A guilty pleasure of mine is to watch Bargain Hunt on BBC1 whilst eating my brunch. As a shift worker I get to watch daytime TV; I’m not unemployed, as some people might think on seeing me lounging around when most people are at work. I just have to work when most people are lounging around.
Call me stupid, but it has taken me a few years to realise that most of the contestants on Bargain Hunt either work in the public sector or are retired from the public sector. Policemen, firefighters, nurses, teachers, NHS staff, councillors, librarians… the list goes on.
I roll my eyes as the contestants are introduced at the beginning of each show. Seldom do the contestants work in the private sector. There are lots of students and retired people appearing on the show, which is only fair seeing as they have more time on their hands to actually appear on a TV programme voluntarily.
But the others? What’s their excuse?
Why do some retired people need to mention their past career as if it is a badge of honour? “I’m a retired teacher”, is a common phrase. “I left nursing to become a full-time mum”, is another.
Why do we never hear, “I’m a retired checkout assistant”, or “I left my job as a cleaner to become a full-time mum”?
Why should we be ashamed of what we do to earn money? Why do some people in the public sector rank their careers above others when it is those who do the shit jobs that pay their wages? Could it be that the public sector (together with the BBC) is on a relentless PR mission to brainwash us into worshipping those who work for the state?
Or am I mistaken?
To prove I am not mistaken, I will take the last 5 episodes of Bargain Hunt and log the careers of each contestant and the sector in which they work (or have worked for in the past):
Series 46: 29. Westpoint 31
Red Team: (Retired) Art Technician (Sidmouth College) – Professional Artist
Blue Team: Foster parent – Carpenter
Series 46: 28. Peterborough 16
Red Team: Retired midwife – Nurse
Blue Team: “Odd job” man – Drama teacher
Series 46: 27. Wetherby 24
Red Team: Retired (unknown) – Unknown
Blue Team: Retired wholesaler – Retired chef
Series 46: 26. Elsecar 18
Red Team: Professional DJ – Student
Blue Team: Unknown – Student
Series 46: 25. Westpoint 30
Red Team: P.E. Instructor (Prison Service) – Support Worker for the disabled.
Blue Team: “Full Time Mum” (Ex-Nurse) – Translator/Magazine Editor
Out of the 20 contestants, we can safely say that 5 fall into the “private sector” category. The rest either do not, or it is ambiguous as to what their true story is.
However, what is interesting is the Red Team in Wetherby who didn’t state their past careers. I dare say, because they were deemed boring or unimportant by the BBC.
I could be wrong, but I believe the BBC are the enemy of the taxpayer. The BBC do not represent the people of Britain. The BBC is attempting to elevate public sector workers to hero status whilst ignoring the shit, boring, mind-numbing, yet most important and essential work carried out by the rest of us.
The BBC needs to pay more attention to the British majority.
The BBC needs to prove that its left-wing (socialist) bias is an unfortunate consequence rather than an intentional attempt to brainwash the people of Britain. But I feel that is an impossible request to satisfy.
If that is the case, the BBC should be set free to the lions of privatisation.