Monday, September 13, 2010

Three reasons the BBC News annoyed me last night

After a relaxing day yesterday, I settled down to watch the 10 o'clock news. Now it was going to take something amazingly special to live up to the previous programme, which ended up with Robbie Williams singing Angels, but there were three things about the news bulletins that really got up my nose in a big way.

Firstly, they are giving a lot of unchallenged time of day to Trade Union dinosaurs who are threatening us all with "class warfare" - their words, not mine.

Before they even see the result of a Comprehensive Spending Review, the unions are asking for a mandate for co-ordinated nationwide industrial action.

They seem to forget that Labour were planning £44 billion of cuts that they hadn't identified because of the financial mess the country was in.

Why are no journalists asking these dinosaurs to identify exactly how much money they were able to save us in the spending cuts of the 80s? They just added to the misery by dragging people out on ineffective, costly strike action, costing even more jobs.

Secondly, the aircraft carriers story has been rumbling on all weekend. As I said yesterday, it's ironic to see an SNP First Minister who wouldn't be building any aircraft carriers in an independent Scotland, and Labour, whose dithering and delaying showed a nonchalance to them when in office. Nobody seems to make these points to them.

And, thirdly, the headline about the F1 could have been "Jenson Button finishes second in the Italian Grand Prix and gets back into the championship race" but, no, it was all about Lewis Hamilton's first lap crash, with only the scantest mention of Jenson's achievement.

A bit of balance would not go amiss from the BBC.

1 comment:

KelvinKid said...

I think you could maybe do with a bit of balance yourself Caron. You have chosen to lead this article on only one strand of TU opinion. Brendan Barber of the TUC is arguing for a campaign of action against the cuts but also urging that strikes and civil disobedience should have no part in persuading the country that the coalition cuts package is wrong. Mr Barber's views can be found at


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