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Sunday, 6 December 2009


At the same time that Andrew Marr was doing the unexpected on BBC1, Paddy O'Connell and friends were doing the very-much-expected on Radio 4's Broadcasting House. The issue of Tory Toffs was very much on the agenda, and Labour MP Tony Wright's son Ben Wright (of the BBC) was not about to let it rest.
I will copy and paste something from the B-BBC website:
"This morning’s Broadcasting
House decided to deal with Gordon Brown’s ‘Eton’ attack on the Tories by sending
a reporter to find out if Labour backbenchers agree with this plan of attack.
Guess what? They did!
So we had a collection of Labour MPs putting flesh on
the bones of the original attack.
The reporter’s conclusion? That this
approach may have failed at Crewe and Nantwich but this time it could work. So
all very positive.
And the reporter? Ben Wright, son of veteran Labour MP
Tony Wright.
How very cosy."

It certainly was cosy. Ben talked to Labour MPs John Grogan, Martin Linton and Gordon Prentice. All three were, as freddo41 says, supportive of the Labour 'attack line'. Prentice bashed the Tories and said "It's the old country set writ large" and brought up that Bullingdon Club photograph. (What about Ed Ball's Oxford photograph?) Linton personally attacked Zak Goldsmith, as well as the Tories in general. Does every Labour MP really approve of this shabby, hypocritical tactic? That's what we'd gather from Tony Wright's son's report.
This was preceded by BBC reporter Rajini Vaidyanathan chatting to presenter Paddy O'Connell about how Gordon Brown was "seen to have landed a killer blow on David Cameron with his talk of the playing fields of Eton" Which raises the obvious question, "Seen by who? By Labour, the Guardian, the BBC?" She also said that Dave has "spent much of his time as leader re-branding the party, showing that it's not just for toffs". He may well have re-branded the party, but "showing that it's not just for toffs" was no part of that re-branding. Did the Conservative Party of Mrs Thatcher, John Major, William Hague and Michael Howard really have the image of being a party of toffs, as Rajini implies? I'd have thought not, except in the mind of an amnesiac, leftie Beebette. *

1 comment:

  1. Did Ben Wright ask the Labour MPs what they thought of Harriet Harman and Shaun Woodward ? And Labour MPs who went to Oxbridge ? If not, a classic example of BBC bias.


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