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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The future of state broadcasting

Salman Rushdie on BBC One in a q & a on topics of culture and current affairs.
How long before Finlay MacDonald gets a foosball table for 'Talk Talk'?

It's the sort of quality broadcasting that only £145.50 a year can give you.



At 17/10/10 5:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not if you are an elderly pensioner over eighty I believe and a three hundred pounds winter heating rebate all being scrapped by the tories including a universal child benefit.But they have "make savings" and we've heard it all before like a broken needle fixed on trickle down a rising tide floats all boats.Meanwhile assets get cherry-picked for privatisation and the real redistribution of income upwards not downwards.Ten to eleven billion sold under labour and half that after the ones that share power in a left-right conspiracy to keep us all dumb-downed (despite 3000 extra funding for places not specifically targetted at locals first and foremost ahead of racial minority quotas and foreign students).

At 18/10/10 1:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I tend to disagree with all the talk of saving the public broadcaster when that privilege has already well and truly been usurped.The three new free to air channels my aerial receives are prime, maori and triangle all good value to boot.The movie tonight was particularly enjoyable with intermission included.Neopolitan and lemonade sundaes in the fridge and freezer.

As with all addicts the radio only reinforces someone elses rumour or innuendo to the nth degree.Laws and co repeat ad infinitum about fat brown slugs and turds etc.Then the truckies stage a protest and drive around in circles as the rumour had it that banksy was going to address them at the town hall.Laws fell for that one.He never made it.One lasting impression though was of a young maori boy standing in front of the curtains as the trucks drove through the night making their deliveries and staying tuned into the hosts.What of his future?


At 18/10/10 3:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The move to a market model of social policy in N.Z is complete.The phase of political liberalism has passed us by.Core public sector assets including the sale of telecom for just over $4 Billion a record at the time involved massive state assets sales of some $9 Billion and a wholesale attack on benefits in 1991 by National.Finally, a phase of perpetual restructuring has been established.
It will be the first time since the late 1980s that the two parties will not be arguing from roughly the same bedrock of economic "orthodoxy" inherited from the Rogernomics and later Ruth Richardson eras.

At 18/10/10 4:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not surprising to most informed commentators that the Treasury had detailed plans in place once Mr.Muldoon had left the building replaced by the young turks of labour.They had clearly formulated an economic agenda for selling social policy down the river dating right back to 1984.The set of refoms in the late eighties included health and education and these essentials for the reform of social policy was already part of their agenda.All cabinet committees became answerable to treasury and their claims of middle class capture.Treasury's power quadrupled with a budget which climbed more dramatically than any others who might have resisted their central tenets or thesis for change.From $32 million to $161 million in 1991, and in the absence of any resistance from weaker departments they not only set the agenda for refom but they were rarely questioned.


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