Thursday 28 September 2023
More Heat Than Light?
From 36 minutes in, Ken Loach shuts down the ludicrous Sarah Montague, who has previously been noted for her failure to challenge Louise Ellman's claim to be able to read Jeremy Corbyn's mind. Montague then admits that the interview has been heavily edited, so let us hear the full footage.
But anti-Semitism is so last decade. The scam these days is misogyny. There is nothing to call between Laurence Fox and Ava Evans. Both are tasteless character acts, with Evans laughing at male suicide while encouraging schoolgirls and female undergraduates to do their bit for the Cause by making false allegations of sexual assault. She cannot be in earnest. Can she?
GB News is Ofcom's only ever target. It makes no attempt to hold the BBC to any standard of balance, unless you count members of two or more political parties saying exactly the same thing. And it sees nothing objectionable in the slew of filth, now sometimes pitched at and even featuring children, from the Channel 4 that seeks to destroy the Russell Brand that it created.
A couple of hours ago, effectively confirming that the wheels were already in motion, Adam Boulton used Newsnight to call for GB News to be "shut down" because it was disrupting the "broadcast ecology". I have predicted from the start that there would be an attempt to take it down before next year's General Election campaign got into full flow.
Still, when I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair's Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.
To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.