Another Labour Luvvie

The BBC began election year with a new topical comedy show hosted by a Tory-hating Labour supporter. What next, Labour luvvie Dermot O’Leary presenting election coverage? Actually, yes:

X Factor host Dermot O’Leary told of his “excitement” at the prospect of fronting a political show in the run-up to the general election.
The 36-year-old told the Radio Times he is obsessed with politics – but said the show would not be “particularly serious”.
The magazine said O’Leary is in talks with the BBC about presenting a political programme.
O’Leary said: “I won’t be the man with the swingometer, but politics is a huge obsession with me, so I’m incredibly excited about it.

Here’s O’Leary talking to the Guardian in 2003:

Labour, Tory, Liberal or Socialist Workers?

I suspect that these days I’m politically closest to the Socialist Workers, but they’d take all my money so it’s still Labour.

And from an article in the Independent in May 2005:

Shortly before the general election, O’Leary was branded a Labour luvvie after inadvertently suggesting at a Make Poverty History rally that Tony Blair should become head of state.

That rally, which took place during the 2005 election campaign, was covered by Ben MacIntyre in The Times:

OH, LUVVIE, I can’t tell you how marvellous it was; truly, darling, an unforgettable performance. There we were at the Old Vic Theatre — just twelve hundred of Labour’s closest friends — waiting for Tony and Gordon to do their matinee double act, when the whispered word went round the audience that the greatest political performer of our times would be making a cameo appearance — none other than old blue eyes, schmoozer in chief, the trouser president: Bill Clinton himself, via live satellite link.

The occasion was a rally — the biggest of the campaign so far — to mark World Poverty Day and held by the Make Poverty History coalition. Everybody who was anybody was there, le tout Labour: there was Dermot O’Leary, Big Brother presenter, and Alastair Campbell, Big Brother enforcer, and June Sarpong, the Channel 4 presenter.

The announcement of Ms Sarpong’s addition to the BBC election team can only be a matter of time.

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12 Responses to Another Labour Luvvie

  1. therewaslight says:

    Nah, ludicrous suggestion. June Sarpong is black Ghanian so the BBC will ignore her as being dangerously Christian.

    “I believe in God 100 per cent,” she says. “My family is also very spiritual and it helps me. I’m never going to be on my soap box, bashing my Bible. But I believe in spirituality and I certainly believe in a higher power.”

    On the BBC Asians are the “new black”.


    Sarpoong never says whom she votes for, but she seems to be a fan of David Cameron. “I’d love to interview him. I’ve met him. I think he’s got that Blair factor, in terms of making you feel very important. I like what he’s doing on family and in making the Conservative Party more fashionable.


  2. Backwoodsman says:

    It would be difficult to believe that beeboid managers are unaware of the real head of steam building up in both the blogosphere and sections of the msm, demanding the end of the pro-nulab bias at the bbc, or radical changes to the bbc. Therefore, you have to assume that their policy is to go for broke and bank on being able to assist nulab to sneak home.
    They naivly think the odd token gesture, like ditching Jonathon Ross, will enable them to copy the nu-lab ‘ learnt our lessons and moved on’ mantra.


  3. therewaslight says:

    Backwoodsman, that should be J-Ross pronounced “dross” 🙂

    To expand on what I said – for some time now black people have lost their primary status as the favoured ethnicity at the BBC, so I found the OP’s last sentence jarringly out of touch. June Sarpong doesn’t have a chance at getting that job, despite being beautiful black woman who could do that job.

    Blacks are simply not diverse enough for the BBC. When they are not dysfunctional gangster charicature,  the middle class blacks represent a quite strongly, Christian community, like the white people the BBC types hate most.

    White secular Beeboids find this black trend toward being like “nice whites” abhorant and backwards – successful black people should be more like them and hate white Christians!

    So the BBC have given up putting black people forward for prominant positions in the media because they don’t stand what they stand for, and have instead promoted a mish-mash of more secular non-Muslim Asians who look a bit like Muslims.

    Here is a shortlist of famous Asians that work at the BBC. It’s crucial to realise these prominent figures are not Muslim, they are either  secular or another religion. THAT’S THE POINT.

