“Patriotism”? Seriously?

BBC report: Brexit: Andrea Leadsom says broadcasters need to be patriotic

Seriously? This woman is an MP? Somebody who once aspired to lead her party?

I think it would be unpatriotic not to denounce her as an imbecile.

“Patriotic” obedience is near the top of the list of things that right-wing wingnuts tend to think that they deserve but it is also very near the top of the list of things that professional politicians are expected to be too smart to actually say anywhere near a microphone. You expect this from somebody truly unhinged, like Trump, where the bile duct is connected directly to the mouth unmediated by the brain, but I thought that Leadsom was far too boring to be that blatantly batshit. Even Boris would think twice before coming up with anything so idiotically self-defeating.

Seriously, seriously. This is more than a tactical blunder. This is genuinely dangerous. You can’t play this sort of game in a Democracy. In a Democracy, a government has no right to expect broadcasters to uncritically spout their idiotic “patriotic” propaganda.

If Tory MPs want to make clowns of themselves then the BBC’s job is to report what they say but not to promote their programme or to lie about how well it is going. That way the infamous Fake NewsTM lies! If Leadsom really is too stupid to see that the wheels are falling off the Brexit bandwagon then it is not the BBC’s fault that she doesn’t like what she hears on the News.

Anyway, to quote a man who had the good sense to piss off to Mexico and disappear:

“PATRIOTISM, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.”

– Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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June 24, 2017. #Brexit, Books, Politics.

One Comment

  1. Conor Boyle replied:

    Couldn’t agree more, “be more patriotic” translates roughly to “accept our incompetence and stop asking questions or your a traitor” it was a very shallow comment to make. Fair dues to Emily Maitlis who responded perfectly

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