The Arab Spring

In recent nights, the coverage of the Arab Spring on the BBC has dropped off considerably. It seems reasonable, people don’t want to watch the same news every night, its in a far away part of the world, and we’re hosting the Olympics next year!


They seem to forget it is one of the most profound political uprisings that has occurred in last few decades. They seem to forget, that these uprisings are affecting an area of the world that is probably the most unstable.

They also forget that the uprisings are against in many cases brutal dictators, and support democracy.

They also forget that multinational oil companies are buying their way back in to these countries.

They also forget that the UN has been trying to get democracy into those regions for decades.

So why, on the verge of a military rebellion against Assad’s regime in Syria, is the BBC concentrating more on petty politics and not on a huge monumental shift in world politics? The benefits that the overthrow of the Middle East’s many dictators and totalitarian leaders would bring are immense, but obviously not as important as who is to blame for Britain’s struggling economy, and the fact that we are having a heatwave at the moment.

Now I may be being a little facetious here, as the BBC has to cater for everyone, not just amateur teenage political bloggers like me, but surely they have to cover the biggest stories as well? I still can’t believe football results are shown on news slots. I understand the economic importance of football. Really. But I just don’t see how it can be given even one eighth of the time that the struggle against oppression is given.

It kind of shows some of society’s problems doesn’t it? Too busy trying to find out which team won instead of how close your fellow humans are to achieving liberation. Too busy trying to find out which club has gone bankrupt instead of trying to find out why so many people are oppressed and live in poverty, while those who oppressed them live in luxury.

Maybe if most people took a look around them,  really questioned what goes on at the top, and really think about doing something to make it better, then maybe, change for the better wouldn’t seem so unreachable.

However this is puritanical. To ask everyone to become political vigilantes is unrealistic. Everyone needs some down-time; including me. Frivolity is good, like all good things, in small doses. Take comedians; especially British comedians. They gush forth on political subjects, our political classes being so ridiculous, with the “what what, tally ho”, or “fairy tales are politically incorrect”. I can’t think though, of any comedian, who has made a positive contribution at all.

Perhaps they are a negative influence on society. Perhaps state funded comedians satirising Ahmedinejad to the Iranian people would keep the Iranian theocracy in power for another couple of hundred years. Catharsis is a powerful tool.

October 3, 2011 / jack pickering

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