Thank God for Jimmy Savile – James Delingpole’s Friday column

We’ve been a bit quiet over here at Bogpaper Towers but that’s because we’ve been awaiting the arrival of the brilliant new Friday column from the rather wonderful James Delingpole…and here it is!

Bogpaper is for everyone, so send us your comments on the column and we’ll hand them over to Mr Delingpole next time he pops in to Bogpaper Towers for a coffee.

Thank God for Jimmy Saville

Sometimes the right things happen for the wrong reason. Al Capone was done for tax evasion rather than murder; Adolf Hitler died by his own hand rather than kicking and gagging from a lamp-post; Chris Huhne lost his job because of an alleged motoring offence.

And the BBC is finally getting its come-uppance not for being the single most malign, corrupt, mendacious, hypocritical and dangerous institution in modern Britain – (well, outside Westminster, at any rate) – but because of the grubby antics of a filthy old dead perve.

Obviously I don’t wish to play down the vileness of Jimmy Savile’s crimes. But however many girls, boys and – so the rumour goes – corpses the creep may have abused in his long and repellant career, they are a drop in the ocean when set against the many millions of lives blighted, diminished and destroyed over the decades by his employer.

You think what Savile did to his victims was loathsome? I’d heartily agree. But what about the hundreds of thousands who’ve perished on a squalid NHS ward as a result of incompetence, negligence or maladministration? What about the pensioners condemned to spend their last years in penury? What about the school-leavers and graduates who can’t get jobs in our stagnant economy? What about the kids who’ve not only been denied a rigorous, disciplined education but have had their heads filled with lies? What about the bitterness, resentment and social tension stoked up by multiculturalism? What about the divisions and fear sowed by the rise of Islamism? What about the rural homeowners whose property values have been trashed and whose cherished landscapes ruined by the great wind farm blight? What about the church flower arrangers who now have to be vetted as potential paedophiles? What about the holidaymakers whose flight costs have been almost doubled by eco-taxes? What about the 2,700 elderly people who die each year from fuel poverty? What about the household budgets strained, the dream holidays foregone, the school fees rendered unaffordable, the choices limited as a result of all the money confiscated by the government through tax, borrowing and money printing?

The BBC was responsible for it all.

Not directly responsible: that would be a silly claim to make. Rather, what the BBC has done over several decades, is to create the socio-political climate which made all these things not merely possible but acceptable – and accepted – as the norm.

For years the BBC’s default position on every issue  has been: “Why isn’t the government doing more to deal with this….?” But just imagine how very different our world would look if, instead, our compulsorily-funded, quasi-monopolistic state broadcaster’s default position had been: “Why can’t the government get out of the way and leave us free to pursue our hopes and dreams?”

Imagine, for example, how much less sclerotic and over-regulated our economy would be if Britain were no longer a member of the EU – just a trading partner. Imagine how much healthier we’d be – and how much shorter our waiting lists – if we had an efficient, cost-effective health service run on the Singapore model. Imagine how much more disposable income we’d have if, instead of thinking that its job was to featherbed every lardarsed welfare scrounger and give free mansion acccommodation to every hookarmed terrorist the government contented itself with just the basics like preserving property rights, law and order and national security. Imagine if the kind of education provided by Eton were the norm rather than the exception. Imagine if rather than squandering trillions on junk science and non-existent crises like “Man Made Global Warming”, we could instead allocate our scarce resources to areas where they’d really make a difference – developing a cure for the fungus destroying our ash trees, say, or learning to fish sustainably as they do in Iceland….

Most probably you can’t. And the reason that imagining the wonderful world I’ve just described is so very hard to do is simple: fifty or more years’ brainwashing by the sinister and Orwellian BBC has made it all but impossible.

If “brainwashing” and “sinister and Orwellian” sound too strong consider just one example. In the courts this week a blogging pensioner from North Wales called Tony Newbery has been fighting a lonely, gruelling and expensive battle against armies of BBC lawyers in order to try to extract from the BBC a small piece of information which, as licence-fee-payers, we all have a right to know: who were the “Secret 28” scientific “experts” at the infamous 2006 seminar at which the BBC decided to stop reporting impartially on climate change?

So far the BBC has spent several hundred thousand pounds – Andrew Orlowski at The Register who has been following the case reckons the legal team alone is costing them around £40,000 a day – resisting Newbery’s FOI requests. Is this really what we pay our licence fee for? And what exactly has the BBC got to hide?

Well, quite a lot in this particular case for it exemplifies the BBC’s flagrant abuse of its privileged, monopolistic status. With privilege comes responsibilities. Suppose, say, you’ve been promoted by the BBC into becoming their most popular children’s television personality: one of your responsibilities, it might reasonably be inferred, is not to take vulnerable or disturbed underaged kids back to your caravan and force them to do unspeakable things with your rancid old member. Or suppose you’re the national broadcaster with four TV channels, umpteen radio stations, an enormous website, a reputation for trustworthiness and a cosy arrangement whereby your viewers are forced to pay for your content regardless of whether they think it’s any good: well clearly you owe it to your audience to honour your Charter obligations and remain as scrupulously fair and balanced as you possibly can.

