Articles tagged: Media

Hurrah! BBC licence fee increase preserves a bourgeois Pravda

May 22, 2009

But for how long? On 19 May, the Tory motion to freeze any increase in the BBC licence fee was defeated by 334 to 150 votes in the House of Commons. The compulsory tax of £11.62 per month on every household with a TV or radio, enforced by highly democratic ‘we know where you live’ threats to prosecute evaders, will increase to £11.88 per month. Hardly a sum to break the bank, and still good value, compared to a Sky subscription, we might say. The Tories had argued that in... More

Clown Fever has mutated and become a pandemic, for at least a week more

May 4, 2009

Health warning and disclaimer: I have no idea whatsoever about Swine Fever, in common with most, but that won’t stop me. Ring a special number if you have any flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, red eyes or a headache. These symptoms are consistent with taking Bolivian Marching Powder and/or getting bladdered. So if you’ve been out on the lash at the weekend, just ring into work and explain your flu-like symptoms in an artifically croaky voice like you do most Mondays. Thus has belatedly contracted Clown Fever, a... More

Credit crunch contrition from the commentariat

April 29, 2009

This morning an Editorial Intelligence (EI) briefing on ‘The Credit Crunch Commentariat‘ debated whether the media had talked us into recession or had downplayed the crisis and thus exacerbated its impact. “What, pray, is all the fuss about?” wrote Ex Economist editor, Bill Emmott, in the Guardian in August 2008. “Unemployment is down, the economy is growing. If we call this financial meltdown, we’ve been leading pretty gilded lives.” (The Economist also unequivocably supported Bush and the Iraq invasion). Times columnist and Illuminatus Emeritus, Anatole Kaletsky, ‘confidently predicted’ in January... More