Sunday 2 December 2018

Meetings of minds

Helen Pidd (for old time's sake)

As raised by Ozfan on the open thread, the opening stretch of this morning's Broadcasting House consisted of two interviews, one after the other - the first with Ian Hislop, the second with Helen Pidd of The Guardian - both essentially focused on the 'bored with Brexit/let's move on and focus on other issues' theme which the BBC has been raising a lot recently. 

Some say (as they say on the BBC!) that this is also a key theme for the Government in its bid to get the public and, therefore, MPs to 'move on' too and accept Mrs May's Brexit deal. 

Conspiracy, or mere coincidence of interests?

And then the programme used the Kindertransport anniversary to draw an equivalence between Jewish children fleeing the Nazis and today’s refugees and economic migrants. 

In fairness though, during the paper review later Peter Hitchens objected that "it doesn't really do" to compare or equate the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis and present-day largely economic migration. 

Mr. Hitchens, one of the BBC's right-wingers of choice, was on alongside new BBC regular Grace Blakeley of The New Statesperson. She was displeased by his objection here, though they had a strong meeting of minds over the need for rail nationalisation and the wickedness of "the man who calls himself Tommy Robinson/Mr Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself Tommy Robinson" and the "insane, racist" leftovers of UKIP. 

Still, we did get to hear some boiled eggs boiling, and the bit on the Shipping Forecast was pleasant, moderate becoming good later. 


  1. Blimey. Who in the studio overdid the baked beans for breakfast?

  2. I couldn’t quite see Hislop’s point. On the one hand he was complaining that the news over the last year has only been only about Trump and Brexit, and then went on to say that the Private eye covers over the last year have been almost exclusively Trump and Brexit. Yes, Ian, you are boring.

    1. Boring. And hypocritical. Talking about multi-millionaires as if he's not one himself. Making money out of nihilistic comedy on the one hand and then presenting documentaries about military sacrifice in hushed serious tones. Lastly, favouring anti-free speech PC ideology over Private Eye's previous commitment to free speech.


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