Alan at Biased BBC has spotted an upcoming programme on Radio 4 [next Monday, 8.00pm] called Generation Right. The blurb trailing the programme reads:
It's a commonplace thought that the young start their lives as idealistic left-wingers, only to become more conservative with age. But are today's twenty-somethings going to debunk that as a myth? Extensive polling shows that in many respects, young people now are to the political right of their parents and grandparents when they were young. Their attitudes often appear characterised by a suspicion of collectivism and a greater scepticism towards the state.
This programme explores the reasons for this generational shift and its implications. It looks at the possible suggested causes, from the impact of policies which have reduced the level of support young people receive from the state, media coverage of the benefits system, the general decline in collectivist norms since the late 1970s, the rise of the consumer culture, to the role of social media which put the life and social interactions of the individual at the centre of everything.
Declan Harvey, a reporter on Newsbeat, and a team of young journalists examine the implications and ask what it might mean for the welfare state and the political landscape in the future.
Alan says that this reads as if the programme makers seen the the apparent generational rightwards shift as a bad thing - and the loaded language of the second paragraph certainly suggests that.
Still, we've not heard the programme yet, so is Alan premature to say...?:
In all seriousness the BBC has completely lost the plot. This is a highly political programme that insults, denigrates and maligns those with right wing views, treating them as if they are a problem.What editor thought this might be a good idea in the run up to an election to be pumping out what amounts to left wing propaganda berating these young people for not taking the same line as the sanctimonious and self-righteous worthies of the BBC?
Well, I suppose that depends on "Declan Harvey, a reporter on Newsbeat" and his team of young journalists.
Talking about Declan, he's on Twitter (surprise, surprise!). He was watching BBC One's Question Time on 29 May - the one featuring Tory David Willetts, Labour's Margaret Curran, UKIP's Louise Bours and Piers Morgan, and felt impelled to tweet this:
Forget about Romanians, I wouldn't want to live next door to this #UKIP women. #bbcqtI think Alan could be right after all.
— Declan Harvey (@NewsDeclan) May 29, 2014