One of the biggest irritations in election coverage over the past ten years is how journos in mainstream TV and radio media have morphed from impartial observers to political activists. You’d expect that from newspapers for that’s what they’re there for. But not from the TV and radio.
Look at last night’s Channel 4 debate on ‘the climate emergency’. The Conservatives, far from ducking out of a debate I would personally have avoided with a sixty-foot barge pole, offered Michael Gove to attend. Channel 4, in an act of extreme petulance turned down the offer and instead replaced both Boris and Nigel Farage with two lumps of ice.
It’s the sort of stunt I would have expected from a university student of the sort who participated in the ‘song lines’ scene in the second Inbetweeners movie, not a government-owned broadcaster.
Let’s get it straight: I would no more watch an evening of climate caterwauling by the likes of Swinson, Corbyn and Sturgeon than I would jump into a bath of boiling hot water. The hypocrisy on that stage last night was epic. Sturgeon has probably massacred more birds with the thousands of wind turbines her administration has littered the Scottish countryside with than have been killed by hunters and poachers in the last 50 years. As for Corbyn, Labour is promising to plant 2 billion trees by 2040. For those of you who’ve done the maths, this equates to 27,251 trees planted in the UK EVERY SINGLE DAY! My, they must be enlisting armies of people who we don’t yet know about to carry out that accomplishment. Two billion trees, eh! That’s a lot of branches for Labour voters to hate the Jews neath the shade of.
As for the ‘climate emergency’, it’s like the twin girls who appear before Danny Torrance in ‘The Shining’. It isn’t real – well, certainly not in the West. If people really wanted to see what environmental scorched-earthism looks like, they’d have spent two weeks in Delhi with me. Instead, they cook up a term designed to act as a precursor to a raft of ‘green’ policies which will make the ordinary public both poorer and less happy: hikes in air prices, exorbitant fees for shopping bags, higher taxes on less energy-efficient houses, etc. It’s a con of monumental proportions.
I’m glad the Conservatives have launched a complaint to Ofcom against Channel 4. It’s bad enough we have to put up with student politics on our streets. There’s no reason we should have to endure it on our TV screens too. However, given the good sense of many in the British body politic, I suspect the efforts of those present yesterday to be the 21st Century Torquemadas of environmental totalitarianism are doomed.