Sunday 7 April 2019

Mark Mardell's holiday reading

Mark Mardell is one of the few BBC presenters who anti-BBC Corbynistas on Twitter regularly sing the praises of, so when he was asked by Paddy (on Broadcasting House) this morning what his holiday reading would be I suspect his reply will have delighted them even more:
Well, if I'm going to be very serious I'll say Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Bastani, I'm going to have a look at that.
The 'Bastani' in question is Aaron Bastani, the far-left co-founder of Novaro Media. 


  1. He's been a BBC regular on programmes like The Daily Politics and was on Today last week.

    Yes, reading far left here reminded me of Jonathan Powell's use of language this morning on BH when discussing the talks between May and Corbyn. He referred to ERG and 'extremists' on the leave side and 'the extreme left' on the other side. A subtle difference in terminology means you don't call the Labour lefties extremists even when you get as far as admitting extremes on two sides.

  2. It would be an interesting exercise to take a head count of BBC journalists who don’t vote Labour. Quite a small number, if any at all I suspect. There was a time, when being on the left was to be anti-establishment, and that was probably a good thing for a journalist to be. But now from almost all of academia and most of the MSM the liberal left are the establishment. You could argue that the people who most of all identify as rebels are in fact the least rebellious and conservative (small c) group in society today.

  3. Would you read a book written by this man?


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