I’m not quite sure when I gave up watching BBC TV, it wasn’t sudden, it just
died a lingering death. Well over a year ago I would think.
BBC Radio listening declined after I bought an Internet Radio which provided far more choice. Eventually, on BBC, I was reduced to listening only to The Archers. My Mother had listened to it from the very beginning, 1951 or 1952, so I sort of grew up with it.
My last episode was the one when Brian Aldrich was being taken to Court for polluting a river and some fictional thug attacked him on the way in. Off it went straight away and has not been back on since. No idea when that was but a good few months ago. The Archers addiction is cured.
I don’t even listen to the programme my daughter produces for Radio 4 each week. She sometimes tells me of the trials and tribulations of getting a programme on air and I admire her dedication to hard work, long hours and stress very much, but I still can’t be bothered to listen.
But perhaps I should have watched the Marr Show, is that what it is called?, this weekend. Nigel Farage is perhaps a Marmite figure but his interview with Marr demonstrates exactly why his three week old Brexit Party is topping the polls. The Establishment figures just do not have a clue what is going on in the country. Rightly or wrongly Farage dominated the interview and you have to be one of the worst sort of Remainers to believe it wasn’t him who will benefit from it.
When the opportunity arises I meet up with Mick Barnbrook, Elwyn Bryant and John Watson, all occasional - ahem, very occasional! - helpers on Bonkers.
Brexit is nearly always on our agenda and opinions vary a little week by week. We won’t get it, it will be a BRINO Brexit, it will be a WTO Brexit etc.
My view for a long time has been that we will only get Brexit if the Tories are annihilated at a General Election and Labour is decimated - in the modern sense of the word - and a new listening party comes to the fore. Maybe I should have put some money on it.
When Andrew Marr next interviews Jeremy Corbyn, will he be questioned on his support for Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA, anti-Semitism, Venezuela and Marxism whilst ignoring the topic of the day? Or does Marr only attempt to smear those he disagrees with? The BBC at its very best. And they wonder why viewing and listening numbers have been plummeting.