Expert political analysis from the BBC

The BBC are so busy bashing Trump they overlook what is actually happening in American politics. Here’s their headline:

Bannon on Trump’s worst mistake ‘in modern political history’

Jeez, what mistake is this? Invading Iraq? The Bay of Pigs? Giving Hillary the nomination?

Ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says President Trump’s firing of the FBI’s director was the biggest mistake in “modern political history”.

Mr Bannon told CBS News if James Comey had not been sacked, a special counsel would not have been appointed to probe alleged Russian election meddling.

Oh, right. If you say so. But it’s not the BBC’s repeating hyperbolic nonsense that’s so bad, it’s this:

Steve Bannon says he’s “going to war” with the Republican political establishment. For conservatives – and even President Donald Trump – that should be very concerning.

Why should conservatives be concerned that Bannon is going to war with the Republican political establishment? It’s hardly like the latter has any interest in the former, is it? Anyone who didn’t have their head buried in the sand could see that Trump’s election was in large part due to conservatives being fed up to the back teeth with establishment Republicans going along with Democrat policies and doing nothing to conserve anything. Since the election these feelings will only have got stronger, with establishment Republicans being more interested in scuppering Trump than representing their voters’ interests. Nowhere was this better demonstrated than their utter failure to repeal Obamacare, or even come up with an alternative having moaned and bitched about it from the opposition benches for seven years. I’d imagine most genuine conservatives are absolutely delighted somebody is going to war with the Republican political establishment.

And why should this concern Trump? He’s barely a Republican, let alone an establishment one.

Mr Bannon seeks to tap into the same anti-Washington resentment that has fuelled the grass-roots Tea Party movement since the early days of the Obama presidency.

The Tea Party’s contribution to the Republican cause, however, has been decidedly mixed.

While it helped sweep Mr Trump to the presidency, and brought new energy to a moribund political hierarchy, the scalps the movement claimed were as likely to come from the right as the left.

What? The Tea-Party helped sweep Trump into office? This was written by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News North America reporter. I can only assume he suffered a major head injury just before campaigning started and woke up from his coma last night. The Tea Party popped up in the early stages of Obama’s first term around 2010, and was quickly infiltrated by establishment Republicans who pretended to listen but only wanted their votes. By 2016 they’d been largely forgotten. If anyone can be credited with sweeping Trump into office it is the much-maligned alt-right.

The former White House chief strategist also turned his fire on Republican congressional leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

He accused them of “trying to nullify the 2016 election”.

“They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented,” Mr Bannon told 60 Minutes.

“It’s obvious as night follows day.”

Well, yes. It’s telling that the BBC appears to have learned this last night when Bannon told CBS.

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2 thoughts on “Expert political analysis from the BBC

  1. I have said before that I am grateful for people who read or watch or listen to Al Beeb’s dire news output. As I don’t go near their ‘news and current affairs’ stuff (and nonsense) these days I would be utterly ignorant of what delights I am missing unless people like Mr Tim did it for me.

    On the other hand, I could watch it on telly and play ‘spot the hijab.’ Always good to see one sneaking into a news report or ‘in depth analysis’ which involves a not very knowledgeable person on the street saying something quite vacuous.

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