THERE have been voices – well, let’s be honest – siren voices, all urging us to watch the Women’s World Cup, which concludes this weekend. And pretty much non-stop for anyone foolish enough to listen to the BBC’s Today programme last week.
Perhaps the last word on this should be that two of the national women’s teams lost to 15-year-old schoolboys in friendly competitions in the USA and Australia. And the USA are in tomorrow’s final! Whether or not the meaning of this is that viewers have been exposed to a global tournament of soccer at a sub-secondary school level is a matter for debate.
The best television is always worth staying up for.
Hot on the heels of Guido’s Tom Harwood making his debut on the BBC’s Question Time, the BBC’s This Week featured one Benedicte Paviot as the guest on the programme’s ‘Take of the Week’ segment. In this the France 24 UK correspondent provided the standard form of euro-sneer over Brexit, decrying this country and its current EU policy. What followed was must-see television.
It encapsulated the whole problem with the EU, which its habit of using back-room deals to promote failed politicians to executive office without the inconvenience of a public vote of any description. This is but a short excerpt:
The whole programme is on the BBC’s iPlayer here.
There may be method in the apparent madness of elevating failed or dubious politicians to high office in the EU. They might be merely the front for the unelected officials and technocrats who hold the real power over millions of lives. As such, proven ability at leadership would be a disqualification. The EU was created as a response to political leadership, not its consolidation. They do not want politicians who can grip and elevate an audience into a frenzy of enthusiasm. They want its polar opposite. The people of Europe are to be bored into submission. These appointees are probably window-dressing hinting at some form of democracy somewhere. They have all been elected using a democratic process, although probably not as directly as we do over here. Instead they have risen on the coat-tails of a party ticket. While we will vote for parties before personalities over here, we do have the opportunity to vote against a disagreeable personality, a freedom that has been largely withdrawn from peoples across Europe.
This Week will be ending for ever this summer, to be replaced by a televisual version of a podcast. This is a tragedy and a travesty. This Week is without doubt the best political programme on British television and the nation will be all the poorer for its passing. Who knows? Perhaps This Week will be reincarnated on another channel or service in the same way that Top Gear became The Grand Tour on Amazon. However, online streaming services don’t do national politics, and the post-Murdoch Sky News has shifted to the Left, rivalling Channel 4 these days for ideology in its news output. Will Neil & Co move to ITV? If not, public political discourse will soon be experiencing a huge loss.