The government has staged an unprecedented attack against the BBC. The rules were thrown into the rubbish bin, and Mark Thompson was forced to agree to a deal which puts the BBC's future as an independent public service broadcaster into serious question. Our income will shrink year on year for seven long years, by amounts that are unknown because we can't tell how high inflation will be over that period of time.Waterboarding, eh? Should volunteers be required to administer it, count on me. After all, it's only FAIR - they've been doing it to the rest of us for many decades.
It'll be like waterboarding. As our head is pulled out of the bath, we'll be so desperate that we can't be certain what compromises and deals we might be tempted to make. We will be at the government's mercy. The BBC won't die; it'll just cease to be the envy of the world [yeah, like the NHS]. That's an outcome which only the far-right ideologues and the Murdoch empire will welcome.
3 November 2010
John Simpson - one last time
I know I said that I'd stop commenting on the crap produced by the cūli emeriti, but this one is choice. The Guardian reports the following from Field Marshal Simpson.