I do wonder what planet Gregory Campbell’s been living on for the last twenty years. Here he is fulminating against the phenomenon of Alliance party planning a false flag operation:
“The onus falls on the BBC to do something about this,” said Mr Campbell. “Alliance is being pretty clear here they believe the system is being flouted. Surely the BBC should be working very hard to make sure its programmes don’t become a propaganda tool for any party?
“The BBC is a public broadcaster, paid for by the taxpayer, so they’ve got to be impartial and comprehensive in making sure they get it right. If they aren’t doing thorough checks on people, why not?
Political parties? Trying to game the BBC? Who knew?
Cue the usual dialogue from Casablanca:
Rick: How can you close me up, on what grounds?
Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find gambling is going on in here.
Croupier: Your winnings sir.
Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much. Everybody out at once!
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty