09 April, 2010


They don't like it up 'em, do they?

An interesting piece in the Torygraph about reactions within al-Beeb to the requirement to be even-handed towards all parties in the run-up to the General Election, not just the "nice ones" that "decent people" vote for.

This quote sums the turmoil, and the attitudes, up nicely:
Another senior [BBC] source added: "People are very angry indeed. The Today programme has an audience of 6.5 million people and everybody knows it is easily the most important of the BBC's morning news programmes.

"And yet it is being treated like the man at the Lord Mayor's Show who has to walk behind the main parade sweeping up the muck with a bucket and a shovel.

"The Today programme is being used to assuage the minority parties rather than doing what it is meant to which is analysing the performance of the three main party leaders."
Charming. Sounds a bit like Naughtie to me. (That's a complete guess, I might add. I'm just an ordinary other-ranks listener and know nothing, but the quote does carry something of the wee man's self-assured partisan arrogance.)

Yes, that sounds just like Naughtie. The man is convinced of his own importance, on very, very little evidence.

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