Years ago when BBC boss of Television, Danny Cohen, fired the brash but funny petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson from his job at Top Gear, I was struck by the fact that Mr. Cohen had seen fit to get rid of the corporation’s biggest money spinner over an incident involving a minor assault on a caterer, who, if you accept Clarkson’s defence as I do, deserved a slap for being lazy. Then it occurred to me that the BBC is in the fortunate position of being tax-payer supported so it can run at a loss and let the public pick up the bill.
While the BBC is an organ of state, this is not the case at Fox News which is a public company owned by shareholders looking for maximum return on their investment and yet they too have effectively fired their star performer Tucker Carlson for reasons unknown to me. This strange move had an immediate negative impact on the company’s balance sheet but this appears to be of little concern to those who are supposed to be doing what is best for the company.
What both of these sacked men have in common is they are white Christians, they are heterosexual, both very intelligent, articulate, entertaining and they are able to attract a large audience of people who share roughly the same values and background. In both cases the motivation appears to have been an attempt to silence them no matter the financial cost.
Following on from this I listened to a speech recently delivered by another man who has been silenced; Vladimir Putin. I mention his name with caution; he was a senior officer in the intelligence services that buttressed the Soviet regime, and he is presently indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war-crimes. It was people of his ilk who played a vital role in driving the political transformation that has wrecked my homeland, so I have no cause to empathise with him.
Today he is demonised by the mainstream media, but I still believe we should be allowed to hear from him and those that speak on his behalf. Unfortunately the global censors are busy making it difficult to hear the Russian point of view but I have been able to and it has me wondering if he is not in the same boat as Clarkson and Carlson because I have a feeling the three of them actually have much in common and appeal to the same, somewhat restive audience.
In the course of his address he speaks bluntly about important fundamentals which are largely ignored by contemporary Western leaders. The nuclear family, headed by a mother and father he insists, is the bedrock of a healthy society. He is appalled by same-sex marriages and state-sanctioned programmes, increasingly common in Western countries, designed to confuse children as to their gender and allow minors to make life-changing (and sometimes life-destroying) decisions about their sexuality. He speaks of ‘perversion’ seeping through the West and the growing tolerance towards paedophilia. On the matter of the Anglican Church now discussing the possibility of a ‘gender-neutral God’ he ask that they be ‘..forgiven .. for they know not what they are doing’. He believes millions of people are being led towards a ‘spiritual catastrophe’ they are ’going mad’ and this malaise he fears, ‘does not seem to be treatable’. Against this backdrop he tells his audience his most important task is to protect the people of Russia, particularly the children, against this ‘degradation’.
What is frightening is his observation that these developments are not new to the Russians. He explains that the ‘progressive’ or ‘woke’ forces of change in the West are very similar to those that brought about the fall of the Romanovs and the rise of the Bolsheviks which ushered in decades of tyrannical rule leading to economic and social collapse.
He reminds us it was Lenin and his cohorts who worked so effectively to rewrite the nation’s history inducing shame upon the populace, erased the writings of those whose thoughts did not sync with the new order, (he mentions the recent moves to denigrate Shakespeare), destroy its traditional sense of values and in so doing, destroy the family and the national consciousness.
While making it clear that what is happening in these countries is none of his business he suggests the world is delicately poised and argues there is pressing need for a form of ‘reasonable conservatism’ to steer us all into calmer waters. I might be out of step but all this resonates with me
Where, once upon a time the press was there to police the powerful and protect the public; now it seems it is there to police the public and protect the powerful. It looks to me like powerful forces have been unleashed to make it dangerous, if not impossible, for anyone to speak out in defence of a dwindling white minority under siege that ironically may have secured its own demise by constructing the systems that provide the platforms for those who will now destroy them.