C4’s Gogglebox shows what a gift universal suffrage is

Having spent the past few months painting and the past week sending Christmas cards and parcels, all I wanted to do was to investigate new television programmes.

It’s doubtful that many OoL readers watch much reality telly — and rightly so — but I’d read so much about Channel 4’s Gogglebox, that I had to tune in. In short, it’s a show about people watching television. Programmes appear to be assigned, as we get a selection of five or six about which household members air their views.

I watched two episodes of the current second series and realised what a gift universal suffrage is to the Western world.

The only people who show any consistent intelligence at all are Stephanie and Dominic from Sandwich. And their dog is rather cute.

The Siddiquis from Derby come a close second, particularly the pater familias. Whilst he doesn’t say much, what opinions he does express are spot on.

Commentary from the others held me in a state of wonder (I’m being polite) and bemusement. The next and last show in the current series is on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 10:00 p.m.

The most recent show featured Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin. Two ladies of a certain age, who do not seem to be among the households at the link, were discussing the actor at the time when the film was made and the late Michael Jackson. Of Jackson, one remarked to the other (recalled as closely as possible):

I don’t think he had any paediatric tendencies, though, do you?

A Stephen Hawking documentary also featured in the assigned viewing. Two people in different households couldn’t pronounce his name properly, calling him ‘Hawkins’, even when corrected. How long ago did Hawking publish his book and first appear on television? Nearly a quarter of a century ago.

In another house, one woman asks another what physics is and what Stephen Hawking actually does. The reply from her viewing mate is that a) it’s a science and b) he talks about the sky. Hmm.

Everyone else gets emotional, what can best be described as jumpy-up-and-downy. The wrong water glass is served to one father, a teenage girl shouts about the handsomeness of a newly-hatched pop star and, altogether, it’s an appalling view of a microcosm of the British — and Europeans. One head of household is a German, and he has some rather unusual opinions.

It left me thinking about what a gift universal suffrage is.

Very few Gogglebox participants could express an informed perspective on anything other than football or I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here!

One sometimes wonders what C4 is up to with a variety of their reality shows. I wouldn’t be surprised if, one day, an influential leftoid comes along to say that, based on what he (or she) has seen of them, most Britons are too ignorant and irresponsible to vote.

We should cherish what our past politicians have given us — universal suffrage, despite our general ignorance (present readership excepted). If that decision were to be taken today, probably only media executives, captains of industry, landowners, celebrities and political activists would be allowed a vote.

Some would say, ‘What about those who served their country?’ Given today’s elitist leanings, I doubt they’d get a look in.

7 comments for “C4’s Gogglebox shows what a gift universal suffrage is

  1. December 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Reality TV is a set up aimed at convincing audiences that the characters and their behaviour are real 😕

    • December 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for the optimism! 🙂

  2. Furor Teutonicus
    December 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

    XX I wouldn’t be surprised if, one day, an influential leftoid comes along to say that, based on what he (or she) has seen of them, most Britons are too ignorant and irresponsible to vote.XX

    Ach! Get REAL!

    You do not have to be a commy shite to see the truth in THAT!

    And the same goes for the whole Western world.

    Even Churchill eluded to something similar, would you call HIM a “leftoid??”

  3. wiggia
    December 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Blimey, your made of stern stuff, you watched TWO episodes of that ! 😉

  4. Errol
    December 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Most people are monumentally thick. It’s not nice to acknowledge, but they are. Individually, given reasoned discussion they can form an opinion but most are uninformed, idiotic dimwits.

    The sad thing is politicians have this off pat. They are experts at telling these people what to think because so doing is easier than thinking for themselves. Instead of realising that they’re being conned, or that Dave really hasn’t a clue what’s going on (people actually think he runs the country!) they choose the nice, easy soundbite option.

    It is time for a citizenship test to exclude such people from the electoral process. The franchise should be a privilege that is earned, not freely given.

    • December 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Ah, but who would set the questions?

      • December 16, 2013 at 5:08 am

        I would. For a modest fee.

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