On Monday morning (repeated in the evening) the main BBC radio propaganda show is called “Start the Week”. Presented by the lifelong man of the left, Andrew Marr (who also presents the main BBC television politics show on on Sunday morning), it deals with both cultural and current affairs matters with studio guests plugging their books and public talks - and the guests (by some strange chance) tend to be mostly from the left.
This week the discussion was mostly about Libya. The guests were one historian (whose name I can not remember - nor can I remember anything the man said), the “ex” representative of George Soros (an ex British government minister, and United Nations person, by the name of “Maddox-Brown” - an upper class establishment leftist, straight from Central Casting) and socialist Baroness Kennedy. And a fouth guest - a Conservative party Member of Parliament.
Barroness Kennedy explained that the problem with Libya, indeed the world, was greedy capitalism - a selfish desire for business gain, rather than seeking the “common good”. And that this wicked obsession with material advantage prevented world government (or governance) which (of course) Baroness Kennedy treated as an automatically noble objective and leading to respect for “human rights”.
In a show of balance, Andrew M. turned to the forth guest - a Conservative MP who had just written a biography of the dictator of Libya. “You may not agree with all that….” said Andrew M.
And what did the Conservative Member of Parliament say? Did he point out that the definitions of “human rights” in both the world and European conventions are a hopelessly confused mess, combining both restrictions on government power (so called “negative rights”) and excuses for MORE government power (so called “positive rights” - such as “anti discrimination” principles and welfare benefits)?
Did he stand for national independence against the evil of such concepts as the “international community”?
Did the M.P. even point out that the dicator of Libya was a life long (indeed fantatical) socialist as committed as Baroness Kennedy is to “the common good” above any reactionary property rights?
No - the Conservative Member of Parliament said “I agree with Helena Kennedy”.
What a total waste of space - no wonder the BBC allowed a Conservative MP on to the show, they could pretend it was “balanced” whilst (in practice) it was just yet another leftist disinformation and propaganda exercise.
“But Paul - the Conservative M.P. had pointed out earlier in the show that dictator of Libya had based himself on Nasser of Egypt”. Trouble with that is that the Conservative MP had not explained that Nasser was a socialist.
So all the people listening at home would get from the show is….. one dictator models himself on another dictator, no doubt this one (Nasser) was also a tool of big business and the rich just like Baroness Kennedy explains……
I am not Ian B. - I do believe that some Conservative M.P.s (some of the time) do some good (for example it will only be a few Conservative M.P.s who will denounce the despicable increase in government “overseas aid” this afternoon). But this Conservative M.P. at this time, was a waste of space. The BBC might as well have had an empty chair - as, I suspect, they worked out in advance.