Monday, April 09, 2007

You can diss some of the people some of the time...

A while ago I complained to the BBC in a blog about what I considered a divisive phone in programme.

They have replied. Check it out here.

Are we being served well by our public broadcaster? Discus...ted.

And the losers are...

The elections that will tell us nothing

Last week I was in London when I had a call. Having attended a few local Conservative Party meetings in my home base of South Herefordshire, and muttered about how 'things could be done a lot better', and being under 75, they had decided I was perfect to put up in some ward somewhere I had never heard of.

I was a) not too flattered, as they rather honestly admitted you simply needed a pulse to get in, b) not too flattered, because they had left it until two days before the cut-off to putting one's name down and hence I rather suspected I was not the first choice (and wasn't in county), c) not very interested as I was only keen on making a difference in my own patch, and d) not too interested because, while anything but New Labour is my main motivation, anything else is looking about as equally attractive based on what they stand for, how genuine they are in the way they are trying to represent us, and almost precisely as competent as the alternative.

'None of the above' is not my optimal direction to vote, but having been forced to this choice, a quarter of a voting population is no way to claim a mandate. Though there will be those who try and so claim it... again.

There are going to be no winners in this.

So as a passive victim, I just hope I can sell my story for a six figure sum and bail before it's too late. Now, who handled the crow-eating surrender marines' stories?

Battles. Wars. Who spins... wins.

This Government fights on the media front

This is outrageous!

What the government must do is immediately commission and run a multi-million £ communications campaign to tell us what is good for them... er... us... with our money, of course.

Bishop praises Iran's 'good deeds'

If you have nothing useful to say, don't say anything.

Maybe the Bishop is hoping to sell his story?

Is there a single member of our Establishment not intent in making things a million times worse through perceived short-term self-interest?

The Iranians must be p*ssin' themselves laughing at this farce being played out by our military, the government, the media and now, even, the clergy.

Who pays these fools' salaries? Oh, I guess we do. Surprise.

Guardian - Loot is the foe of truth

One phrase is rapidly rising to the top as a catch-all, get-out-of-anything card, be it a C-list celeb trying to reinvigorate a stalled career on the back of a 'good cause', a mobile phone recycling sc...heme turning a nifty profit on green guilt or, now, a squaddie looking down the barrel of a nice little earner for being in the wrong place at the right time:

"A percentage is going to charity"

At least some of them have had the decency to figure out how fate played out, how lucky they were (as others were not), how capricious the media embrace can and will be, and made the best of it all. To them, good luck and god speed.

BBC - UK captive 'felt like a traitor'