Listening to Nick ‘Blue Robbo’ Robinson’s interview (actually more a mix of bullying and hectoring) with Emily Thornberry on this morning’s Today programme, reminded me of how infantilized British mainstream political discourse has become in the last 10 to 15 years, perhaps more so since the Tories came to power in 2010.
Today is Armistice Day, a fact that seems to have escaped Blue Robbo, whose questions were framed to suggest that these weren’t questions at all, but statements produced by Conservative Central Headquarters to be put to any Labour politician who entered the studio. I would argue that Robbo’s questions were an insult to the memories of those who perished, both military and civilian, of all the wars since World War One.
The person who posted this YouTube clip of the ‘interview’ clearly has an ideological agenda, as the title suggests. Ignore it and listen to the interview.
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Take a look at this. This is Boris Johnson laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, but the wreath is upside down. This photo was in yesterday’s Sunday Mirror.
Then compare the above photo to this:
Rather than display the original footage on their website, the BBC have instead posted footage from 2016 with Johnson carrying an entirely different wreath the right way up.
The BBC must think we’re as stupid as they are.