4MI-2013-11-28030
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Inbox2
Ogbourne
D812668
Roving-Crows1
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Civic-Service-18
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
IMG9097
D4S0472
Tina-May5
Brooks-Williams1
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Camilla-MSM
Remebrance-18-1
JazzFestSat572
Sunset2
Remebrance-18-3
White-Horse
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Snowy-High-Street
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
Musical-Time-Machine5
Camilla-2012-10-19152
MYFC005
Big-Bull
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
SBJ
Brazier
Animals06
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
George-Wilding-301
Gordon-and-Sam
D4S9273
Pete-Gage-Band1
Remebrance-18-2
Duke-of-Kent086
FROSTY-MORNING-
Inbox-1
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Landscape
Hares017cropped
Sunset
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Scouting-for-Girls7
IMG8472
Turin-Brakes6
Torch-2012-05-23093-
TdB-Pewsey044

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday night blues...?

 

So what on earth was the state of the country's political health (or sickness) as the nation sleep walked towards the EXIT POLL?

 

The broadcasters are legally required not to report politics, political opinion or views while the polling stations are open. Unlike the press which can continue to swamp us in bile and lies.

 

Were you watching television somewhat mindlessly as you waited for the EXIT POLL to burst upon a nation exhausted by a campaign-full of politicians' repetition, deviation and quite a lot of hesitation?

 

How did the broadcasters fill the politics-free-vacuum hours before 10pm?

 

Boy - didn't the mainstream broadcasters rise the occasion?

 

Channel 5 balanced the Daily Mail themed On Benefits: Britain's Benefits Blackspots with their next programme Nightmare Tenants: Slum Landlords - which appeared to be internally balanced between Mail bile and Guardian tears.

 

ITV 1 ran Joanna Lumley's nostalgic Postcards - a sort of Empire-lite reprise of how they made Britain great - again and again.  And followed it with the amazingly prophetic Car Crash Britain: Caught on Camera - which nicely pre-empted the EXIT POLL and the long night's election coverage.

 

We will pass over C4's attempt to bring Paxman back to life with the help of some comedians.

 

And so we reach BBC 1's DIY SOS: The Big Build. Nick Knowles cajoled and conducted a cast of hundreds (mainly volunteers) to build - in nine days - a specially designed home for the gay couple Gary (head teacher) and Kyle (social carer) and their four very, very vulnerable adopted children. Spell-binding - eye-opening - gasp-inducing. Even uplifting in a teary sort of way.

 

It was a great pity that while this programme was being broadcast the nation's politicians were queuing to get into town halls and sports centres up and down the land to watch their votes counted and so could not see this programme.

 

This programme showed what you can do if you try hard enough for those who are disabled, who are young and need constant help, and who are being looked after by devoted carers.  This is what austerity does NOT do for such people with really complex needs.  This is what too many politicians shuffle away from, averting their eyes, and hoping it will all go away and stop bothering them.

 

 

Print

Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Remebrance-18-2
George-Wilding-301
Turin-Brakes6
Ogbourne
Tina-May5
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Torch-2012-05-23093-
MYFC005
D4S0472
Animals06
Sunset2
D812668
Musical-Time-Machine5
Remebrance-18-3
Brazier
Scouting-for-Girls7
JazzFestSat572
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Civic-Service-18
4MI-2013-11-28030
Snowy-High-Street
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Landscape
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
CivicSelfie1
IMG9097
Camilla-MSM
Hares017cropped
Duke-of-Kent086
Gordon-and-Sam
IMG8472
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
SBJ
TdB-Pewsey044
Pete-Gage-Band1
Big-Bull
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
D4S9273
Remebrance-18-1
Brooks-Williams1
White-Horse
Sunset
Roving-Crows1