In response to an FT article by Martin Wolf on 29th October 2015, entitled 'Public broadcaster belongs to the people'
"The fact that right and left agree it is especially biased against their side demonstrates that. It is far better than any likely alternatives"
Exactly - well said Mr Wolf.
One of the things I most like about the BBC is that they have attracted the ire, and thus exposed the hubris and hypocrisy, of every Prime Minister and British government that I can remember. Though I remember the government of Sir Alex Douglas-Hume and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, my 'first PM' was really Mr Harold Wilson.
Since then I think the BBC's greatest achievements have included putting Lady Thatcher's nose out of joint on several occasions. There are too many to mention, but a great one was when 'Nationwide' allowed an audience member to challenge her over the sinking of the Belgrano. Mrs Thatcher was always in her comfort zone when slapping her gaggle of little boys around, but as with other politicians who become legends in their own lunchbox, she was not so good with 'normal' people - folks not impressed by her overwhelming sense of entitlement to compliance.
The other politician that deserves mention was of course, Mr Blair, who was repeatedly frustrated at the BBC's habit of questioning his hubris, particularly over Iraq. He did most of his whining through a team of attack dogs, who to my mind, made a great case for the BBC every time they started frothing at the mouth. Mr Campbell provided the best entertainment on that score.
The BBC is not perfect, never will be, but before we throw our weight behind the efforts of governments and crony capitalists to throw them out...have you seen what's on offer elsewhere...the Murdochs anyone?