Monday, May 04, 2009

Cheesy control

Samizdata's quote of the day is, frankly, rather entertaining...
They want to manage and control every aspect of daily life. That is not the role of the EU. It is the role of local government.

—A French euroskeptic cheese merchant, interview broadcast on BBC World Service this morning.

Very revealing, non...?


Prodicus said...

Note: on the World Service.

In the wee small hours of the morning, insomniac Britons can hear a lot more like this: the sort of useful discussion, often containing large helpings of intellectual red meat, of the sort that is only a folk memory for most the BBC's UK audience.

If the World Service were to broadcast to the world the BBC's domestic output of mendacious, watery, mind-control gruel it would, firstly, rightly be vilified by hundreds of millions of people for broadcasting pathetically obvious lies and distortions, to the shame of the United Kingdom, and secondly, it would lose its entire audience in very short order.

When I am the DG of the BBC I shall close Radio 4 and broadcast the World Service across the UK, from Bush House. It will be free to air and appeal for public subscriptions which people will be falling over themselves to pay out of sheer relief. Content will be no problem. Producers will be falling over themselves to supply free stuff in order to get a smidge of a world audience of a billion.

Bridget Kendal and Peter Day will be joint Managing Directors of the re-named PBS (Prodicus Broadcasting Service). Jeff Randall will be the economics and business editor.

There will be no job for... oh, so many of the bastards.

Anonymous said...

The Frogs went straight from the dictatorship of the Ancien Regime to the dictatorship of Robespierre's Republic thence to the dictatorship of Napoleon's Empire. From there the c19th is a story of one totalitarian regime displacing another - Bourbons, Republicans, back to Bourbons, back to Bonapartes, back to Republicans.

If ever you wanted a nation that was created for the sole purpose of being led and told what to do, it is the French. The state is worshipped there by every person at every level. In a pure sense, France is not a nation-state but a state-nation - it is a government with a country rather than a country with a government.

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