The Continuing Distraction

The BBC doesn’t like criticism of the Tories and their failures. It’s a wonder then, that this guy was able to succinctly hit the nail on the head with his comments on Question Time:

Whoever the guy is, he’s spot on. We have a government mired in corruption, and their record over the past 13 years is one they desperately want to distract from. The easiest way to do that is to create a false ‘us versus them’ narrative, and the scare tactic of immigration has long been one of the easiest ways to do that. However, despite the tame manner in which our chief national broadcaster tackles the failings of the government, it seems more and more people are awake to the reality of the last 13 years. More and more people see the Tories for what they are: self-serving parasites, greedy, arrogant elitists, who care nothing for anyone but themselves. They can try to distract from the country’s true problems all they want, but we’re now at a stage where it’s impossible, even with the help of a largely compliant media.

I say compliant media, because you need only look at the comparative treatment of Alan Sugar (host of BBC entrepreneur show Dragon’s Den), and Gary Lineker (host of the BBC’s Match of the Day programme). Sugar has been quite bold in his anti-Labour rhetoric, and yet remains very much the face of one of the BBC’s most popular shows. Lineker criticised the government via his own personal Twitter feed, and was suddenly accused of violating impartiality guidelines. What’s truly ironic is that at the top, the BBC has notable Tory sympathisers, such as Chairman Richard Sharp, who in the past donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Tory party. Sharp is currently embroiled in controversy – it is alleged he helped former Tory PM Boris Johnson procure an £800,000 loan – yet we are led to believe Lineker is not being impartial?

The Tories desperately need all of this to go away, so they can focus on making immigrants seem scary. They don’t need corruption scandals, they don’t need people speaking out about their woeful economic record, or their failure to get a grip on the cost of living. They don’t want people recalling how many in their ranks held illegal gatherings during lockdowns, at a time when people couldn’t see their dying loved ones. Unfortunately for them, it appears more and more people are waking up to what the Tories are.

Many election polls predict a Labour landslide. This is by no means guaranteed (we are probably a year from a General Election), but the Tories are so scared, so acutely aware of how shambolic they’ve been, that they are in panic stations, hence the attempt to whip up hysteria and fear over immigration. It’s satisfying to see this backfire.

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