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).
So… Guido the Libertarian wants to ban a song a lot of people have paid money for but is fine with a taxpayer-funded state funeral?
— Stephen Tall (@stephentall) April 11, 2013
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.