In Jim we trusted

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The recent Jimmy Savile case continues to unfold, causing a huge uproar, and rightly so. But isn’t it ironic how we were itching to trust both the BBC and Savile, yet they’ve both let the public down? The whole Savile saga isn’t of a great surprise with the beauty of hindsight, the whacked-out muppet always seemed in cloud cuckoo land – ultimately manufacturing his escape plan and saving himself from a public onslaught through to his death. The thing is, the BBC has nowhere to hide, there are damning questions that they need to answer to and soon.

Disappointment in the BBC

I’m a massive fan of the BBC, no question about it, I love most of their programming and I’ve always believed in their ethics and practices; it’s refreshing for an organisation of their size to remain impartial in this current day, and you can’t argue with their ability to inform and educate too. Yet the paying public has to question the integrity of a broadcaster who turned a blind eye to the behaviours of Savile. The disgust I feel towards Savile is one thing, but the BBC’s mistakes frustrate me more to be honest. I’ve handed the BBC many hours of my personal time, you kind of invest in them emotionally without realising, I’m not insinuating they should be grateful, but would I have watched if I were I aware of these allegations? I don’t reckon I would.

It appears the BBC has been ripped apart, albeit many years ago, by the dwindling actions of a management team failing to deal with Savile’s antics. Unfortunately for the BBC, I believe those nonchalant individuals have tarnished the current experience for all those associated with the BBC. I am sure they do, too.

Are we really surprised?

Is the BBC any different to the long-line of lying, deceitful, scandalous organisations that seemingly keep coming to light? Just look at what happened with Hillsborough, a corrupt police, up until recently, withheld vital information from the families who fought so hard for justice. And, that’s the police – the epitome of trust? Then there’s the hacking scandal that ultimately led to the closure of the News of the World. And, of course we can’t forget the banks. It’s bloody everywhere, so why should we be surprised by the BBC’s actions and indeed old Jimmy? Personally, the BBC has forever been apart of my life, growing up as a child with Roland Rat (who they hell dreamt him up!?), Top of the Pops and more importantly Match of the Day. I still sit trusting them with Cassius, my son, we’ll sit there watching CBeebies. Deep down, it’s not surprising is it, just all a bit disappointing.

Do we rely on others too much for stability, after all we seemingly want to invest in these brands emotionally, clearly? Otherwise we wouldn’t be so angry. Are we too weak and just want to trust and lean on other people, brands and organisations – expecting too much of them? As I said of my own situation recently leading up to the ban – you can only have so many chances, so many return visits asking for forgiveness. We invest so much trust into others and yet we’re surprised when events unfold negatively. I know I need to re-earn the trust of others – it’s time these massive organisations recognise it too. As far as the BBC go, for me, they’re now just the best of a pretty rotten bunch.

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effoff
effoff

Sir, YOU may have trusted saVILE but most of us got the absolute creeps at the sight and sound of him. Even in an era as generally creepy as the 1970's with it's blatant sexism and male dominated egotism, saVILE stood out as a revolting specimen who clearly used 'charity' to whitewash his true identity - I am a trusting and niaeve person then and now, and even I wasn't fooled.

 

Despite credible evidence that the corporation is run by pedophiles and back stabbing, money-grabbing arseholes, you still  trust the BBC enough to sit your child in front of it's babysitting/brainwashing device? Please don't expose poor Cassius to the most purile and revolting mind-eating box that ruined and continues to ruin generations. Look what it did for your temprament - did it play any part in your lack of social integration?

 

If you are too busy or can't be bothered to play with him, YOU, at least, could afford a nanny to provide him with proper interraction and interface with the world. They don't call it television PROGRAMMING for nothing.

 

In our childhoods, there was a certain ignorance that allowed our busy parents to feel o.k. about our staring for hours at the box in the corner, but these days such ignorance is wilful. Unless you are too poor to affford supervision for your children and have to work, you have NO excuse. YOU have no excuse with your inflated income and if it was not obvious before, consider yourself duly informed.

 

If you continue to let the poor chap have his brain and spirit drained away by Telly Dribble, you should consider yourself as a child abuser.

 

Call yourself a philosopher? THEN BLOODY THINK! (Yes - I know I'm shouting).

 

KOKEFIEND
KOKEFIEND

Hello Joe, I don't suppose you could Tweet a link https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40925

 

Petition to bring forward the Hillsborough inquest as Anne Williams has terminal cancer and is in a hospice. You did great work with the other petition and I know you care about the campaign for justice, sure you're well aware it's not over yet! Help Anne see some sort of justice before she dies. If you could put a link up on your site as well it would be great. It's got over 50k so far, we just need that little push to get the remaining bit. Things are really desperate!

