Category Archives: News and Views

Thought for the Day

That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.

They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of Lord Woolton. He is a very good salesman.

If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.

Aneurin Bevan, 3 July 1948

Sky News is so Foxy

It’s no secret that the Murdoch empire likes to call the UK General Election. Unfortunately for them when they called it this time round the pesky electorate didn’t all listen. The Sun, The Times and Sky News have all shamelessly thrown themselves behind David Cameron’s Conservatives during this campaign.

Despite their formidable influence this act of democracy bending mischief failed to detonate properly and has left us with a bit of a mess to sort out. Winning more seats than anyone else but failing to achieve an overall majority the Conservatives are now flapping about trying to perform some ideological contortions with the Liberal Democrats. It’s a marriage doomed to failure unless one of the parties submits to be the other’s bitch.

All this uncertainty and anguish at not been the ones “wot won it” has put a terrible strain the the Sky News team as this clip brilliantly illustrates. There’s been a definite jolt towards the Fox News school of broadcast journalism at Sky News since the election but let’s face it, Adam Boulton is no Bill O’Reilly.