There comes a point in a young man’s life when he must set aside his membership of the university Fabian Club, the Debating Society and those endless socialist tracts by GBH and Tawney and get a job, thereby growing up in the process.
The Rik Mayall persona is a bit of fun but not when supposedly grown people continue it into their, say, employment at the Beeb and make a career out of it.
Whilst it was just the Beeb or the Guardian, that was one thing, a Toynbee known-known but the disease has been getting steadily worse in the last few years. It’s spreading. The Telegraph, for example, employs the egregious Dan Hodges – for what? His journalistic skills?
These days I still visit the Telegraph and Mail but not for the articles – more for the comments sections. Excise the trolls and those who are belligerent to fellow commenters and there remain some quite to-the-point and witty things written.
In fact, if a post does not have a comments section these days, I click out. Take the issue of Paxman moving on/sacked/disgusted etc.
# I always thought that Jeremy Paxman was a fair but tough interviewer who successfully challenged the bullsh*t that politicians often got away with in interviews with less challenging interviewers.
He will be missed because even if you don’t watch the programme very often, his memorable interviews are reported and replayed on Youtube etc.
It would appear however that the programme is indeed dumbing down with the arrival of Mr Katz from the Guardian. Is this an example of the soft left BBC appointing another in their own image?
# In fact “Newsnight “has left Paxman. He looks increasingly too serious too challenging and sometimes even a touch “politically incorrect” even bored for this increasingly Feminazi and loopy pc dominated ‘show’ with its dreary “human interest” and feminist agenda.
Laura Kuensberg, Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitless do not hold the audience – far too many like me appear to turn off ten minutes in when any of these BBC luvvie lefty lightweight feminists is hosting the show.
# I think the BBC could call The Guardian and the LSE to get some suitable “names” through the “usual channels”.
# My guess is that this is more about the paucity of credible politicians out there who can command an audience. It has been a long time since I had the time or inclination to listen to most UK politicians for more than say, five seconds before switching over. They are pointless selfish people, they never answer the question, and they don’t mean what they say even when they do.
On that scruff Brand as a replacement:
# Shuureely not the multi-millionaire Russell Brand with his huge property and investment portfolio who believes that Marxism will delier mankind from the ravages of capitalism, Moneypenny?
There was one amusing exchange between a wind-up merchant and a left troll and others. Someone called Fabian Solutions came in with the usual PC guff about how good quotas were, it was answered:
I couldn’t care less about your nonsensical ‘gender equality’. Pick the best person. We’re not interested in silly social engineering
Would you rather go back to the 1950s when women were virtually barred from entering the professions or the boardroom?
This was too much for the wind-up merchant who couldn’t resist:
Yes, ideally. In fact it would be better to go back to a time when they were without suffrage and contraception too. Women are good for many things but deciding upon the structure of society is not one of them. When we have the next civilizational collapse, we must tie a knot in a hanky so that we remember this when we are laying out the ground rules for the future.
I hope you don’t have a female partner or a daughter.
Your hope would be forlorn.
And what do they think of your sexism?
I’m not sure they think in terms of isms.
Order was restored with the next comment:
Maybe, just maybe, they could appoint the best person for the job, regardless of the colour of their skin or what they’ve got in their pants.
For me, those things are far more entertaining than what the pollies and journo hacks come out with.