I watched Question Time last night and was surprised (but I suppose I shouldn’t have been) to see that they’d switched locations at the last minute and decided to host the programme in Newcastle, the home of Northern Rock. And they also dedicated the first two thirds of the show to the Great Northern Rock debate.
They squeezed the death penalty and extraordinary rendition into the last twenty minutes of the show – two subjects I would have liked to have sunk my teeth into but there wasn’t enough time and after all that talk about Northern Rock I was almost asleep anyway.
But what struck me about the BBC’s choosing to give so much air-time to the NR issue was how financially-led we all are . . . how dependent capitalism is on the markets and how dependent we are on capitalism.
Is this a reflection of our values? Our savings are threatened and suddenly global warming doesn’t matter anymore, growing teen suicides are insignificant, we’re not that bothered that our government is breaking international law and allowing torture flights. I know I’m being a bit dramatic and I accept that NR shareholders are/were rightly concerned about their hard-earned savings and their mortgages but get a grip. No-one has become destitute because of this. No-one has lost their home. No-one is starving. No-one, as far as I can tell has actually lost their money. The tax-payer is making sure of that.
What a money-obssessed and materialistic throwaway society we live in. Is there not a better alternative?