I must be getting old. Whenever I see Chris Cook on Newsnight I immediately think: why is that little boy pretending to be a reporter? People used to say the same thing about policemen - that they seem to be getting younger. Funny, you don’t hear that these days. (I suppose it’s because you hardly ever see policemen, except on T.V., when they’re either actors or middle aged men reading out statements following some kind of corruption scandal)
I digress. It was interesting to see that Chris Cook has uploaded the full version of his interview with Howard Jacobson onto Facebook. (We saw the abridged version on Newsnight.)
I mustn’t jump to the conclusion that just because he’s done this it means he sympathises with Howard Jacobson, or even understands what he’s talking about, but it’s not a bad sign.
While we’re on the subject of Facebook. And antisemitism. And the BBC. And the casual way in which the The Big Questions allows people with vile antisemitic views to ruin the possibility of any rational debate, take a look at the foul-mouthed excreta on Facebook emanating from a certain person (and his racist followers) who was a front-row guest on that programme, when the subject under discussion was antisemitism. The precise question posed was “Is anti-Zionism antisemitic?”
This guest couldn’t care less whether anti-Zionism is antisemitic or not, being an out and out antisemitic, anti-Zionist Islamist who doesn’t even pretend otherwise. He seems like a volatile mass of pent-up hatred, repression and instability permanently at the point of cataclysmic eruption. Next step: spontaneous combustion.
While Jeremy Corbyn is frantically pretending he doesn’t tolerate racism in any form (whilst at the same time attending a rally alongside racists of the first order) .......
.......the BBC kindergarten subsection mischievously whips up racial hatred as vigorously as possible, for the ratings.
Now the inquiry into the Labour Party’s racism is set to be a whitewash.
And the children at the BBC? Will they take a look at themselves? Don’t hold your breath.