Gordon Brown today stands accused of NOT being a racist. By refusing to endorse the views of a mad, deluded old lady sporting the sort of hairstyle popularised by middle England style guru Jeremy Clarkeson, Brown has been forced into a humiliating apology for his lack of “Little Englander” credentials. George Osborne, barely able to conceal his glee, crowed “The thing about general elections is that they reveal the truth about people”. ( By that logic his transformation into slug should be complete any-day now.)
Things kicked off in Rochdale, when after an exchange that seemed as dull as it was innocuous, the Prime Minister privately described “typical” former Labour voter Gillian Duffy, as a bigot. Alas for hapless Gordo, the all hearing ears of Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News picked up this remark via a mic that was still switched on. But was hecorrect? Was he merely making a private comment that many may agree with? Because invariably a conversation that starts with “ and all those immigrants from Eastern Europe”..is the sort of comment that can be put in the same category as ” look, I’m a card carrying member of the Whitney Fan Club, got nothing against ’em . . . BUT…..”
You obviously don’t need a road map to see where this ends. However Gillian Duffy, it transpires, does…..( a sat nav voice over is but a Max Clifford phone-call away.)
Sadly to make political capital out of such tommy-rot only plays into the hands of The Tories and the BNP.
Media oligarch James Murdoch, Damien to Rupert’s Lucifer, has given a key note speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival about the future of “media”. He seems to suggest that the license fee isn’t value for money because the BBC actually give away too much free content ???
Yes, predictably he attacks Daddy’s “nemesi” hurling cliched brickbats at familiar targets such as the BBC, Virgin Media, your Aunt Joyce and anybody who might not wish to embrace the Sky TV “lifestyle choice philosophy” of a KFC bucket of deep fried chickens feet, “Nuts” and “Zoo” laddishness, lots of piss weak overpriced lager and Tim Lovejoy-lite presenters (if Tim Lovejoy-lite is achievable Sky will excel baby! ). Oh and “The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision.” Bless, Daddy must be so proud whilst perfecting that comb-over to hide the three sixes on his noggin and unlike Virgin Media and BT who objected to Government proposals to punish illegal downloaders by switching off their Internet connection, Jim-bob wholeheartidly supports such draconian action .. In fact he thinks they should be executed, live on a new Sky TV reality show “Britains Stupidest Downloaders Who Pay a TV License Fee Whilst Don’t Subscribe To Sky”
But some of us don’t actually see “Sky TV” as a force for good….
David Cameron appointed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his director of communication to bring his slick, oiley and some might say underhand, tabloid skills to run the Tory media machine. He may now be forced to sack him , rather like Alastair Campbell, it appears the spin doctor has become the story .
Coulson was a free agent after he had resigned as editor of the Sunday newspaper in 2007 after taking responsibility for the tapping of the phones of royal staff by a NoW journalist who, alongside a private investigator, was jailed for the offence.
The Guardian claim that thousands of similar offences were committed, with the Rupert Murdoch’s News International paying £1m in out-of-court settlements to victims to keep things hush-hush and Coulson is insisting he knew bugger all about it !! That view is likely to be challenged and Coulson could once again have to defend himself and face awkward questions from the police if a fresh investigation is launched. So much for the Tories being “the party you can trust” eh ?