Sunday 17 February 2019

Down with the kids

I wasn't greatly surprised to find the BBC and The Guardian being of one mind on those climate-protesting, Mrs-May-effing truants during the Andrew Marr paper review this morning, or that Camilla from the Telegraph was the only one expressing any reservations. Very BBC/Guardian

Anushka Asthana, The Guardian: But can I just say, right, all those politicians who are getting so angry about these kids, anyone with kids - and anyone else - probably knows that the Friday before half term is not an educationally enriching day at school. And one of the most educationally-enriching things kids can do is get involved in political action on the biggest issue and the biggest crisis facing our planet. 
Andrew Marr, BBC: They are right about this.
Anushka Asthana, The Guardian: They're really right. An the idea that politicians - and a lot of them were Conservatives - coming out and saying, well, they're acting truant,  on the Friday before half term, I think totally misses the point. And for a party that needs to attract young people I feel like they should have taken a different attitude. 
Vicky Young, BBC: I was surprised they came out so forcefully. Actually, Cabinet ministers doing that. I was surprised at them doing it. 
Camilla Tominey, Daily Telegraph: Although you have to make sure the kids are safe. There was an argument to say some of them had been running off to protest and no one knew where they were, which is slightly concerning from a safeguarding... 
Vicky Young, BBC: (interrupting) At least they're engaged!
Andrew Marr, BBC: We are down with the kids - which you can't always say for The Andrew Marr Show

Meanwhile, our old friend DB posted a string of tweets from an effusive BBC politics journalist called Joey D'Urso a couple of days ago. I was about to screengrab them and post them here but Joey has now deleted them. In them he gushed that the protests were "really quite something", that the children skipping school were "righteously angry" and he "doubts they're going away" and, all in all, he said he finds it all "genuinely quite humbling". But, perhaps as a result of DB pointing them out, Joey D'Urso has now sent his opinions down the memory hole. 


And....Friday night's Newsnight saw Katie Razzall (prior to reading out that half-apology to Richard Tice) called the protests "sobering":
Taking to the streets - the young pit themselves against the old, in the interests of the planet. Is climate change becoming the inter-generational battle of our times? It's sobering to see our children walking out of their classes in protest at how they think the grown ups have failed to protect their futures. Is what they're asking of us hopelessly naive, or just brutally true? 

It seems to have dawned on Mr D'Urso at least that it might be questionable in terms of BBC impartiality, but Vicky Young, Andrew Marr and Katie Razzall still seem to think that it's absolutely fine for them to express their support for these protests. 

Is it?


  1. Some deleted tweets were caught, cos politicians retweeted and then gets caught by Politwoops but without images
    Wow this is really quite something. Thousands and thousands of children protesting against climate change in Westminster

  2. After the first half, I muted the party political broadcast on behalf of The Guardian. And I'm glad I didn't have the misfortune to hear the grandiloquent spinning from Katie Razzall.
    I heard a youngster on the BBC answering a question about why they are doing it, by saying that they hear on the news about warming and water levels rising. Ah, so the BBC promotion is working and is now being relayed back to them by the youth and Razzell can spin it into something of immense import.

    Meanwhile no one is doing anything in the actual streets; around here anyway, the young continue to be ferried to and from school in ever more imposing Chelsea tractors, and back and forth between school and sports grounds in convoys of coaches; they gather in knots smoking drugs and dropping drinks containers and litter without a care; and a new growing source of pollution from people young and old is the habit of sitting in cars, vans and lorries for lengthy spells with their engine running while communing with their phones. And they never protest about that.
    This day out of school was spread via facebook or wherever these online things happen, from an activist somewhere in Europe; it caught on and who wouldn't love a day out of school and feeling virtuous at the same time? Press attention a bonus. Cynical, moi?

  3. A teacher friend of mine was asked about whether her pupils had been on strike. She said that they were far too self-absorbed to be interested.
    I suspect that her experience was replicated across most of the country but that won't be mentioned, of course.

  4. I have image captures of all (I think).

    Happy to share if anyone can advise the best way.

    Not much luck posting URLs here.

    Can send them to Craig if he is up for it to repost.

    Yours in holding power to account.


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