BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has been shedding listeners at an astonishing rate – over 800,000 in just a year. A hint as to why might have been on display earlier this week.
Discussing the Tory government’s crisis on Wednesday a commentator – unchallenged by anyone on the programme – told what’s left of its audience that a crisis was taking place, not because of the Tories’ incompetence and dishonesty or because Jeremy Corbyn has played a blinder in refusing to give Theresa May an escape route or easy target, but because ‘both parties are broken‘:
Labour has the largest membership of any political party in Europe. It surged during last year’s general election from twenty-five points behind in polls to within a whisker of government and has grown stronger still. And under Jeremy Corbyn it has brought the government to collapse and disarray.
Yet according to the BBC this week, it’s ‘broken’ – and the government crisis has simply happened as a consequence of Labour’s dysfunction as well as that of the Tories.
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