This the BBC fails to do. Its coverage of climate change is just one example. Following that secret meeting it became official BBC policy to report on “global warming” from an overwhelmingly alarmist perspective. From Autumnwatch to the Today programme, from David Shukman’s hysterically doom-mongering reportage to the barely concealed green activism of Roger Harrabin, the BBC’s relentlessly one-sided coverage of the environmental debate has done immeasurable damage to levels of public knowledge on this most important of issues.

It’s important because so much depends on it: everything from the size of our fuel bills, the cost of travel, the state of the economy and the health of the jobs market to the kind of lightbulbs we’re permitted to use or the frequency of our council rubbish collections. If an organisation as influential as BBC gets its facts wrong – and on this issue, it does with depressing frequency – then we all suffer. Badly.

You could make a similar argument for any number of the other areas in which the BBC sticks its oar and shapes public opinion: its relentlessly left-liberal stance on free markets, on the role of government, on welfare, on Islamism, on Keynesian deficit spending, on women, on education, on America, on Iran, on badgers. Like it or not, the BBC has a profound effect on all our lives. And in my view that effect has been immeasurably for the worse.

What Jimmy Savile did over five decades to a few hundred unfortunate kids, in other words, the BBC has been doing over the same period to a nation of 60 million. If this grubby business draws attention to that fact then, in that one respect at least, the filthy wrestler-turned-DJ-turned-rotting-public-hate-figure will have done us all a massive favour.

36 comments on “Thank God for Jimmy Savile – James Delingpole’s Friday column

  1. Michael
    November 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Superb article James – truth is treason in an empire of lies. Some of the favourite Orwellian BBC phrases are:
    “print money for growth”,
    “diversity is our strength”,
    “green power”,
    “Palestinian/Syrian/Libyan freedom fighters”,
    “the religion of peace”
    “austerity or growth”
    and the latest “the compassionate Liverpool pathway”.

    Keep fighting the good fight, winning over 1 mind at a time, I do believe that in the next 10-15 years there will be a revolution in the UK caused by societal/monetary collapse and it is vital to our childrens future we come out on the right side of it.

  2. Drew
    November 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    If you want to know the power of the BBC, try and get a seat to watch “Skyfall” at the cinema. The film has been hyped and promoted for a few weeks now, particularly the BBC on every other news and topical affairs programme and chat show. I went to the local cinema on Sunday and it was HEAVING! I couldn’t even park the car!

    I went to the next town and the next and finally, 40 miles away, at 7 pm I found a parking space near a cinema showing the film. But still, the cinema was packed. It’s been the same story all week.
    It starts as promotional hype, then spins into a frenzy of word of mouth and keeping up with the Jones.
    The BBC is literally Nazism meets Orwell meets Machiavellian elite establishment controlled propaganda machine.
    A mantle it has held since before WWII..

    Taking them on, with reasoned facts, or promoting an independent, intellectual view is rather difficult.
    The BBC is a huge Monolith, an Institution stuck up its own ivory tower, with its mouth firmly set to “broadcast” and apparently, unreceptive ears to listen with.

    The BBC is full of “presenters” easy on the eye or ear, to deliver politically correct, but weak in substance content, mostly pitching itself at a mental age of 12-14 years old.

    It’s becoming far too partisan and now that Chris Patton has his finger on the propaganda button, the establishment mouthpiece might just have sold its Auntie and its sister to the wicked uncle Murdoch and the rest of the “attack Dogs and bears” in the global media and corporate selling machine.

    I have seen Skyfall, it’s a jolly good film which will have you asking the question, does art imitate life, or does life imitate art…

  3. brain1946
    November 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Very good, James. It may be more savage, but I don’t see it as tasteless.
    To compound their felony, the BBC gets steadily less competent. The elementary broadcasting mistakes are maddening. And their supposed attack-dog interviewers are nothing like as skilled as Robin Day. Being rude and confrontational actually makes you less effective. Their interviewees need to stop running scared: these guys really aren’t that good.

  4. Michael Wilson
    November 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I agree with everything you say about ‘Auntie’ but nowhere do you offer a reason why and also why they have gone in that particular direction.
    There are a number of possibilities and some of them could be interlinked.
    My first suspect would be a World Elite of the very richest people, organisations, banks and monarchies who would like to see a populace or multicultural society all under one government so they are able to produce to the maximum with minimum conflict (because of differences of language, religion, skin colour etc.) This could be called the ‘New World Order’. Of course, being so powerful they will easily influence governments and news media, like the BBC, to do their bidding. Within a couple of generations they will have successfully brainwashed the population.
    Secondly, one has to look at the emancipation of women. Having obtained a voice and are now entering high positions of authority they bring a voice of ‘forgiveness nurturing, love and mothering’, just the attributes which will foster political correctness, anti racism and multiculturalism.
    Thirdly, ‘white guilt’ has to be considered. The poor blacks of Africa, from the starving Ethiopians and the slave trade to how the British Empire and colonialism supposedly ‘raped’ these counties (they infact put in much more than they took out).
    We all see the changes and propaganda around us, witness the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but no one is looking for answers to why this is happening. It’s only when we know what’s causing it that we can effectively fight back.

