Monday, 30 March 2009

Dispatches: The Trouble with Boris on Channel Four

Dispatches: 'The Trouble with Boris' starts in about half an hour from now. 

The fact they're leading with the Darius Guppy tape, suggests that there's probably not much new to be found here, but you never know.

I'll be giving my armchair commentary over on Twitter.


-Update- 20.15 - Pleasantly surprised so far.
-Update- 20.45 - It's been unremittingly critical just like the Martin Bright one was. Twitter reactions here
-Update- 00.00- More reactions:

  • Boris Watch: "Dispatches Boris Verdict: Entertaining, occasionally inaccurate, very biased, big air of disillusion, lots of stuff nicked from blogs."
  • Roger Evans: "Last year's Dispatches on Ken Livingstone featured various old lefties complaining about the mayor - so did this programme." 

22 comments:

Mick James said...

Looks like a party political broadcast so far

AdamB said...

Well it's pretty unremittingly critical. That's Dispatches for you though.

Tom said...

Tell me, tell me? I'm doing a big blog piece on the current state of play of our Theory of Boris in anticipation of hordes of visitor*. Meanwhile, my son, who should be in bed, is playing Lego Star Wars and hogging the TV.

* This isn't a typo.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why Andrew Gilligan didn't do this one!

Tom said...

Gilly is far from an uncritical fan of Boris. He just hates Ken more.

AdamB said...

So much so that he still gets the blame for Boris's policies, even ones he hasn't implemented yet.

Tom said...

Just settling down to watch it on C4+1 - the lad, on being told that 'Daddy wants to watch his Boris programme' said
'Who's Boris?'
'The Mayor'
'Do you mean Minder'?
'No'.
'Do you mean Yes, Minister?'
'No'

He knows his dad.

Helen said...

A clip from Hayes at the point when I booed him and he said "some partisans for the bendy bus, there" - I'm gratified that he thought I was more than one person.

Tom said...

The appearance of Simon Jenkins did fulfil my predictions that it was a symphony of disillusion. It's uncanny how many of our themes over the last few months were picked up almost unaltered, though. They've definitely been reading us.

AdamB said...

I'm sending an invoice.

Anonymous said...

Sumfin about nuffin about this fing wot you know nuffin about. Shu up.

Lightweight, muckraking nonsense -- with all the usual suspects. Gillitwaddle would have been proud of this.

Schoolboy Biggs.....FFS

---Rgds, Appealing of Ealing

Tom said...

They're totally at sea on Boris Airport, though - the Richard Montgomery is a Liberty Ship, a freighter, not a destroyer, and we know the proposed site is way offshore, away from the birds.

Also, Barnett can't pronounce 'vin chaud' or 'Darius'.

AdamB said...

Blimey. Are you feeling alright AofE?

Tom said...

Perhaps they cut his bit out of the finished programme.

Anonymous said...

"Blimey. Are you feeling alright AofE?"

Not especially. It usually passes.

-AOE

Neil Harding said...

pity they didn't show this a week after the hatchet job on ken. Maybe boris would have lost if this had been seen before people voted rather than afterwards.

AdamB said...

Just re-watched that Martin Bright-led hatchet job on Youtube. Much of the criticisms he made could easily apply to Boris now. Funnily enough we don't hear much from Martin Bright on the Mayor of London these days.

Tom said...

Roger Evans: "Last year's Dispatches on Ken Livingstone featured various old lefties complaining about the mayor "

Including Simon 'I voted for Boris' Jenkins. It seems Mr. Evans' definition of 'lefty' includes 'people who vote for Conservatives expecting them to stick to their manifestos'.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see Bo-Jo finally being held to account, to a certain extent, in the mainstream media. But it would have been a lot better if a programme of this sort had come before the election.

Personally I think dispatches is a pisspoor series. I mean these are the people who brought you Richard Littlejohn, anti-racism campaigner...

Roger Evans said...

It was very poor. I got the impression that they wanted to atone for the Martin Bright programme last year, shame they couldn't get Bright to front this one as well, if only to allow comparison. Frankly you, Tom and Martin H would have done a better job and provided a more in depth critique.

And I don't class Jenkins as a 'leftie' but I wasn't surprised by his comments. He so clearly believes he is the best person for the job.

AdamB said...

Jenkins4Mayor! Now there's a depressing prospect.

Tom said...

"He so clearly believes he is the best person for the job."

How ungrateful. You weren't saying that when he was bashing Ken and voting for Boris, were you, Roger?