“It represents the triumph of politics over reality. It shows that if you repeat a big lie often enough, the people will eventually come to believe it”
“Evidence, which mounts daily, that the NHS is corrupt and incompetent and provides an increasingly useless and often callous service is ignored”
I am still refusing to take my government issue GroupThink pills, unlike the BBC and most of the mainstream media, so you can read here a view of the Olympic opening ceremony shared by probably half the nation, but distorted by TV and newspapers who seem to be in the pay of Big Brother.
The unanimous view, led and orchestrated by the BBC, lauded the opening ceremony as perfect in every way. BBC NewsNight on Friday invited a group of commentators it knew would all say the same, positive thing about the grotesquely expensive Olympic Opening ceremony. This endless, rambling piece of sometimes government propaganda, other times rewriting history, always politically correct, cost almost £30 million pounds, although I distinctly remember Prime Minister David Cameron saying it was ok to add £44 million to the opening ceremony budget some weeks ago.
And I have to admit it started brilliantly.
The youthful orchestra played a wonderful, moving rendition of Nimrod, and coupled with the amazing reaction from the crowd, I thought that the ceremony was going to bowl me over. Unfortunately, that was the high spot. A long segment showing lots of Victorians in dark suits and top hats became boring very quickly. It was senseless to give air time to the nuclear disarmament movement, which was nothing more than a minute group of very noisy leftie idiots who would rather be red than dead. But it was the NHS segment that had me incandescent with rage. The producer of this epic was Danny Boyle, who I’ve never heard of.
The NHS is a powerful symbol of all that is wrong with Britain. It represents the triumph of politics over reality. It shows that if you repeat a big lie often enough, the people will eventually come to believe it. If you look at any measure of world class health care, Britain is low down in the league and falling. Britons have been convinced by politicians and their apologists that the National Health Service, an incompetent and outdated way of delivering health care, is the envy of the world. They won’t be shaken out of their complacency on this. If you tune into one of the big weekly political participation shows like Question Time on BBC TV or Any Questions on BBC Radio 4, if any one hints at not believing that the biggest bureaucracy in Europe is an example to the world, a lynch mob seems to form in an instant. Evidence, which mounts daily, that the NHS is corrupt and incompetent and provides an increasingly useless and often callous service is ignored, although the media is full of stories underlining this fact.
The idea that the state can provide some kind of “free” health care is a lie, which politicians of the left push, with the complicity of the cowardly Conservative party. Look at health care in France and Germany, where standards are hugely higher, and individuals take responsibility for their bills through insurance. This imposes a discipline on the system, and outcomes are unarguably better.
But Boyle thinks the NHS is so wonderful (or he was leaned on by David Cameron to say so) that it can be celebrated as a national treasure that we Brits should be proud of, and was the central feature of his opening ceremony. This is nonsense of the highest order and Orwellian big-brother speak to boot.
BBC re-elect Obama campaign
The BBC is helping to make sure Barack Obama is re-elected as President of the U.S., so it joined in the fun of trying to make Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, look bad. Romney mouthed some inoffensive remarks about the run-up to the Olympics which have been endlessly repeated in the British media. Yes, the possible strike by immigration officers wouldn’t have helped. Yes, the problems with the recruitment of security officials might not be positive, but it would probably be alright on the night. But the BBC and its fetid partners in the British media leapt on this as though it was some kind of outrageous criticism. Even newspapers of the right took part in this, just underlining what we already know; that much of the British media is lazy, and moves like a herd when stories break, hating to miss out on a trend (see above).
On Saturday morning, BBC Radio 4’s Today show ended with a piece on this, and John Humphreys remarked that Romney was off to Israel today, “God help us”, leaving the thought with the listeners that this hopeless incompetent was likely to repeat more dangerous gaffs while there. Humphreys is hopelessly biased, but he has been for about 40 years, so I suppose we have to grin and bear it. Why can’t the BBC do something simple like being balanced and fair? Why do I waste time pointing this out?