LINE OF DUTY

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a zealous republican; but nor am I an ardent monarchist either, for that matter.  I sit firmly in the camp of “Don’t give a shit”.  It doesn’t bother me whom we have as Head of State to press the flesh of dictators of former colonies.

So it was with deep apathy that I learned of the death of Prince Philip.  He struck me as an offensive, upper class twit; but that was personal and nothing to do with him being elected or unelected.

More interestingly, I noted that the BBC received a record number of complaints (over 100,000) for its coverage of said death; specifically, over its cancellation of scheduled programmes.  ITV too.

Now, I wouldn’t have been prompted to have posted this if 100,000 people had complained that a programme highlighting the greatest threat to the world (global warming) had been cancelled; or one on the work of the NHS in combatting Covid.  But no.  Over 100,000 people complained that they couldn’t watch somebody making breakfast (James Martin) or tea (Bake Off), or watch those menopausal women who come on the box for hours at dinner time.  Or were these complainants mid-evening morons deprived of unlikely story lines from stereotypes of Manchester, London or the Yorkshire Dales?

Personally, I’ve been drawn to the conclusion that the Old Fart wasn’t so bad after all.  I reckon he shook a six on purpose in a sense of duty to give us all a night off.

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kJ Walker

Sun 18th Apr 2021 09:08

Jimmy Savile was almost revered as a saint in this country. Right up to and after his death not many of us knew, or suspected what he had been up to (with the exception of Jonny Rotten). He was virtually given a state funeral, which was televised, and we all felt a great loss when he went.

He was the exception, in that it was after his death that bad things were said. May he rot in hell.

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John Coopey

Sat 17th Apr 2021 18:52

It’s the one sure-Fire way to garner popularity, Kev. This is what The Guardian had to say about a well-known charity fundraiser in 2011.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/oct/29/sir-jimmy-savile

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kJ Walker

Sat 17th Apr 2021 08:06

funny how no-one has a bad word for him now.
maybe Andrew will be the next one to do us all a favour.
that'd mek interesting watching

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John Coopey

Fri 16th Apr 2021 18:34

After competitive cooking came sewing, needlework and pottery. How long before there’s doing the dishes and scrubbing the floor. And why on earth do women not find these programmes offensive?

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 16th Apr 2021 14:45

The Age of Mediocrity has been with us for a while now, with its
army of easy-life disciples who resent being deprived of their
daily bowl of media pap. How was this multitude of moans anything
but an indication of the non-industrious in non-productive action?

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