Guido the Libertarian? Not so much.

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2013

Paul Staines’ Guido Fawkes blog is calling for the BBC to self-censor itself by refusing to play the song with a title beloved by juvenile anti-Thatcherites Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (the same kind of juveniles Grace Dent eviscerated in her column today).

Wanting to ban songs is an odd response from a supposedly libertarian blog revelling in the gripping series ‘Thatcher Funeral Names’ here and here:

But then Paul Staines isn’t really a libertarian — as seen most notably in his campaign to restore the death penalty, giving to the state the right to decide whether its citizens should live or die. A campaign, by the way, that was a damp squib, with the Telegraph highlighting how The Restore Capital Punishment e-petition has fallen flat on its face.

Lest anyone mistake me for too much of a lefty, by the way, can I make clear I’m sticking to my view that the BBC licence fee should be abolished. But in the meantime I’ve no wish to see Paul Staines decide what Auntie should or should not broadcast.