Monday, January 29, 2007

Cake as political metaphor

BBC news, bless their little hearts, love using gimmicks. It's no longer enough to discuss, say, possible new Education Ministers by lining up grey baldy pontificators. These days they'd have a mortarboard graphic hovering around the 3D heads of up-and-coming politicians.

Anyway, this morning on the Today Programme, they had a long section about NHS funding. Sounds dull, I know, but I'm curious why NHS workers universally slag off a Government which has funnelled a fortune their way. Something funny's going on.

The BBC decided to show this using a cake. A real cake. Which they cut up with a surgical scalpel.

- This chunk here has gone on improved pay and conditions for medical staff.
- Gosh, that really is a pretty big chunk, isn't it?
- Yes, pretty big.

Slicing up a cake to analyse NHS spending is silly but not unforgiveable, you might think. But this was on the radio.

They're cutting up invisible props on the Today Programme. I weep as Alexander did when he saw there were no more worlds left to conquer.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Dave beta said...

I always feel Alexander was being a bit girlie and premature. He hadn't really looked west of Greece, had he?

9:42 am  
Blogger plok said...

I would totally listen to a radio show that just did this sort of thing all the time. You could call it "The Envy Project".

4:39 am  
Blogger Disintegrating Clone said...

Dave:

Betcha wouldn't have called him girlie to his face, though?

plok:

At one point I had a feeling they were going to start tucking in...

"Mmm, you know, this bit tastes just like the new Obstetrics wing of the Queen Alexandra Hospital"

9:48 am  

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