IT must be nice enjoying all the benefits that come with striking liberal attitudes without suffering any of the negative consequences. Gary Lineker will never sit for 12 hours in A&E waiting to see a doctor, he’ll never have to compete with hundreds of parents to get his kids into the only semi-decent local comp. Nor will he wait years on the council register as people who’ve just arrived in the country, legally or otherwise, are fast-tracked into social housing.
On the contrary, he can hold his head high when attending those fancy dinner parties in his London bubble, basking in the warm glow of self-righteousness, especially since yesterday’s announcement that he was getting the yellow card from Match of the Day.
Suella Braverman said the Nazi comparison used by Lineker was ‘lazy and unhelpful’, but that the decision whether to punish him rests with the BBC. My word, such powerful rhetoric doubtless has the overpaid crisp salesman quaking in his boots.
But this problem looms much larger than Lineker alone; he is a symptom rather than the disease itself. The underlying pathology is the BBC as an institution.
Everything that needs to be said about the wretched, toxic, cancerous corporation has already been said. Suffice it to say they stopped even pretending to be impartial a very long time ago.
The BBC are obsessed with all kinds of diversity except the only one that matters: diversity of opinion. That’s why Director General Tim Davie is incapable of talking about the real problem at hand, for to admit that is to admit there is a legitimate counter-argument which should be presented, rather than simply the woke opinion on one side, and the racist, sexist, bigoted, intolerant opinion on the other.
The BBC genuinely cannot see their own bias, as fish can’t see water: it’s what surrounds them 24 hours a day. If the only people you ever talk to at work or in your private life share the same left-wing, politically-correct attitudes, you stop thinking of them as ‘politically-correct’ attitudes and start to think of them as the ‘correct’ attitudes.
The social diversity commitments are a red herring. I’ve met working-class northerners employed there who pride themselves on being ‘salt of the earth’ and in touch with the working man who were as horrified by the Brexit result or Trump’s election as 99.99 per cent of their BBC colleagues. This is because, regardless of your convictions going into it, once you’ve been marinated in that woke, globalist soup for long enough, everyone ends up thinking the same way.
Take the Channel migrant crisis. For the BBC, the only debate is whether to send ships directly to France and ferry them across, or simply take in and permanently house and clothe whoever makes it here. That is how they present the decision to ministers during interviews. The idea of sending these chancers back immediately or processing them offshore doesn’t cross their minds, yet that is what the majority of the population undoubtedly desire. In other words, the debate is always framed between the left and the far-left, and that is political diversity in their eyes.
I’ve learned to read between the lines of the BBC woke-filter: when they say ‘Asian’ they invariably mean ‘Muslim’, unless it’s a positive story in which case they will always specifically say ‘Muslim’; when they say ‘migrant’ they mean ‘illegal immigrant’; when they say ‘diverse’ they mean ‘less white and less male’; when they say ‘group of London youths’ they mean ‘black gang members’. And of course when they say ‘far-right’ they mean ‘anything that’s not far-left.’
Lineker has thanked his fans for the ‘incredible support’ he’s received on Twitter but clearly he doesn’t talk to many white, English people outside London, because they hate the BBC just as much as it hates them. They also despise the fact they are forced to fund their own flagellation, which is why so many bravely refuse to.
All talk of reform is absurd; you’d as well try to reform a boa constrictor into adopting a vegan diet. There’s no way to dismantle the extensive Marxist scaffolding that goes to the foundations of the BBC without tearing down the whole rotten edifice.
Maybe or maybe not decriminalising licence fee evasion is not enough, not nearly enough. It needs to be abolished immediately. I used to think it was just the sopping wet Tories like Cameron and May, and even Johnson in the end, who were responsible for the passivity and indecision of Conservative administrations, but it appears to be a rot deep within the soul of the party itself.
We don’t need the feeble, half-hearted defensive posturing that we’ve seen so far – we need to take the fight to them! We need someone who will actively push back against the left-wing default setting of ‘polite’ society. If Trump had been in Sunak’s shoes he would have abolished the licence fee and made the BBC a subscription service as soon as he took office. Never mind what the political fall-out from that might look like – we all know precisely what it would look like: the left would howl with outrage and the conservatives-in-name-only would grumble on, for they would have lost their ideological allies at the state-sponsored Propagandaministerium for all time.
As I’ve said, the BBC do not even pretend to be impartial. The fault therefore no longer lies with them; like a rabid dog which savages all it encounters, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of its owner. The ball is in the government’s court: we must put our hopes in them, in these cowardly squishes who call themselves conservatives, to muster up a vertebra or two and finally do what should have been done decades ago.
You cannot reason with a rabid dog: no combination of carrot and stick will persuade it to change its ways. You must put aside the fond memories you have of when it was a puppy and acknowledge that the only fair thing to do, for it and everyone it attacks, is to take it out in the yard with a shotgun and make an end of it.