. It’s not subsidised, and, as we have ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and others in the marketplace, it’s not protected either. And Del’s BBC rant would not be complete without “How are commercial news- papers expected to compete when the BBC, with its eye-watering online budget of £201million”. What has hurt newspapers is the decline in advertising revenue - and the BBC does not carry adverts.
Del, in any case, doesn’t think the BBC should have an online presence. “Since when was it the BBC’s job to have a website, anyway?” he bleats. “It is supposed to be a broadcaster, not a publisher”. Er, since when was it newspapers’ jobs to have a broadcast presence? Or did Del forget all those podcasts he participates in, and then promotes?
Then we get another whopper at the end: “James Delingpole writes for the Spectator”. It would be more correct to say that he writes first and foremost for Breitbart, the batshit collective peddling climate change denial, UKIP propaganda, and a variety of right-wing bigotry. So he’s ideal Sun material, then - totally out of touch with reality.
Still, he gets paid for it, and it meets the demands of Creepy Uncle Rupe, so that’s all right, then.