In response to Kathy Gyngell: The Today programme’s NHS socialist fantasy land, Peter Evans wrote:
Well said, Kathy. An excellent article.
In the Soviet Union, the news outlet disseminated to the masses was called ‘Pravda’, which (a tad cynically) meant ‘Truth’. But here’s the thing: everyone who read it knew it was full of Politburo bull, they knew it was a compendium of official lies. We have a looser version of Pravda in the postmodern neoMarxist West: on the broadcasting front, the lead organ is known as the BBC. But, given the nature of the privileged grievance-Left’s Gleichschaltung, Channel 4 and ITV are in lock-step, along with those shining stars of progressivism The Gruaniad and The Independent (independent of what or whom? The public?) There’s also entertainment and advertising to fall back on, of course, which will compulsively depict the British people as composed of mixed-race couples (black husband/father, white wife/mother).
Inside this hermetically sealed ideological bubble (or ‘f@rt chamber’ as my 24-year-old son prefers to call it), the public outside are viewed with barely veiled disdain. We’re a ‘low information’ rabble of alt-right racists, misogynists, transphobes and Islamophobes, apparently.
But it seems to me that a flicker of light is appearing at the end of this suffocating tunnel. The Gleichschaltung is failing. I tend to put on Radio 4 in the mornings – force of habit – but usually I’ve flipped it off again within minutes. I suspect my audience behaviour is replicated many, many times over: more people distrust the mainstream media as a source of unbiased news than ever before, and the Left are entirely and exclusively responsible.
It turns out that we thick, low-information bigots – we chauvinists, who outrageously believe we should have sovereignty over the laws of this land and not be dictated to by a foreign power – can smell turbid piles of bull when we come across it.
For all its hagiographical sycophancy, the BBC coverage of the NHS 70th anniversary was, I would wager, experienced by many as the crude propaganda it really was.
Perhaps we should pity the Left. After the communist experiment left the Marxist experiment covered in blood and filth, the neoLeft have no credible vision of a better future. ‘Tear it all down’ is hardly an inspiring vision. Apart from clinging to the creaking NHS (and denouncing all who voice even the most modest criticisms of it as heartless reactionaries), their only contribution to political debate is to point accusing fingers at everyone outside the bubble and label them phobics and bigots.
If Labour win the next election, it will be because the useless Tories under May criminally destroyed conservatism as an option, not because of a groundswell of sentiment in favour of Corbynite vegetarian Bolshevism.