Goodbye Mr Fridge

I did something last night that I never normally do: I listened for a couple of hours online to the BBC Radio 4 coverage of the EU election results. So I won’t be too surprised if I get a letter later this morning demanding I pay the £155 licence fee us Brits have to pay for the privilege of watching any BBC TV, and most likely listening to any BBC radio, and probably also using the letters BBC™ in blogs/emails/correspondence. It only applies to Brits: anyone else can watch and listen for free.

I was only listening because I wanted to hear live coverage of the election results, and Radio 4 seemed the obvious place to go.

It was an odd experience. For all the world you would have thought that the Lib Dems and the Greens had actually won the election. They had people from the Lib Dems and Greens talking animatedly and excitedly about how well they’d done. They even had a Danish woman who might have been the leader of some Danish Lib Dem or Green party saying the same sort of thing. Most remarkably they had former Conservative grandee Michael Heseltine telling people how he’d voted Lib Dem. And I learned that Tony Blair’s former press secretary Alastair Campbell had also voted Lib Dem. Everyone was voting Lib Dem or Green.

The only fly in the ointment was that there was some other party (the Accidental Party? The Brackish Party?) that seemed to be doing quite well. But they didn’t have anyone from that party on the show, and didn’t want anyone, although they did broadcast a fragment of the victory speech of its shadowy leader (Nigel Fridge? Ann Wiccan?) when he was re-elected as an MEP.

The entire coverage was suffused with a gushing enthusiasm for the EU and all things progressive and enlightened and trendy. One of the Lib Dems was at pains to point out that most people hadn’t voted for the Accidental party, and it was really just an unfortunate accident that it had won a few seats, and it would never happen again. He assured us that when most people’s voices finally got heard, Britain would remain in the EU, and it was astonishing that anyone ever thought it might leave.

Anyway that was the gist of the news from Radio 4 last night: the Lib Dems and the Greens had done absolutely brilliantly in the EU elections, while Conservatives and Labour had done shockingly badly. Even the leader of UKIP had lost his seat in the European parliament. And if there was a General Election anytime soon, we’d obviously have a Lib Dem – Green coalition government with Michael Heseltine as its Minister of Climate Catastrophe, and Alastair Campbell as its Minister of Online Internets, and Britain would embark on a crash windmill construction program. And it would be Goodbye Mr Fridge.

Or that’s what the BBC wanted me to believe. But somehow or other I don’t think that was quite what the whole story really was last night.

I wasn’t the only one who saw it this way:

BBC BIAS: Viewers slam Beeb’s European election coverage after it ignores Brexit Party success to focus on Remainer Lib Dems and Greens

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8 Responses to Goodbye Mr Fridge

  1. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Well they just don’t get it do they !!! Well done The Brexit Party ! I am so glad my vote counted towards their success !

  2. Twisted Root says:

    Lib Dems have always been the party of the dustbin vote and the Greens an indulgence vote. Arguably, the Brexit Party vote is just as flaky and is up for grabs for any party that can persuade voters that they can be trusted with Brexit.

    People understand the the EU parliament is an expensive talking shop and their vote is a zero cost message.

  3. Rose says:

    Yorkshire & Humber (6 MEPs)

    Brexit Party 37%, Labour 16%, Lib Dems 16%, Greens 13%, Tories 7%, Ukip 4%, Yorkshire Party 4%, Change UK 2%

    Brexit Party 3 MEPs, Labour 1, Lib Dems 1, Greens 1

  4. smokingscot says:

    Nigel retains his seat, Ann Widdecombe gets one and their doyenne, Annunziata Rees-Mogg floors the legacy parties.

    Huge disappointment that UKIP tanked, however they still managed to get a projected 3.6% share of the vote, vs Change UK that’s expected to end up with 2.8%.

    I agree with Twisted Root, we (the electorate) are nowhere near as ignorant as the elite might like to believe. This election is a chuckaway vote and it’s very unlikely that any of our MEP’S will be in position come November.

    The next election of interest is the Peterborough by-election that’ll take place on 6 June. It’s swung between Tory and Labour for years, so this result will give us a far better indication of the future for The Brexit Party.

    I am however well pleased at how this phenomenon has played out in the rest of Europe. The front guy in Greece was so shocked at the result there, where his party got a wolloping, that he’s called for a snap election for next month! Silly gesture.

    And Geert’s Freedom Party lost all 4 seats, though the new eurosceptic party has 3. Nevertheless Geert may get one seat when we leave the EU.

    Of greater relevance to smokers is the party that got the smoking ban legislation stopped in Austria has slipped badly. Need to wait until their general election next month to see if that translates to domestic issues.

    Still trying to suss out what this’ll mean for the European Project.

  5. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    Wot! A £155 fee is imposed by the technologically illiterate UK government to be indoctrinated with state sanctioned propaganda? Sounds like taxing smokers to pay for their own persecution.
    Strident rent seeking never stops, and it’s never enough.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6181079/post-election-call-remains-strident-for-smoking-campaign/?cs=14225

  6. Sounds a bit like the news coverage we had here about ten years ago when Ron Paul ( our own version of Farage in a way ) unsettled a LOT of people by doing VERY well in the first presidential primary of that season. Check out this quick video analysis: it’s truly amazing/unsettling.

    (And sorry, fair warning: it leads off with a thirty-second advertisement for Big Pharma. ::sigh:: worth it though!) See:

    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/in35c7/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-indecision-2012—corn-polled-edition—ron-paul—the-top-tier

    – MJM

  7. Roobeedoo2 says:

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