I watched the 19th February 2015 edition of Question Time on the BBC mouth literally agog.
I normally don’t watch anything on the BBC; an institution proven by University study to be biased against Scotland and in particular Scottish independence.
However, this edition was to be broadcast from Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England; one of many working class areas to be ravaged by Thatcher.
The most left-wing politician to be on the panel was Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the SNP. The SNP are marginally to the left of centre in political terms.
This link shows where the UK political parties fit in on the 'political compass' e.g. Right Wing, Left Wing, Authoritarian, Libertarian
So, I sat with the metaphorical ‘popcorn’ ready to watch the working class of the North East get ripped in aboot them:
· Duncan Bannatyne self-confessed uneducated successful businessman (ex-Tory supporter who switched to the so-called ‘Tory-Lite’ of Tony Blair)
· Michael Heseltine,’Lord’ and Tory dinosaur who has been quoted in the past saying ‘I keep telling my Tory colleagues: don't have any policies. A manifesto that has policies alienates people. In 1979 the manifesto said nothing which was brilliant.’
· Norman Lamb, Minister for Care & Support (No, seriously!) from the LibDems
· Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary
What I heard could be summed up thus:
· 18 to 21 year olds should have to work 30 hours a week for their £58 per week ‘benefits’.
· Nuclear weapons are just super-duper and spending over £130 Billion over the next 30 years is a worthwhile idea.
· Putin is bad (didn’t David Cameron phone him to get him to speak out against Scottish Independence? – anyway, now he’s bad).
· Tax Avoidance is not as important an issue as getting ‘lazy’ teens out of their beds and working for less than £2 an hour. This apparently will mean that out of work youngsters will earn some self-respect.
I’ll just say that again; getting 18-21 year olds (remember, according to the Government’s own Office of National Statistics, 1.91 million people officially unemployed, 9.1 million officially ‘economically inactive’ with only 740,000 vacancies) to work for less than £2 an hour, 30 hours a week will ‘help them back into full-time work and give them self-respect’.
This, a more pressing issue for the Question Time panelists and audience than Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion. What do you mean HSBC scandal?
· SNP MPs being sent to Westminster in larger numbers than the current six and possibly holding the balance of power – very, VERY BAD. Better Together? ‘Don’t leave us Scotland!’ ‘We love you’, Now get back in your fuckin box!
The biggest and most disappointing and depressing thing about the whole show was the realisation that the media driven, right wing agenda of corporate greed, ‘me first’, rich get richer/poor get poorer, demonisation of the poor, unemployed, disabled and vulnerable really has become commonplace.
That anyone thinks spending billions of money on nuclear weapons should come before job creation, the NHS or, frankly, anything else is beyond my ken. People are starving! People are dying due to Government ‘workfare’ policy and benefit sanctions!
Government statistics indicate that between January 2011 and November 2011, 10,600 sick and disabled people died within six weeks of their benefit claim ending. Such was the furore about this figure, the DWP has stopped using Atos data to count the number of deaths.
I truly despair at what the UK has become; a country of selfish, right-wing pricks walking in the footsteps of the evil Thatcher and doing so without the slightest comprehension of what they are doing or the monsters they have become.
Time is running out for Scotland; we have to save ourselves from too, becoming monsters.
Switching off the BBC would be a start.