Instantaneous Viewpoint: the BBC can not police ‘virtue-signalling’

 Instantaneous Viewpoint: the BBC can not police ‘virtue-signalling’



Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 30 October.

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Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 30 October.


The Week Staff.

Friday, October 30, 2020 – 3: 29 pm.

The Week’s everyday round-up highlights the 5 finest viewpoint pieces from throughout the British and international media, with excerpts from each.
1. Nina Power in The Daily Telegraph.
on restrictive strictness.
‘ Virtue-signalling’ can’t be policed, and the BBC is doomed if it attempts.
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Is the BBC really prejudiced? “Everyone needs to be enabled to reveal their viewpoint in personal– other than ‘personal privacy’ today paradoxically means possibly transmitting your view to the whole world. The BBC remains in an invidious position: by trying to produce the look of neutrality through coercion, it risks of appearing more oppressive than even the most fanatical social-justice warrior. The blurring of the borders of a life lived on and offline is something we all should pertain to terms with, but requesting workers request authorization to attend protests, or banning online political speculation and dedications seems dangerously rigorous. Better to trust that individuals have excellent factors for what they state and do, and let them speak easily– even if they’re merely saying things to demonstrate how ‘virtuous’ they would like you to think they are.”.
2. Keith Kahn-Harris in The Guardian.
on a long road ahead.
An end to Labour’s antisemitism debate seems as far away as ever.
” So the publication of the EHRC report is not the end of this sorry period in the history of the Labour party. By their very nature, legal and institutionally focused documents of this kind can not resolve political arguments over divisive phenomena such as antisemitism. [It] can in some cases be battled, marginalised and even suppressed through legal ways. People can be suspended and expelled. It can not be comprehended through legalistic and institutional research study alone. Rather, this requires attention to much deeper patterns in the culture. Sociologically, abuse of minority groups can not always be traced back to specific ideologies: it may be woven into the everyday truths of how individuals treat each other, or into the unmentioned presumptions in an organisation about what counts as ‘normal’ behaviour.”.
3. Marcus Raymond in City.
on the issue with selflessness.
Communities should not be required to step in to help when the government won’t.
” In spite of us having the sixth-largest economy in the world, charity has actually such an established, crucial place in our culture and is accountable for crucial arrangement. People contributing money and time want to do their bit and feel good about the change it contributes to when they do. If the Government is encouraged they have the ‘best method’ and complimentary school meals is in hand, why aren’t they informing these organisations and kind souls that it isn’t their civic duty to assist, and specifically not in these scenarios?
4. Ron Suskind in The New York Times.
on what takes place next.
The Day After Election Day.
” None of these officials understand what will occur in the future any better than the rest of us do. It is their job to worry over worst-case circumstances, and they’re damn good at it. I can’t understand all their intentions for wanting to speak with me, however something a lot of them share is a desire to make clear that the alarm bells heard throughout the nation are calling loudly inside the administration too, where there are public servants looking to prevent dispute, at all costs. It is possible, obviously, that this will be an Election Day just like all other Election Days. Even if it takes weeks or months prior to the outcome is known and fully accredited, it might be a serene process, where all votes are reasonably counted, permitting those precious electors to be dispersed based on a reasonable battle. The anxiety we’re feeling now might turn out to be a great deal of fretting followed by absolutely nothing much, a political variation of Y2K. Or not.”.
5. Will Self in The Brand-new European.
on giving up a basic satisfaction.
On carrying on from music.
” But about 4 years ago I realised that even this last redoubt of sound was under attack by … silence. I stopped playing music while I did regular desk work cooking and other domestic tasks. I no longer played it on the rare celebrations that I drove. And I confess, I no longer took much of an interest in what was happening in the ‘world of music’ at all. All of this made me feel almost guilty when the pandemic struck and lights were switched off at clubs, pubs and concerts halls the length and breadth of the land. Was this, I wondered, a weird case of morphic resonance retroacting into the past? Had my preternaturally delicate ears possibly prepared for the event soundlessness– much as an audience senses it, therefore falls unexpectedly quiet– thereby enacting a sort of front-guard action so as to safeguard me from the unhappiness and disillusionment so many other have experienced, denied of their musical balms and stimulants?”.

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