This morning on the Today programme, the slurping, creeping, multi-tentacled libtard menace which has been sucking the life out of Britain these last 13 years manifested itself in the form of affluent-but-still-chippy Welshman John Humphrys.
Not that we didn’t have our suspicions before. I don’t think Humphrys has ever been accused of being of an even half way Conservative persuasion. But his treatment of Tory education spokesman Michael Gove this morning was so nakedly partisan, so gratuitously unsympathetic, so palpably uninterested in doing anything other than to smear and belittle, it achieved the near-impossible: it made me realise why we absolutely have to swallow our pride this time and vote Conservative.
No, really, listen to the interview (from 7.09 am onwards) between Humphrys and Gove and you’ll see what I mean.
Gove is trying to explain his schools policy (as we know, by far the best policy the Tories have). Humphrys ventures way beyond reasonable scepticism into the realm of outright Left-liberal propaganda.
It’s worth listening for Gove’s magisterial put downs:
“An elegant and creative question, John, but it left the facts behind after the first few words.”
“To call them private schools as you’ve done may be a useful shorthand way to smear the policy…”
I don’t think we needed this exchange to remind us how articulate, patient and intelligent an interviewee Gove is. For my money, he’s better than the rest of the shadow cabinet put together. What’s much more instructive is what it tells us about the values of the BBC.
Humphrys is one of those types – there are many at the BBC – who loves to get on his high horse whenever anyone suggests that he is parti pris. He cherishes the idea that he is far too professional a broadcaster ever to let his politics get in the way of his journalistic integrity and the BBC’s charter-obligated neutrality.
Yet consider the cultural assumptions behind his questions: private schools are an evil; the state system has been working “not badly” for the last 50 or 60 years; throwing more money at the problem is in and of itself quite enough to solve it.
This is the weltanschauung that you and I fund through the licence fee to be promulgated daily by our state broadcaster. It has infected the terms of political debate more deeply in this country than I think almost any of us properly appreciates.