BBC News

BBC News has a weird sense of the fitness of things.  Tonight they refer – as they so often do – to their “top story”.  This tonight happens to be that thousands of people are fleeing their homes in northern Syria – as if Syria hasn’t had enough trouble recently.  I do not see how this can be “top” – “most serious”, “most important”, “most awful” maybe, but we cannot rate news items, and should not, as which of these things is “top” on a ten point scale where 10 is “we would like lots more like this” and 1 is “boring” ?

Similarly, for two nights now we have been lambasted by the sensational news that a rugby match in Japan may have to be cancelled because of a super typhoon which is due to hit the country. How could the Japanese Government allow this to happen ?  Tonight I notice a brief nod towards the idea that a super typhoon might possibly blow a few things over and kill a few people – but the real crunch is that it is going to cancel a rugby match.

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Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of "Nowhere" acccording to my ex-Prime Minister. Citizen of Europe according to me. Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be barred from any sort of public office until a public recantation - three shots, then out for life.
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