THROUGHOUT my entire adult life I have listened to Radio 4’s Today programme. I can’t stand music in the morning, nor television, and until a year or so ago you could be reasonably assured that Today was one of the few places on the BBC where you could find an impartial debate on matters of the day. Not any more. Yesterday Today played host to a truly appalling exchange.
possibly could, presenter Mishal Husain got the subject on to Boris and the burka.
Grayling responded courteously and said that any further actions would be up to party chiefs.
He then added, as well he might, that a rather larger area of concern was Jeremy Corbyn laying wreaths on the graves of terrorists. Husain, literally (listen to it) began to splutter.
Then she said that the Labour Party denied it, that Jeremy denied it and that she wasn’t going to talk about it, launching back into Boris and the burka.
Grayling, as well he might, brought up again the fact that the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition has been pictured holding a wreath at the monument to people who tortured and maimed athletes at the Munich Olympics before murdering them.
And Husain literally (listen to it) cut him off, ended the interview and the mic was closed down.
Today has been haemorrhaging listeners since the latest editor took over: 800,000 down since last year. And if it wants to understand why, that interview totally sums it up.
Not only was the political bias about as blatant as it has ever been on the BBC, which is saying something, but the programme’s emphasis was the complete opposite of what most of the listeners concerns’ would be.
Most people don’t care about Boris and the burka (in fact polls show a majority agree with him) but the BBC chose instead to stifle debate about the fact that the Labour leader spent time with terrorists and murderers.
Shame on them, absolute shame. And when another 800,000 listeners disappear don’t say it hasn’t been warned.
Influencers of Instagram
A new social trend has emerged: people are buying outfits online for the sole purpose of taking selfies to post on Instagram before sending the clothes back.
Actually that’s not new: it was said that Nancy Reagan used to buy evening gowns, wear them once and then send them back to the retailers when Ronnie was president.
It was the lack of social media back then that made it easier to do just that.
But what is new is that some of these Instagrammers are what is now known as “influencers” on the grounds that they can influence public tastes and indeed I have just been invited to something with the promise of there being influencers present. Funny old world we live in now.
The ever youthful Dame Joan Collins has been shimmering away, stepping out to dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant this week. Don’t she look good?
Fact: Dame Joan, 85, recently had to undergo full make-up to transfer herself into a woman who looks, er, 85, for a role as an OAP.
Never mind the damehood she should be made a saint.
A report says that we will have another four years of baking hot summers – great news.
I cannot understand the people who greeted the recent glorious weather by moaning that it was too ‘ot by ‘alf and couldn’t we have a bit of rain?
Mind you there does seem to be some evidence that the imperturbable British character was formed because we all had to put up with such dreadful weather all year and it made us phlegmatic.
Could an unexpected consequence of sunny summers mean we all turn into passionate Italians? You read it here first…