The Today programme is letting go of the controls and allowing the Great British Public to work the machine in the guise of guest editors.
The guest editors are the usual bunch of ‘safe hands’ who can be relied upon to toe the party line and not rock the boat……
Sir Paul Nurse who believes strongly that scientists have a duty to speak out about science in public life and challenge pseudoscience (ie climate sceptics!)….and is of course strongly pro AGW.
Melinda Gates. Wife of Bill Gates…..happily in line with BBC ethos of tackling poverty by the rich, and the British government, giving away all their money to poor countries….
‘Since retiring as the company’s general manager of information products in 1996, Melinda Gates has focused on philanthropy. The foundation, which was founded in 1994 and renamed in 2000, seeks to tackle extreme poverty and enhance healthcare throughout the world. “I am very excited about the opportunity to guest edit the Today programme,” she says. “I hope to highlight the amazing progress that has already been made in improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, and the vital role that UK generosity and African leadership have played.’
Benjamin Zephaniah……who must be paying PAYE by now at the BBC he’s on so often…..no need to say anything about him.
Al Murray, Pub Landlord….. in real life nothing like his on-stage persona……
‘The comedian could not be further removed from his outrageous alter ego. In place of the boorish pub bore, Murray is a sensitive, intelligent Oxford history graduate with a most un-Landlordly interest in learning and literature. Unlike his rabidly right-wing creation, the comic says he could never bring himself to vote Tory. There is, i’m very glad to report, a huge gulf between performer and performance. Murray is quick to underline that ‘there is a strict gap between me and the Landlord. It’s not even a fine line – it’s a Grand Canyon!’ ‘
And finally the token non lovey type…journalist Ann Leslie…someone from whom BBC journo’s, so called, could learn a lot…. though she is politically non partisan and did support the Iraq War and Bush.…..her husband was a BBC studio manager…..
‘She did, however, back the Iraq war, thereby contradicting her newspaper’s editorial line. ‘I don’t vote any particular line. I was against the Kosovo war because I believe it delayed the departure of Milosevic. I was in favour of the Iraq war from my experiences seeing the Shias being pulverised and I came to the conclusion ” and I didn’t know about WMD, who did? ” that we would have to dislodge Saddam Hussein sometime because he certainly had the intention to get WMD. He was an off-the-wall psychopath.’
The catastrophic aftermath of the Iraq war has, in part, led to Leslie’s growing disenchantment with George Bush, a politician she had long admired. She used ‘subterfuge’ to get a one-on-one interview with the US President when he was running for the White House in 2000. ‘We got on like a house on fire,’ says Leslie. ‘He’s a very, very sharp man. He has a speech problem, which his father had too. But he has great instinct. I’ve been a great cheerleader for him, but recently he appears to have lost the extraordinary instinctive ability to connect with his own people. Having said that, I loathe the anti-Americanism that newspapers like The Independent go in for. I despise the moral equivalence that Bush and Blair are ‘war criminals’. How many mass graves are we digging up outside Esher, of people who have opposed Thatcher or Blair?’ ‘