    The idea is that they look like they represent “diversity”. Secular Beeboids don’t actually want to work with diversity, real Muslims – who we all know are difficult to work with – they just want to use them as props to “rub the right’s nose in it” while they lecture the right on being tolerant to Muslims.

    Blue Peter: Connie Huq (Hindu surname?)
    Football League Show: Manish Bashin (Hindu name)
    Political Correspondent: Reeta Chakrabarti (Hindu, Brahman name)
    Presenter: Anita Anand (Hindu parentts)
    Presenter: Matthew Amroliwala (Zorastrian)
    Presenter: George Alagiah (Roman Catholic)
    Science Correspondent: Pallab Ghosh (Hindu name)

    These are just the most prominent ones I recognise anyway. Some of these are IMO excellent presenters, who work hard and do a great job –  it is just interesting that the BBC has a fetish for non-Muslim Asians (2% population) rather than black people (2%) or actual Muslims (3%).

    This might be why some blacks have voted for, and want to join, the BNP.  In regions like Birminigham the early generation immigrants from the West Indies and Africa are among the main victims of New Labour’s policy of mass immigration; the street conflict between the Pakistanis and the Jamaicans being a particularly visible example of this.


    • dave s says:

      I am acquainted through a close relative’s work with a Ghanian family and have to agree . Conservative, with a small c, Christian and strongly family orientated. Not really the BBC type approved ethnic minority.
      Perhaps we could arrange an exchange. !00 such Ghanian families for one hundred white Islington liblefties. OK by me but I don’t think Ghana would be too pleased.


  4. Millie Tant says:

    He is yet another recruit from Channel 4 – just like Mark Thompson and a whole line of presenters at the BBC. Well, we all know what Channel 4 is like and what leanings it has, don’t we?

    The BBC has already had June Sarpong on talking about politics on The Week, presented by Andrew Neil. In fact she has been on several times -and has probably been on other BBC programmes as well. So, yes.


  5. Grant says:

    Don’t worry, the BBC will balance it with Conservative-supporting presenters…….  er


  6. Grant says:

    therewaslight 16:34

    Well said !
    “Blacks” are a big problem for the BBC  .  In terms of religion, some are muslim (good), some are christian ( bad ), some  are lefty-liberals (good) , some  right-wing conservative (bad). 
    Some are peace-loving activists ( good ), some commit Genocide and fight wars ( bad ).
    These uppity blacks just won’t fit into the narrow-minded, patronising, racist BBC mindset.
    What the Beeboid morons can’t understand is that it has very little to do with skin colour.


  7. therewaslight says:

    The BBC has already had June Sarpong on talking about politics on The Week, presented by Andrew Neil. In fact she has been on several times -and has probably been on other BBC programmes as well. So, yes.

    She is basically on record in The Independent as a Conservative/David Cameron supporter. She said she liked David Cameron, he had the “Blair factor”. It could be argued that her views won’t tip coverage toward Labour.

    After Andrew Neil’s interview with the Met Office head, where he utterly tore the man apart, I wonder whether Andrew Neil has already handed in his letter of retirement, and is going to step down as a presenter after the election and is now doing the hell he likes.

    Difficult to see how the BBC could sack Andrew Neil before this election.

    Despite her appearence on this show I’d be very surprised if she got a job on a BBC politics show, at least this side of the election.


  8. ryan says:

    I’m convinced that comedy is the trojan horse. If, they ever fess up to their bias and strike an editorial balance, they often use”comedy” as a not so subtle way of spinning their line, often ‘humourous’ deriding those they dont agree with. I don’t mind satire but this has to be balanced. Regretably the BBC just has a dodgy dossier of lefty liberal “comedians”.

    I’ve heard the comedy excuse more then once by won particular BBC Controller to explain away bias.


  9. therewaslight says:

    That’s a good observation. But isn’t comedy supposed to be funny? How many RadioFive listeners will laugh at jokes about people who buy £3 clothes from Asda? Chris Addison this Sunday.  Seems to believe his entire audience is made up of rich middle class children who like to laugh at the behaviour of poor people. These “comedians” claim the badge of “caring left” while their humour is aimed directly at the privileged elite – they know which side their bread is buttered!


  10. FM Watkins says:

    Actually, Sarpong is busy filming the ‘Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura’ series in the States, good show too. That Dermot twit gets on my nerves, not like I need more reasons to not watch television.