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World Service?

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 by grahamharrowell

Impartial. That’s what people say about the BBC and why, we’re told, that it is listened to and trusted across the globe. Of course, not so in the UK where Conservative supporters are forever accusing the BBC of left wing bias. Well I suppose it all depends where you’re standing.

Anyway now they’re in government they are able, with their Liberal allies, to strike back. The BBC World Service has had its money cut and in turn services will be cut. OK, so you’ll still be able to get it online, but doesn’t that depend on having an internet connection and all the gubbins that goes with it? Don’t the Chinese control internet access for their citizens? It may be romantic but it gives me some comfort that a bloke with a crystal set may still be able to tune into the BBC to find out what’s really happening just as people did in occupied Europe during the Second World War and behind the iron curtain afterwards.

They haven’t said so, but perhaps Mr Cameron’s boys and girls have decided that projecting soft power is no longer relevant and that Britain is no longer in the Premier League. If that’s the case then perhaps they should continue their programme of cutting money for the armed forces, bring the troops home and scrap Trident. That would save enough money to get the country back on its feet and to keep the World Service which probably achieves more with words than we do with bullets.

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