There is hardly a day that goes by when the BBC isn’t running an ‘NHS in crisis’ story usually as a result of ‘a BBC exclusive investigation’…so you know they have gone out looking for these stories, which aren’t hard to find of course. The NHS is massive, over 1.5 million employees and in England alone deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours. Any wonder you will find stories of some sort of failure…add to that the population is growing rapidly due to immigration and the resultant added pressure on the NHS is endless and relentless.
The BBC just likes to dig out the negative stories which they like to present as ‘worthy’ news but are in fact mostly moral showboating that fills up the airtime and has the happy side-effect of damaging the Tories…they hope. This morning on 5Live we were warned of a crisis in palliative care…not enough funds, ruthless bean-counters who don’t care about the patients and nowhere near enough care available. The unfortunate woman who was wheeled in as an example of that failure had a husband and a daughter who both needed palliative care…when the husband died the NHS withdrew some of the funds the wife received to look after him and then when the daughter also died she lost more funding and her motability car that was to provide transport for the daughter. The wife lost some of my sympathy when she seemed to expect this funding and provison of a car to continue…she said she felt she just couldn’t work anymore…..undoubtedly there are always wrinkles in the NHS funding system that means people don’t get everything they need but when the reason for that provision is no longer there they can’t expect to keep receiving the money….other patients will need it.
Why does the BBC keep on insisting in ramping up these small personal problems into massive signs of the NHS in crisis?
Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph suggests a reason……
‘I once used to dabble in “investigatve journalism”, so I know how soul destroying it can be to spend months beavering away at some supposed great scandal in public life only to find that the more you look into it, the less it turns out to be. The temptation to ramp it up into something it’s not is hard to resist. I therefore have some sympathy with the BBC Panorama team and their work on the exotically named ” Paradise Papers”. We were promised a series of revelations that would blow the lid on supposedly rampant international tax avoidance; what we got actually didn’t add up to a hill of beans.
Try as it did the BBC failed to demonstrate anything significantly untoward and yet it left the impression of shameful misuse by multinationals of offshore havens to avoid paying their share. You can see why commerce prefers to keep its affairs private when subjected to this kind of knocking and substantially ignorant, anti-business treatment.’
A pretty accurate summation of how the BBC goes about its business..basically mud-slinging…it repeatedly protrayed the use of tax havens as ‘secret’ operations, secret investments, highly secret documents of the rich and powerful….no…they were just private….as you and I like to think our own bank accounts and financial affairs are. ‘Secret’ is a perjorative word carefully chosen to build a narative of something being hidden…and if it’s ‘hidden’ that must be because it is illegal or immoral…and thus they have something to hide. The BBC inventing a story where there is none…or none of any significance.
Just the BBC trying to create a narrative that we are being robbed by the ‘rich and powerful’ using ‘secret’ investments that no one knows about….except they are all entirely legal and everyone knows about off-shore bankng and investment…the BBC indulges in a bit of it itself. Ireland is a tax haven, indeed the UK is a tax haven with relatively low corporate tax rates. The BBC has just chosen to target those it thinks would seem to help Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-capitalist drive in the same way it targets the NHS and presents it as in crisis all the time.
The BBC…Corbyn’s useful idiots on tap.