John Humphrys was talking to Jeremy Hunt this morning [08:10] about the state of mental health services and we learnt from Humphrys that Reality doesn’t matter, the facts don’t matter, what does matter is perception. Not really an astounding revelation from the BBC as the BBC has never really dealt in facts. The problem is of course who creates that Perception. Unfortunately for the world it is the BBC itself. And the BBC’s world view? Entirely at odds with the majority of the country never mind the Tory Party.
A good example is in fact the very subject under discussion, mental health. The BBC has been campaigning on this issue for a couple of years now, hard not to tune into 5Live and not hear one of the overpaid and underworked employees telling us how terrible the NHS provision is for mental health services ‘since 2010’. Humphrys tells us demand for such services has skyrocketed…why might that be? Could it in fact have a great deal to do with the BBC itself telling people they are ill and to head as fast as possible to their GP to demand ‘treatment’ whereas before people might have shrugged it off and gotten through what might well have been a phase….whatever happened to the stiff upper lip? Not insignificant that ‘Princess Di’ is filling the airwaves again with mawkish, sentimental, self-involved tales.
So quite posssible the BBC itself has played a large part in generating this mental health ‘crisis’….The Tories get no credit despite 1500 more people being seen a day under their rule….they could not have foreseen the sudden massive upsurge in demand when they began cutting services…the massive demand that coincides with the BBC campaign to generate peoples’ awareness of their ‘illness’ and what they should expect to get from the NHS and then to attack the Tories for not dealing with that huge upswing….a perfect storm for the BBC…it generates a crisis and then blames the Tories for it.
The BBC’s answer is always more money…completely disregarding why there is austerity and where all this money will come from….the BBC raising peoples’ expectations and thus putting huge pressure on the government. The BBC is acting completely irresponsibly and is itself taking part in politics rather than standing back and informing people.