Recorded on July 23rd, Inside Track #26 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a comparison between Boris Johnson and Homer Simpson.
BBC Pay / Periscope
We started off by taking a look at the revelations of what the BBC is paying its ‘talent’. The mainstream media reaction appeared to bypass entirely the question of whether anyone is worth such high pay, and instead focused on three perceived inequalities: gender inequality, which prompted this angry letter from females on the list, racial inequality, which prompted this moaning Guardian column, and, lastly, from Sky News, a piece on the class inequality the list demonstrates.
We then looked at a paedophile-pleasing ‘report‘ the BBC did on an app owned by Twitter, Periscope, which included some godawful dramatization. “I’m only 9!” (shrieks a clearly middle-aged woman drawing the Equity minimum).
John McCain, worst man ever?
John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. We took the opportunity to reflect upon the life and career of ‘The Maverick’, beginning with his exemplary behavior at a town hall, where he retrieved the microphone from a deranged woman denouncing Obama as ‘an Arab’ and put her straight.
We then moved on to McCain’s personal life, and the fact he deserted his wife after she suffered an accident that left her crippled, preferring instead to marry a blonde heiress many years his junior.
On the political front, McCain has been an ardent proponent of war all over the planet. Mother Jones has an excellent piece, All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack, which gives an idea of the scale of carnage McCain desires. And when McCain does speak of attacking other countries, it’s not always in the high-flown rhetoric one might expect from a US senator. Here he is recalling the Beach Boys song, Bomb Bomb Iran…
McCain’s antics regarding war have hardly diminished with age. Here he is having to employ an ‘alternate facts‘ defense when faced with the basic fact that the US is providing air support to Al-Qaeda in Syria. After dismissing the journalist on the basis that McCain has been to Syria and the hack hasn’t, the concluding part of our round-up was the issuing (by McCain’s own press team, no less!) of a photo of the Maverick hanging out with terrorist kidnappers.
Trump ends CIA support for Syrian rebels
Rather astonishingly, this CIA support included simply placing jihadists on the payroll. Seems Carol in Accounts will have some angry employees to deal with this week. The CIA program began in 2013 under Saint Obama, and we welcome its being ended, whether by Donald Trump or the Chuckle Brothers.
Tory Leadership latest
While David Davis remains in pole position to take the wheel of the clown car that is this Tory government, and Jacob ‘Lord Snooty’ Rees-Mogg has emerged as a dark horse, we chose instead to play excerpts from the Spectator magazine’s Poshcast, where, in an alternative universe, a gaggle of Tarquins and Henriettas indulged themselves in the collective fantasy of Boris Johnson remaining a capable and charismatic candidate to lead the country.
We handed out three awards for delusional thinking in our inaugural Loon Watch segment.
The first went to Louise Mensch for her bizarre tweet that Trump and Bannon face execution for espionage.
The second went to Hope not Hate for their hysterical campaign to have Katie Hopkins fired for daring to interview anti-immigrant group, Defend Europe.
The third went to Vince Cable, newly-installed leader of the Liberal Democrats, for his inability to distinguish between 2 and 5 million, despite repeated opportunities, when quizzed on his new public sector pay plans.