A slight tangent but I mentioned to Sadurina the other day that Dave's new comedy shows were becoming increasingly incestuous in nature. The same faces were either appearing as hosts or guests.
I recall hearing a theory that this is down to a reduction in variety shows and televised stand-up. Comedians wanting television exposure now have to use the panel show route. Some shows are very good, but most are highly forgettable dross where the guests perform pre-written acts and try to squeeze in the topic being discussed on the show as an afterthought. When you watch a given comedian use the same material on two or more shows it makes the whole experience rather toxic for me.
Of course, the endless repeated shows don't help either, but Dave has always been pretty open about its remit on that one.
To be fair, BBC News did have a female reporter on a bridge over the M3 this morning, reporting on traffic chaos around Basingstoke, whilst in the background, traffic appeared to be running freely. Armageddon! She was about 8 hours late apparently.
When I worked for the AA, we had a PR lady who would be interviewed about the terrible weather/traffic. The beeb wanted her to talk about some lousy weather, they couldn't possibly make it out to the wilds of suburban London, so she got on the tube and met them in a park near Television Centre.
By this time the storm was over but to fill their time slot they still interviewed her while sprinkling water at her and pulling a piece of string tied to her brolly.
Andrew Marr doing his best to turn his show into. Mumsnet offshoot. First guests, journalists 3 females, first interview vice president of airbus female. I wonder if the BBC are struggling to get males to appear with AM. .
In what appears to be an attempt to be especially fair to the girl who joined IS, the BBC reported the press thus this morning:
The BBC says that the Sun 'claims' that the girl justified the Manchester Arena attack. In my reading, the use of that word means that the person who wrote the text is making it clear that the Sun headline might not have a factual basis.
However, the story comes directly from a BBC interview with the girl in which she said:
"It's kind of retaliation. Their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought, okay, that is a fair justification."
The BBC of course reported these comments but it seems consistently to be highlighting those of her comments that make her seem moderate. Therefore, the BBC's focus in the article that reported the girl justifying the attack was that she didn't want to be a poster girl for IS. Not that she watched beheading videos; not that she supports only 'some' British values; not that she seems an unreconstructed Jihadi.
Considering that she's been described as a bright student before holidaying in Camp Jihad, she comes across on interview as really quite inarticulate and immature. The BBC guy interviewing her is at least quite pointed, rather than fawning. She's certainly no People's Princess.
But there is an important precedent here, and I'll make a comparison. The EU is currently trying like hell to punish the UK for leaving. Rightly or wrongly, it's setting us up as an example of what happens when you do something it doesn't like. It's sending a message.
Letting this thing come back here would do something similar. It would telegraph to all potential miscreants that you can do what you like without fear of sanction.
She only wants back here because life is now difficult. I'd make her start walking. And I'd take her shoes off her first.