The BBC is keeping itself busy, time waits for no man but if you can rewrite history it doesn’t really matter does it?
The BBC last night had another go at polishing the turd that was Degsy Hatton, expelled from the Labour Party for belonging to the ‘Revolutionary Socialist League’…or Militant Tendency as it had renamed itself….also known as ‘’The Loony Left’…with some justification.
Laurie Taylor (More of whom later) oversaw proceedings on ‘Thinking Allowed’ whilst Diana Frost from Liverpool University helped to delve into the sewers to seek out the truth:
In an environment of mass unemployment in which Liverpool felt abandoned by an indifferent government, the council resolved to join others across the land in refusing to set a budget that would hurt the poorest. It was at first wildly popular, but the scene soon became set for a battle between the city and central government that would shape the future of Liverpool.
Once again Thatcher becomes the villain of the piece nobly resisted by the champions of the poor and downtrodden…Hatton and his Marxist Marauders.
If that wasn’t enough we get a rose tinted look back at the working class, a noble breed, from Paul O’Grady, Lily Savage as you may also know him, who asks…
Whatever happened to the working class? In episode one of a two-part series for BBC One, Paul O’Grady goes on a very personal journey through the history of the British working class to find out how work shaped our communities and what happened when those iconic jobs disappeared
I took one look at the picture of O’Grady dressed as a miner and dismissed this as likely to be the usual anti-Thatcher polemic, maybe with a few jokes from our Lil.
Matt Rudd in the Sunday Times suggested it was more in line with Monty Python’s version of history than say Sir Alan Bullock’s, a rose tinted, nostalgic look back at the working man and woman….life were tough in t’old days lad!
Charles Moore in the Telegraph gives a more robust analysis and it looks like my initial misgivings were correct:
The employers of servants were cruel (“Her Upstairs was never satisfied”). The history of the 1930s was presented solely in terms of the Jarrow March of 1936, when in fact unemployment had been falling for three years. We learnt about the heroic trade union movement, and that the coal miners (“the backbone of British industry”) were the greatest. In the 1970s, we were told, “all the members thought as one”. Then along came “Thatcher” who was “ready to take on the working class”. That was “the beginning of the end”.
Looking up O’Grady on Wikipedia later, I found that he is a classic Left-wing luvvie. Obviously, the BBC would never dream of letting loose a Right-wing entertainer of similar working-class origins on a big programme like this.
Well that’s O’Grady and his version of history…but who else has a finger in this pie?
The BBC, as is often the case, teams up with the Open University in a link with this programme (Check out Harrabin and Dr Joe Smith the climate change advocate and Open University lecturer)…which brings you into the wonderful world of class war and anti-cuts rhetoric.
With links to all sorts of enlightening information, brought to us by the likes of Marxist Dr Jason Toynbee (No relation I believe) and of course the BBC’s own Laurie Taylor….once, still? a Trotskyist member of International Socialist and the irrepressible Owen Jones…and we know what he thinks….because he’s read all the books and regurgitates it ad nauseum so often on the BBC….and not forgetting Professor Kath Woodward who tells us ‘I work on feminist theories and embodiment most recently in the field of sport, especially boxing and have published widely on sex gender, inequalities and the politics of sport
I teach undergraduate and post graduate interdisciplinary social sciences, sociology and supervise PhD students on a range of related topics-diversity, race and gender inequalities, often within the empirical field of sport.’
And then there’s Dr Tracy Kildrick who gives us this:
The sociological discipline has, in large part, been defined by those prepared to take risks and work alongside the poorest and the most marginalised in society.
Politicians of all persuasions have tried hard to divorce the riots from any discussion about the current spending cuts. The problems of poverty did not go away under the previous government, but things were slowly improving for those on the lowest incomes. Much of this progress is now in danger of being swept away as those at the bottom face the greatest threat from the cuts instigated by those at the top. Research shows that relative poverty is set to rise over the coming period, making those already poor very vulnerable indeed. Welfare reform is targeting many of the most vulnerable in society, including those on sickness benefits. Cuts in public services are likely to affect the poorest most as they often have little choice but to rely on these services.
Can’t imagine what the conclusions drawn might be from that lot.
This might give us an idea though from Woodward and Taylor:
The very helpful sociologists have come to do missionary work amongst the poor…only the poor don’t know they’re poor….they only realise it when the kindly sociologists point this out to them….
…and of course, the sociologists tell us, this is why the ‘working class’ support the Coalition’s Dickensian welfare reforms…they just don’t know how poverty stricken they are…they don’t know what’s good for them….and naturally the sociologists can’t find hide nor hair of the scroungers and skivers, the not so disabled disability claimants, the undeserving poor….all a government manufactured PR myth to allow them to victimise and target the poorest in society..
Anyway you get the idea…..academics, in the realm of sociology, hardly likely to be a hot bed of Tea Party reactionaries.
The BBC knows who its friends are.
Laurie Taylor is the link to the next post in which he pops up again. It is a small world when you start probing around inside the belly of the beast.