BBC Dying, Theresa May, & Mussolini Honoured?

UK News Roundup 26/10/2018


Theresa May Be On Her Way

The Tory leadership challenge is still a thing but has perhaps been stalled thanks to a rousing speech by Theresa May in response to tough questions from Brexiteers. The so-called Tory Rebels, those that are not confident in the Prime Minister’s ability to deliver a “proper” Brexit, have been considering a challenge to her reign. But just like Brexit in general, we’re at an impasse.


This might be one of those things that as we get closer to the actual date in which we need to make a decision, things will roll on quickly. Surely there are power games going on in the background that we’re not privy to. That said, if it were to come to an actual vote, May is toast. Even if less than half the party’s MP’s voted her out, she may be compelled to step down.


School Threatens Parent For Pointing Out How Incompetent They Are


The downsides of data protection laws come into full view when seen how they are utilized – in this case, a primary school head teacher has threatened a parent for sharing a picture of their child’s homework which had elementary grammatical errors. The sharing was “defamation,” according to the school, and asked the mother to take it down.


The totalitarian nature of compulsory education is on show once again. Instead, the parent should be suing the school for dangerous neglect of their child’s education. If the teachers can’t write English properly, on what basis is their forcing of children to be in their presence justified?

Declining Viewing Figures Among Young People Signal BBC Death Knell



BBC heads are panicking as media regulator Ofcom says the outlet is losing younger audiences to other networks and online content. On average, millennials consume less than an hour and a half of BBC content per day. This sounds like a lot, but not considering this is about half the average of other age groups and the ubiquity of BBC content.


Britons are still charged £150.50 a year for the TV license, which permits them to watch live television on any channel, not only BBC channels, which in the case of Sky and BT Sport have to buy a separate subscription. As is, this is about twice as expensive as a Netflix basic subscription, which is one outlet that younger people are turning to.


If I can think of an organization that’s possibly worse than TV Licencing or the BBC, it is Ofcom. A Soviet-style media censor, they argue the problem with the BBC is not the lack of decent content, or the political correctness, or the fact that it’s the bonafide Ministry of Truth, but because it fails to produce enough “distinctive UK content.” Plus, despite the fact they have announcers with speech impediments now, they fail to deliver on certain aspects of diversity (too many middle-class characters). This is the same organization that derided YouTube for having little regulation (That’s a feature, not a bug). They couldn’t be more dense to actually demonstrated consumer preference.


Nonetheless, this is all good news, as the slow death of the BBC continues. Anything we can do to speed this is welcome. Ofcom is also concerned with co-production deals with streaming companies to fund triple-A content such as Good Omens, but this is such awesome news. This is covert privatization of BBC content and we should be delighted. Once in a while, BBC produced-shows do well overseas, and the more signal we get from that, the more the BBC will be encouraged to co-fund with private companies, i.e. people that know what audiences actually want.


Alessandra Mussolini Defends Her Grandfather’s Honor


Some news from Europe – the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has a granddaughter in the European Parliament, and she is threatening to sue anybody who besmirches his name. She’s a populist and was part of Berlusconi’s right-wing government back in the day. She’s taken to Twitter to defend her Grandfather, the fascist tyrant that allied with Hitler and brutalized his political opponents.


The only reason we would take this seriously, beyond the worrying presence of defenders of literal fascism in European Parliament, is it could in a certain world come under anti-defamation laws. This is yet another arrow in the quiver for free-speech absolutists, for defaming people is in some situations a just thing to do. Yet, Alessandra’s wishes may be undone by laws against the promotion of fascism. Which we also do not believe in, as free speech absolutists.


The appropriate response to this is to jump to Twitter, as people have been doing in droves, and denounce this idiocy. You can’t help who your father is, but there is a point where family loyalty hits its limit and becomes downright asinine.

You can read more from James Smith on Think Liberty here.


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