 

I would love if any moderator reads this before Joe, I'm sure he's busy preparing for his return, if they could contact him! It's urgent!

jwchelsea
jwchelsea

Roland Rat was ITV, he was the rat which saved a sinking ship, TV AM.

 

 

Pritchy8
Pritchy8

I agree. BBC fucked up. but didn't everyone keep quite about that sort of thing in those days? catholic schools, hostels, orphanages you name it. I can't believe that so many victims of saville yet nowt said til the pervy fucker is dead. why is no-one bitchin at the victims. nothin can be done about it now. it s too late. what is exhuming his bones gonna do? estha ransan didn't set child line up for Fuck all. everyone that worked for BBC back then was only doin what was the norm about that sort of ugly shit. they've all probably moved on to different things by now and new era will be in place where none of that stuff will ever come close to happening. bottom line victims should of went to police time and time again hoping one time they go they'd not get a corrupt coppa but someone that might wanna do somethin about it. Marty 30 toon fan

ghayes73
ghayes73

The whole sorry saga is another nail in the coffin of supposedly Great British institutions. The BBC go out and make documentaries on governments / countries / people in power, judging them with the British holier than thou attitude, yet this nation must be one of the worst, most corrupt, inept Countries, trying to press our supposed morals and views on those poor sorry 3rd world countries. Maybe as a Country we should get our own house in order - People in glass houses....

One thing is sure - Power corrupts in every day work, home, social life.

PeterG123
PeterG123

The old school tie Joey, protects the corrupt and inept.

Bouncer
Bouncer

Joey - fair play and fair comment. There is nothing like the BBC anywhere - Deutsche Welle is a German derivative but doesn't come close. Programming on Radio 4 and BBC 4 are staggering in quality and the Melvyn Bragg material presented in his series "In our Time" is an absolute gem. However, in many areas they are like the FA - bankrupt of decency and not fit for purpose. The way the BBC and the rest of the meeja banshees have vilified Luis Suarez based on one mans allegations and the relegation of Hillsborough to sideshow shows them as a tainted organization. The Hillsborough Massacre is in effect the biggest cover up this country has seen in almost a century - if ever. 96 innocent people dying through FA and authority incompetence has been quickly and calculatedly removed from people's consciousness by a focus on a posh birds tits, a dirty old man and a collossal media fuck up (or was it?). We don't always have the luxury to invest tine in really paying attention to stories the meeja promulgate ... But the more attention you pay the scarier it is. I didnt come to this opinion via a the route of a one-eyed tribal football supporter. It was the lies and agenda around global warming that opened my eyes - if interested check out the Stern Report and how we were having to finance reducing our CO2 (an extra £2500 per household per family) emmissions to comply with the Kyoto agreement - guess who financed the Stern Report - never mentioned by the BBC - the Inland Revenue Don't believe a word ... I mean FFS they are actually paying Kekvin McKenzie and Robbie Savage for their broadcasting and cunditry skills :) Personally and with no prejudice I look forward to someone paying you for your views, mate :) Written on iPhone - apologies for mistakes and bollix quotient ;)

Ieuan
Ieuan

JB, Whatever other people say, this piece of writing moved me very much indeed - thank you.  For a child, trust is everything. You reminded me of the day I came home early from school and found my mum in bed with one of my best friends: of course, I soon discovered my dad was playing away from home too.  These things made me miserable and I started drinking and taking drugs at an early age - one night returning home drunk and punching out every window in the house I could reach and lacerating my hands and wrists in the process.  Later I dedicated my life to making theatre shows for under 5s with two utter convictions: that truth is beauty and that trust is a Holy Grail - in friendship, marriage, work or play.  I feel betrayed by my country, the politicians (Thatcher and Blair particularly), by the police/judiciary, the education system, the media, the banks, the bureaucrats and pretty much everything about the place I was born.  What I do have is 4 beautiful daughters and 5 lovely grandchildren, who I pray will be less disillusioned than me.  I hope that they will be able to trust those around them and play a big part in making our world a better place.  As a child, the BBC was for me Dr. Who, football and Top of the Pops. As an adult the BBC became a pusher of propaganda for MI6, the FO, the police and the state in general. Maybe this is just the sad result of growing older? What and who has changed? Me, the BBC - or nothing?

