Jeremy Hardy [Image: BBC - how ironic].

Jeremy Hardy [Image: BBC – how ironic].

Comic Jeremy Hardy let the cat out of the bag on last Friday’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Answering a question about senior citizens’ charity Age UK working with electricity supply e-On to offer older people an energy tariff that costs £249 more than the cheapest rate, he said:

“Old people are being ripped off, paying too much for stuff. It would help if we had a nationalised power industry who just set a lower tariff for older people, obviously. Shoehorn that one in; that will get cut.”

He was suggesting the programmes BBC editors would remove his comment because of its obvious political content. Then he continued in whinging tones, in mockery of the attitude he was claiming the BBC had:

“‘We can’t be seen to have opinions on the radio because the Charter’s up for renewal. Ooh, the Telegraph might ring us up. Ooh, what will we do then?’

“In the interests of balance I should say that private enterprise is bracing and the old are a burden on society and should die!”

(In the interests of balance, This Writer should probably point out that he wasn’t being serious about the last bit.)

Of course, this is only confirming what we all know to be true – that the BBC has spent the last few years grovelling to the Conservative Parasites, presenting the Tory point of view as the only credible position, rubbishing the Opposition and generally failing in its duty as a public service broadcaster funded by the viewing and listening population, rather than vested interests like private corporations (Sky, Channel 5) or the UK government.

If you think this is harsh, check out some of the evidence. For example, on Twitter on Friday evening (February 12), This Writer spotted the following critique of Tory BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg’s reporting:

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