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.
On hearing that Nestlé are moving production of the Blue Riband to Poland (and annihilating 300 British jobs), Aunt Bessie today confirmed; ‘What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
‘There’s no point in sticking around here’, she said, scornfully. ‘I’m leaving Britain!’
Aunt Bessie is best known for being good at making simple cooking simple again. But she insists; ‘It isn’t as simple as it looks.’
She points out the window towards a huge building that looks like an aircraft hanger. ‘That’s where raw chopped potatoes are dropped, from a height, into jet engines to produce my signature roast potatoes.’
Ms Bessie pauses for a few seconds, admiring – with suppressed pride – the building she describes. ‘Getting a business loan on that place was a nightmare!’
But what about the Yorkshires? After all, Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings are the best.
‘It’s always been a fine line between profits and corporate expansion’, says Bessie, ‘so investment in the company and share value is dictated by initiatives that demonstrate a dynamic approach to international markets and how we can exploit available cheap labour. That was – and still is – a factor of the EU. We can get Yorkshire puddings made more cheaply in Poland than anywhere else in the world.’
Aunt Bessie isn’t wrong. According to the BBC – and some other people – leaving the EU is economically worse than if Margaret Thatcher had closed down everything, and then closed everything down.
‘We could never thrive as a business in an independent, isolated, Britain’, says Aunt Bessie, ‘The cost of paying workers here would be slightly above our business plan targets. What’s the point of paying UK workers one percentage rate above the EU average? It makes no economic sense’
She’s right, of course. Why pay British workers more money simply because they’re British? If the average wage in Poland is substantially lower than in the UK, it makes sense to relocate your production to Poland.
‘The door is closing on the UK’, says Bessie, ‘I’m already contemplating moving my Bulgarian chicken stuffing plant to Iceland to cut costs on refrigeration. In the Icelandic summer months I can simply move my production to Antarctica. It really is as easy as that!’
“Nottingham Academy will lose £224,000 of the £15.1m it received in 2016-17.”
Not surprising seeing as Nottingham received the highest share per pupil of “The Dedicated School Grant (DSG)” [http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/news/how-much-per-pupil-funding-will-your-school-get] outside London back in 2014.
Perhaps Nottingham schools were more deserving of the extra funding above Birmingham and Manchester, but keep in mind that the City of Nottingham and the schools within the city boundary equate to less than 50% of Nottingham’s urban conurbation, and that schools outside the city perform better WITH LESS FUNDING!
And that’s a view from inside the city.
A couple of weeks ago, BBC News skipped over – faster than lightning – the fact that the strength of the US Dollar was forcing prices upwards worldwide, not just here in the UK. I think it was on one of those numerous days after Brexit when GBP gained value against EUR, so they couldn’t exactly isolate GBP as a sole loser “because of Brexit”.
The BBC, the establishment, and economists themselves, are learning (or, more probably, are not) that there is no such thing as bad economic news in a free market economic system. The lesson they should be learning is that increased government interference in a free market economy and the imposition of a common currency within an ever-expanding group of countries (The EU) will produce more negative economic effects than positive.
We are already seeing the economic benefits of leaving the EU and we haven’t left yet! We are seeing the exact opposite of what we were promised would happen on a Leave vote – recession, job losses, an exodus of bankers from The City, etc.
If there was a second EU referendum (a re-run), how many of those who voted Remain would now vote Leave, seeing as the doom and gloom has turned out to be quite a rosy and bright future?
As long as we retain our own currency and remove the one-size-fits-all bureaucracy of the EU, we will always be Great Britain.
Did I hear Vanessa Feltz (sitting in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2) correctly?
“This isn’t quite tax, this is Council Tax.”
Hmmn… Would she be happy to be as forthright when speaking about the ‘spare room subsidy’, otherwise known perversely (and incorrectly) as the ‘bedroom tax’, which isn’t a tax either.
The BBC had all the subliminal messages ready to fire at the British public at the first sign that Theresa May was going for a “hard Brexit”.
Here’s a good example of how a “live” summary update of an important speech is embellished with text and images not relating to the subject, and that could only have come from prior preparation.
I had to look twice before I realised that the “EU-Canada deal” had nothing to do with Britain or Brexit. The reason I had to take a second glance was because, at first glance, it seemed as though Theresa May had struck a trade deal with Canada! Such was the synchronicity with May’s dialogue.
This was, in my cynical (but logical) opinion, an attempt by the BBC to send the message to us Brits; “look at what you’ll be missing – free trade with Canada – when you leave the EU.”
Maple syrup, perhaps?
Isn’t it ironic that the term “post-truth” made it into the dictionary after Brexit and the election of Trump, when it is a term associated mostly with communism and left-wing politics.
One only has to view the BBC’s news and current affairs output to gain an understanding of the term post-truth; allow left-wing commentators and politicians to voice their political opinions without scrutiny, but aggressively challenge those from the political right-of-centre.
Here’s a couple of post-truths you may remember from the run-up to the last general election:
Over 100,000 people have used food banks in the last year. Double the year before! [The Trussell Trust]
The truth (or should that be the post-truth) is that more than 100,000 food vouchers were issued and that people using food banks would, on average, use 3 vouchers. With this in mind, the amount of people using food banks would have been more like a third (33,000) of the amount claimed.
The Trussell Trust did admit to this “error”, but claimed that – as a charity – they need to attract as much publicity as possible. However, in this case, the charity was certainly acting at a political level, and the BBC was taking every opportunity to highlight the trust’s figures, whilst ignoring those who had the facts ready for broadcast.
The “Bedroom Tax”
Not a tax at all, and – quite rightly – abolished due to a lack of one-bedroomed homes, even though the idea was heading in the right direction. But there’s an irony here that the word “tax” can be used as a good word and a bad word at the same time. When it’s used in conjunction with “rich”, it’s a good word, and when it’s used in conjunction with “poor”, it’s a bad word.
The question is; is tax a good thing, or a bad thing? It can’t be both!
Nevertheless, this was not a tax.
Titled: Ways Trump’s victory might affect the UK
This is a blatant and biased anti-Trump publication by the BBC. Read it. Then do the maths. (or “math” if you’re from north America)
“The UK, European and Asian markets initially fell on news of America’s seismic election result. Many markets then largely recovered. ”
Actually, as the news was breaking of Trump’s triumph, UK sterling jumped in value to 1.14 EUR from 1.11 – that’s a SIGNIFICANT short-term change in value! Today, it stands at 1.15 – even better!
“But in the longer term? The euro also strengthened in early trading, up 0.4% higher against the dollar. But the pound is still a long way beneath where it was before the Brexit vote.”
Hmmn… Yes it is, but <i>just before</i> the result of the EU Referendum, the pound had risen in value to ridiculous levels on the expectation that the country would vote to remain in the EU.
As it is, the pound is just below where it was just over 3 years ago, long before there was even mention of an EU referendum.
Parity will prevail. Do not allow those who will lose most to instil panic within you. What do you have to lose?