Attack on BBC is a sinister development

The whole country is used to Boris Johnson pulling a stunt to distract attention when he is faced with yet another self-inflicted catastrophe.

The latest ploy by Johnson, the attack on the BBC, has rather a sinister undercurrent. When the Government defunded the BBC World Radio Service, which was Britain’s strongest soft power influence globally, who benefitted most? Vladimir Putin. The BBC World Service Russian output was cut, and a vital counter to the Russian propaganda output was gone.

The BBC is a massive asset in disseminating British influence globally. It is hugely respected for its objective reporting and is used by communities across the world, unable to rely on the news coverage in their own country.

Crippling and undermining the BBC is therefore in Russia’s interest. Fascinatingly the Tory Party have been recorded to receive millions in donations from Russian Oligarchs, some with strong links to Vladimir Putin.

Boris Johnson’s refusal to release the report on the extent of Russian influence meant it took years and a huge effort by campaigners to get it released. Even then it was edited or redacted. The extent to which Russian influence permeates the Tory Party is still unclear.

When Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries entered Parliament she criticised old Etonian David Cameron as a posh boy who did not know the cost of a pint of milk.

Now, appointed by another old Etonian similarly disconnected and out of touch, she is using her position to push crude attempts at media censorship, to stem the widespread criticism of the Government’s deep seated incompetence and sleaze.

Her use of social media to attack detractors led one Daily Telegraph writer to remark: “It makes it hard for us to respect parliamentarians in general. They should be like us, of course, but at our best. She comes out of this looking very thin skinned and at best eccentric”.

Nadine Dorries’ attack on the BBC does appear ill-judged. Members of the Cabinet have complained that they were not consulted.

Vastly experienced Tory MP Peter Bottomley was “not impressed” by the announcement.

He asked why the BBC licence was the one thing that could not be increased because of the cost of living hikes ?

No sign of the government requiring energy companies to freeze their price increases!

Both Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries show just how thin skinned and inexperienced they are, Johnson throwing out meaningless sound bites and Dorries naively attempting to justify her boss’s ploys.

They cannot cope with the routine rough and tumble of national politics. The old but very appropriate saying: “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!” applies.

What happened to the integrity that Nadine Dorries showed in criticising just how out of touch the old Etonians are?

The woman who described them as “arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to understand the lives of others - that is their real crime.”

Andrew Milroy

Bellefield Crescent


EV sleight of hand

Jane Milner-Barry is quite right to highlight the Government's sleight of hand in abandoning plans for every shop, office or factory with more than 20 cars to install EV charging facilities.

I'm betting that a sure way to make such a proposition work is to ensure the most senior Manager drives an electric vehicle.

I'm sure that will concentrate the mind and ensure an EV point is installed post haste.

Des Morgan

Caraway Drive


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