    • Stephanie Tohill
      November 11, 2012 at 2:23 am #

      😀 that was rather funny!

      I don’t see why the Olympics opening ceremony was criticised (bar the mind boggling piece on the NHS).

  5. Kevin
    November 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    But however many girls, boys and – so the rumour goes – corpses the creep may have abused in his long and repellant career, they are a drop in the ocean when set against the many millions of lives blighted, diminished and destroyed over the decades by his employer.

    Un-fucking-believable. Is that what you really think?

    • Bickers
      November 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Think about what he’s said in terms of quantifiable harm to millions (both economic and real) and he’s right

  6. Jenny keal
    November 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    You forgot the sacking of Andrew Gilligan over the dodgy dossier, the failure to expose Blair and Campbell when they had the evidence and so many more cover ups!

  7. David Penglase
    November 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #


  8. David Spurgeon
    November 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Perhaps the best thing Delingpole has ever written. DEVASTATING!!

  9. Simon Roberts
    November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    The BBC being unaccountable and funded via the power of the State, it’s not really surprising that it defends and promotes a Statist approach to everything.

    I assume that the unwillingness of Conservative governments to revoke the charter is either because they have been terrified of the vendetta that would result from the BBC or because they believe it would be electorally unpopular. The bias at the BBC has long been known, I remember well Norman Tebbit’s criticism (and the howls of derision that it attracted).

    Everyone can see that it’s grossly unfair to have to pay for the BBC if you don’t choose to watch it. The fairest solution would be to democratise the situation and make the BBC a subscription-based service. Those who wanted to watch it could pay for it. This would meet all the tired old arguments of it being the “quality” broadcaster – if people want BBC quality then they would voluntarily pay for it. Some people would, but this would cut it back down to effectively being a news-only organisation. The bias would still be there, but without a full schedule to attract millions of viewers, it wouldn’t matter.

    The obvious way to completely kill the monster is just to stop paying the license fee. Doing without television really isn’t that bad, you know.

    • Andy
      November 12, 2012 at 4:40 am #

      I agree, I have not watched TV (with the exception of a bit of sport down the pub) for three years and I don’t miss it at all. It’s just a bad habit that is very easily given up.

      I did try watching Have I got News For You on the I player recently but even that was rubbish with most of the program devoted to Hislop bullying the now obligatory fall guy (or girl) guest.

  10. John Galt
    November 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    When Delingpole is free from a website that anyone actually reads he can go as fucking mental as he likes! Brilliant.

  11. johnpd
    November 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Well done James. Sterling work.
    Touching on Michael Wilson’s why? reply above, I know you know about UN Agenda 21, so when are you going to treat us to a blast with both barrels in that direction. I got an email from Andrew Orlowski earlier today, so I know there’s more to come re the 2 lay judges also. The court hearing has been scandalous. Mr Newbery has carried this yoke for 6 years. When this goes to appeal, I’ll stump up , & I’m skint.
    If you could only see the grin I’ve got on my mush, this story is HUGE. It could lead to the breakup of the BEEB, & chucking them out into the real world to earn a living. They’ve admitted crossing the line from journalism to advocacy, & the science is cod, & they’re trying to cover up.
    Steam on James.
    Love it.

  12. Charlotte
    November 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson sincerely believes that the BBC is impartial and completely balanced in its coverage of absolutely everything, and he writes articles in the Spectator on the subject. Surely such a lovely cultured person cannot be wrong?

  13. James H
    November 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Great piece James! Keep up the good fight!

  14. Stephanie Tohill
    November 11, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Left wing stance on women? Eh?

    Is it possible to have a left wing (or for that matter right wing) stance on women?

  15. fenbeagleblog
    November 11, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    One of your best ever blogs James, you are of course the emperor.

  16. Jeff Wolfers (@JeffinLondon)
    November 11, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    TV ‘news’ …. the more you watch, the less you know.

  17. Dave Smith
    November 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Great article James – says everything so many of us want to say and have wanted to say for so long.

  18. godot
    November 12, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Howcome the background bogpaper is all US dollar bills? British pound notes are more absorbent, and after Mervyn King’s largesse, there are plenty to go around.

  19. Graham Cunningham
    November 12, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Spot on James but so pervasive is the BBC soft-left group think that depressingly few – even Telegraph readers – can see it. The most poisonous stuff is not the current affairs output anyway…its the drama scriptwriters (100% lefty group thinkers) and the comedy (100% lefty smart arses).
    I myself wrote something along similar lines as your polemic a few years back:

    • John Galt
      November 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      very mental Graham, I almost thought you were joking it got so inane. bravo!

  20. teresa
    November 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    You insult the right to free speech. Unbelievable trash.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      I think you also have failed to understand the point being made here.

  21. anima2000
    November 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    You insult the right to free speech and you are an insult to the title humanity.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      I think you may have failed to understand the point Mr Delingpole is trying to make.


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