Thursday, 28 September 2006

Trivial Pursuits?

Newsnight, the late-night light entertainment froth that thinks of itself as practically part of the Constitution, surpassed itself last night. No, not another fawning interview with George Michael or Pete Docherty filling up a third or more of the programme. Rather, a piece on how trivial the Labour Party Conference was (pots? kettles?), illustrated by clips of Douglas Alexander talking about bus services and Alan Johnson talking about the coursework component of GCSEs. How very boringly ordinary, as any undergraduate Marxist knows. The Beeb expects better from its old Communist or Trotskyist comrades, the neocons. What could it even call this stupefying outbreak of concern for practical improvements? Old Labour? Or just Labour?

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