In response to David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Tories have missed chance to quell cosseted mouthpiece of the Left, rick hamilton wrote:
Like most expats on the other side of the world in a country where English is spoken very little, I was delighted when BBC World TV appeared many years ago and gave us 24-hour news coverage. A huge improvement on waiting for The Sunday Times to arrive on Wednesday. That feeling soon turned to disappointment, then disillusion, then disgust and now I look elsewhere for news and comment.
I could not understand what the BBC wanted. They seemed determined to mock and sneer at almost everything about their own country that we expats were proud of. If you are in the tough world of competitive business you know that the world is full of people who want what we have built up over decades: our technology, our brand recognition, our market share. One way of their being successful is to make sure we fail. It makes no sense to help them by telling the world everything that’s bad about Britain, because no other national broadcaster is so damn stupid. “Support the home team’ is a concept the BBC simply cannot understand.
How the inhabitants of a small, damp group of islands off the shores of Europe built the greatest empire the world has ever seen and then converted it more or less peaceably into the Commonwealth, a free association of more than 50 countries, is surely the greatest story to be told to our children and grandchildren and to the world in general ? Oh no, according to the BBC the British were invaders, slavers, oppressors, exploiters, and must be to blame one way or the other for everything wrong in the world. And if that doesn’t remotely fit the facts, then it must be the Americans’ fault.
If you are attempting to import and sell high-value British products in one of the world’s most challenging markets, as I was, you need every help you can get. The BBC does its very best to undermine all such efforts. It is a nasty, self-absorbed lefty fifth column, determined to ruin the reputation of the UK and to bite the hand that feeds it. But why? What is wrong with these people? They behave as though ‘the British’ are nothing to do with them, as though they are on some stratospheric plane where their mission in life is to dispense judgements on lesser beings. What a bunch of fools and parasites. Who do they think they are?
The news and comment programmes should be spun off and made to earn their own living. Then we would see who really wants to watch their biased, unpatriotic, hand-wringing tosh.