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Week in Review


Six of the best

Nick Booth: Robin Hood in reverse. How the BBC robs the poor and gives to multi-millionaire presenters

Kathy Gyngell: Superwoman is not good enough for the BBC. Let’s hear it for transwoman

Chris McGovern: Lessons in FGM, anti-homophobia, porn, British Values and radicalisation. No time for maths then

David Keighley: Cameron won’t shake up the BBC while he needs its help to win the Europe vote

Louise Kirk: Women cannot ‘have it all’ without damaging their families and homes

Laura Perrins: Janner’s prosecution is a witch-hunt and a colossal waste of our money


Hero of the Week

After a foggy debate on Britain’s need for a new airport runway, we finally have a report that has cleared the skies.

Following a comprehensive and robust two-and-a-half year study, Sir Howard Davies’s report concluded that: “Heathrow is best-placed to provide the type of capacity which is most urgently required: long haul destinations to new markets. It provides the greatest benefits for passengers, operators and the broader economy”.

We congratulate Sir Howard on giving David Cameron a clear message on how to resolve the UK’s 50-year dither over where to build that blessed runway. Will he listen? Will he act?


Villain of the Week

There has been a plethora of reports and studies arguing that it’s only a matter of time until the US loses its top spot as the global superpower – both economically and militarily. The Economist estimates that China will overtake the US in terms of GDP by as soon as 2018.

After all, it’s not like President Barack Obama has been doing much to halt this process. Obama’s isolationist foreign policy and failure in dealing with global threats such as ISIS, Boko Haram and the Ukranian crisis have proved that under his leadership, America has forfeited its historic role as the world’s policeman.

Obama will be remembered for ushering in a world without America.


Reader’s Comment of the Week

In response to David Keighley: Cameron won’t shake up the BBC while he needs its help to win the Europe vote, EppingBlogger wrote:

When will Conservatives come to realise that Cameron, the bulk of the Cabinet and most of the parliamentary party, plus CCHQ staff, are all onside with the values and objectives of the BBC. They all intend to work for continued subordination to the EU, a big State and small defence. They all want good relations with big business and to maintain a taxpayer nomenklatura in the state-funded “charities” and quangos – all of whom support and feed off the political class and its tax base.


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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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