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Bring on the Clowns

May 29, 2022 7:15 PM
By Roy Wood


In a cabinet, generally agreed to be weak and ineffective and led by a serial liar, Nadine Dorries, our esteemed culture secretary, stands out as the biggest clown of all.

She is in charge of the policy to privatise Channel 4. Appearing before a select committee last November she said '… just because they [Channel 4] are in receipt of public money….' When she finished the committee chair had the enjoyable job of telling her that, in fact, Channel 4 is not in receipt of any public money.

This week Nadine admitted to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that she shares her Netflix password with four other households across the country. She described the current system for subscribers as "incredibly generous". "My mum has access to my account, the kids do. I have Netflix but there are four other people who can use my Netflix account in different parts of the country." Laughing, she added: "Am I not supposed to do that?"

This is, of course, clearly forbidden in their Terms and Conditions. But how is a humble minister supposed to know that?

She also told the committee that Channel 4′s pool of advertising budget had "reduced considerably", justifying the decision to sell off the broadcaster, and that a platform such as Netflix would be another attractive prospect to advertisers. In fact, Netflix are losing subscribers and their share value has decreased by 25%. Another inconvenient truth our esteemed minister is unaware of: Channel 4's 2021 revenue hit £1 billion - 19% more than 2020, with a £74 million pre-tax surplus & net cash reserves of £201 million. All their surplus is ploughed back into the organisation - there are no shareholders to profit.

In case you don't believe anyone could get more stupid Dorries was asked about her Channel 4 privatisation consultation, (over 56,000 replies) and how many people supported the move. "I think the figure was about 96%," she replied, fairly confidently. Well she got the figure right. It is 96% - 96% are opposed to privatising Channel 4!!


Lib Dems, together with other opposition Parties and many moderate Conservative MPs, are totally against this irrational proposal. It's may be funny, but it's also tragic.