BBC NUJ Strike

In early November 2010, the “journalists” at the BBC went on strike for a few days, prompting this to The Independent:

Sirs,

I would like to thank the BBC for the quality of the coverage put out during the NUJ strike. My one regret is that the strike has to end.

I say this in all sincerity. Having some lesser-seen faces presenting the news made it fresh, relevant and without barriers. Usually, the self-important ego-filled talking heads seem to think that journalism consists of insulting people and pushing their own opinions forward.

Having a collection of news reporters that concentrated on reporting rather than “covering” was a breath of fresh air.

Also, the very annoying habit of having a talking head interview another talking head was absent. This is also a vast improvement, especially when the interviewed is that awful Robert Peston chap who can’t string a sentence together without half a dozen “um”s and an equal number of first person pronouns. He also doesn’t know as much about economics and finance as he thinks he does, being wrong as often as he is right.

So, if I might be so bold, if the BBC has to save money, it should get rid of a lot of the over-priced “journalists”, promote the current second tier people and start an apprenticeship scheme to get fresh blood in.

Seriously. The strike coverage was *so* much better than normal.

Best regards

Paul Harper

Death of AV Support

The Independent’s John Rentoul wrote a piece bemoaning the lack of support for AV:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/john-rentoul/john-rentoul-here-lies-electoral-reform-rip-2127298.html

Prompting this:

Sirs,

John Rentoul’s piece on the drastic reduction in support for voting reform was interesting but didn’t quite hit the nail on the head.

The reason that previously vigorous support for the proposal is withering and dying is the behaviour of the LibDems in the coalition. AV is a mechanism purely designed to give them more MPs. Since they have shown themselves so keen to drop every ethical position they ever held in exchange for some “power”, they have in effect turned a political party into a small collection of warm bodies to be whored out to anyone willing to pay.

The British public are deservedly unimpressed by politicians at the best of times, but when the sewer rats of the BNP are shown to have more moral consistency than the LibDems, then there is no chance of AV being passed.

It is just a shame that the price of moving Nick Clegg some 20 feet diagonally across the floor of the House of Commons is the almost complete dismantling of Britain’s welfare state.

Paul Harper