One of the BBC’s favourite tricks is to bring on guests that it knows will say the things an ‘impartial’ BBC cannot.
We’ve had the ‘guest editors’ on the Today programme recently and Dr Steve Jones disparaging climate ‘sceptics’….now they bring on the clowns…or rather the cartoonists (2 hrs 45 mins)….Peter Brookes and Steve Bell….who are given free reign to vent their spleens about the government, and UKIP……..a great ruse to allow otherwise unacceptable abuse, invective and political partisanship onto the airwaves….
‘The Thick of it is a comedy that satirises the inner workings of government. But this year with Plebgate, Pastygate and Omnishambles, there were clear parallels with life imitating art. Cartoonists Peter Brookes of The Times and Steve Bell of The Guardian discuss whether this was the year that politics became more ridiculous than satire.’
Some of Bell’s work…..
Jim Naughtie kicks it all off…..
Jim Naughtie: No doubt a pretty fertile year for a political cartoonist….beyond your wildest dreams isn’t it Steve Bell?
Steve Bell: This government is stupendously useless, they really are and it’s amazing how everything bounces off them, they just bounce back.…this lot are not going to be re-elected.
JN: Not so useless if they bounce back though? You come at this from such an oppositionist point of view that you can tear them to shreds because that’s what you want to do.
SB: That’s a fair point, political cartooning is a negative thing….but there’s something peculiarly noxious about this lot, this strange sort of blend of Conservatives and Liberals.
JN: Peter Brookes, you must be delving deep into the zoological books to find an equivalent these days.
Peter Brookes: It becomes more difficult as these people become more ridiculous and animal like.
JN: They’re a wonderful bunch for you, in all parties [see BBC impartial!], and you’ve got UKIP coming up…that’s got to give you a field day hasn‘t it?
PB: Oh the pleasure, Nigel Farage, good lord above, something slimy, something creepy, something desperately unpleasant…..something reptilian.
JN: Cartoonists can say anything.…you need them [this government] to carry on don’t you?
SB: I don’t want this lot, I want them gone as soon as possible.
Steve Bell of course works for the self-admitted Anti-Semitic Guardian….his own work hardly discourages that view of the Guardian……..
This is someone’s satirical view of Bell…..
And at least Peter Brookes can see the other side as well……