Bigox67
Bigox67

I will admit at first i thought you were just an attention seeker and a bit of a hooligan but now i see that you are educated and the "hooligan" is just a passion and frustration boiling over. I agree 100% with your comments and alsk understand you have to be careful what you say. It looks like there was a pedophile ring operating within the bbc with influential people. Questions i want to know is WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG TO COME OUT and also why are people now still making fresh claims? what has taken them so long to speak up and sadly i believe that SOME of these cases could be fabrications for the compensation. Keep up the good work mate i am now a fan of yours.

AaronMeredith
AaronMeredith

fuck the TV licence they'll never get a penny out of me, The BBC are laughable you can see through the bollocks straight away. Jimmy Saville was a mover and shaker for the rich and famous in politics, its all to do with some secret society's that that david icke used to get ridiculed about, You know the geezer who used to play in goal for Coventry. He's been writing books on this shit since 98' and its all turning out true... 

Mikenewlin4real
Mikenewlin4real

Many good points, I hope whoever at the BBC, and I'm sure there must of been at least one, if not some, who knew of saville's antics, is/are bought to justice, and dealt with as severely as possible, it won't change what's happened, but until people are punished, the BBC will never be able to attempt to regain its once untouchable reputation

SamuelofHarrogate
SamuelofHarrogate

Your pseudo-profundity is laughable, Joey. You sound like a philosophy sixth-form student trying to show off to his mates, but ultimately embarrassing yourself with your lack of command for the English language.

WafaTaj
WafaTaj

You are my new favourite footballer. Great piece. 

DavidBrown23
DavidBrown23

Joey I hate you because I love you (oxymoron I know) but once again I feel you are correct. We can't all say this has come as a surprise as the whole country is corrupt in some way or another. I wish we could pause time for a decade to eradicate this country because so much is wrong and too many people get away with too much. Even more so with large corporations (such as Philip Green and Vodafone) getting away with not paying the correct tax duty. With out pausing time, too much can happen today that people get away with. This country will never be straight, it's something that I have accepted rather than thinking it can be sorted. Yours @Davidbrown23

eddy45
eddy45

the bbc has and always will show blatant propaganda. The sooner people realise this the better!

Richard Howsley
Richard Howsley

Couldn't have worded that better Joey, back in the times when there were just 3 channels, everybody put their trust into the BBC.... it was what made us British and what earned respect from TV companies around the world. The past 12 months for it, as the Queen would put it, has been an 'Annus Horribilis'.... 12 months in which they have fallen from grace and lost trust from the licence payer. How long will it take to get this trust back I wonder. Perhaps they need to carry out a full overhaul, get rid of senior management that can't make decisions (what do they manage after all?). They have to realise now that people and corporations aren't, in this day and age, remembered for the good things they've done... they're now remembered for all the f**k ups they make... and in the BBCs case, these have been calamitous!

..... as for Roland Rat... didn't he start with TV-AM on ITV then move to the beeb? How many other Rats are at the beeb now... makes you wonder!

lecoug
lecoug

 @SamuelofHarrogate Maybe he's just writing what he thinks?  he doesn't claim to be anything other than a person who is trying to better himself and this website exists to give his point of view.  just because he's a footballer this isn't allowed?  did you come here looking for a philosophical discussion or to read joey's thoughts on a range of matters?  just in case you hadn't figured it out this website covers the latter     

effoff
effoff

 @eddy45 Yes, it took me nearly a lifetime and the invention of the internet to realise that this statement is 100% true. The thing is that the propoganda, like all good propoganda is mixed in with some excellent entertainment and some perfect truths.

 

Maybe the best and most life-enhancing thing would be to throw the TV away.

 

I did, I am now horribly overinformed about world news and considering throwing away the computer as well.

 

It is my belief that generations have been brainwashed and that further generations will continue to be brainwashed - perhaps we should stop blaming the media and start educating our children to be more discerning about what they view and what they think about what they view.

SamuelofHarrogate
SamuelofHarrogate

@lecoug I came her to read it (obviously, you cretin) but whilst reading it became increasingly annoyed at Jospehs evident lack of philosophical intelligence, whilst trying to portray himself as one of the highest order.

tjmorganuk
tjmorganuk

 @SamuelofHarrogate  @tjmorganuk it's hard to be younger years younger than me when i"m in my early 20s and as for the intelligence comments, judging by your lack of common sense, punctuation and logically valid points, I'd say there is a gap but in the other direction. Why don't you stop trolling and do something with your life

plappers
plappers

 @josephine92  @SamuelofHarrogate Yes, Samuel of Harrogate -If you are to go bandying around accusations of poor command of the English lingo, PLEASE LEARN TO USE AN APOSTROPHE! Cretin. 

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