I’m an upstart
Whatcha gonna do?
I’m an upstart
I’m talking to you!
‘I’m An Upstart’ – Mensi/Mond
King of far-right grifting Andrew Neil, the inspiration for British gobshites, screaming heads and Gits, abandoned pretence of professionalism as a broadcaster when he was gifted the chairmanship of GB News by its wealthy offshore donors.
As the channel’s launch approaches Neil’s public persona has eschewed adulthood and focussed on ignorant petulant snippets and wilful mendacity. His political stance, his selection of targets, his language and his denialism are entirely in line with far-right guidelines of public communication practised by characters like Nigel Farage, Scott Morrison, Tucker Carlson and Steve Bannon.
In a promotional piece published in the Express on February 7th 2021 Neil’s exposition of the channel’s stature and of its political intent was as dishonest as the self-penned descriptions of dark-money funded think-tanks and lobby groups. He called GB News an “upstart” and a “challenger to the established order” and claimed “we are a David among Goliaths, the underdog in a crowded market.” That is the same con-trick used by lobby groups who call themselves “grassroots.” Wealthy establishment offshore investors/owners of GB News are in control.
Neil threw a few cursory remarks down contemptuously as a weak claim of political balance.
- “We will conform to all the Ofcom rules designed to ensure impartiality and the absence of bias in news broadcasting.
- Facts must be well-sourced and accurate.
- Conspiracy and disinformation will not be tolerated.
- Mistakes will be quickly acknowledged and rectified.
- We will be hiring some of Britain’s best-known and most trusted journalists.”
Presenters hired include gossip hack Dan Wootton, former reality TV contestant Michelle Dewbury and extreme-right provocateur Tom Harwood each of whom is the diametric opposite of “most trusted” and they have never worried about “facts,” “disinformation” and “mistakes.” None of Wootton, Dewberry or Harwood is a “journalist.” Tory councillor (Tamworth) Alex Farrell will be an executive producer.
Neil contradicted point 1. several times: “We will not operate on the assumption that every problem demands a government solution or that every solution must necessarily involve more taxpayers’ money. GB News will be proud of our country. Our default position will not be to do Britain down at every turn.”
Blow those whistles Neil
The key theme of right-wing’s divide-and-rule strategy is its entirely false assertion that it represents “working-class” people against a “middle-class” elite while simultaneously depicting that elite as liberal or even left-wing. The established elite in Britain is “middle-class” and above but is predominantly right-wing.
GB news’ financiers are part of that elite and the channel’s political output will be unwaveringly in support of conservative (small ‘c’) economic establishment. Right-wing politicians, broadcasters and media con the public into supporting the public’s opponents (the exploitative elite).
A tactic of the strategy is the right-wing’s expression of alleged support for “white working-class” while using dog-whistle language in its depiction of the elite. Neil made sure to fill his Express article with a cacophony of dog whistles.
“I’m doing it because I believe the direction of news debate in Britain is increasingly woke <anti-racist> and out of touch with the majority of its people. I believe our national conversation has become too metropolitan <non-racist>, too southern and too middle-class. Some journalists and commentators seem too confident that their liberal-left assumptions must surely be shared by every sensible person in the land. But many of those same sensible people are fed up. They feel left out and unheard. There’s a restlessness, a sense that they’re being talked down to; that much of the media no longer reflects their values or shares their concerns. GB News is aimed squarely at those people.”
The above is exactly the same rhetoric as spouted by Martin Daubney, Ben Bradley and the recently dead Rush Limbaugh.
GB News’ intent is clear.