Last week the BBC broadcast a feature-length drama which drew a fair amount of praise from critics. Called Freefall, it was about the financial meltdown as experienced by a city trader, a mortgage broker and a young married couple who take on a new house way above their means.
Many conservatives get rightly exercised by the unbalanced treatment of political parties and the bias in news-reporting. But in the longer term, the worldview which underpins most of the non-news output of the BBC is far more insidious in the effect it has on our cultural drift.
Freefall was exceptionally well made, flawlessly acted and absorbing. But from a political point of view, it was utterly predictable; it could have been written ten, twenty or thirty years ago. And doubtess it will be made ten or twenty years hence.
The trader and the broker were appalling characters with no redeeming qualities. Not only were their actions irresponsible; they were as individuals repulsive: empty, selfish and amoral. The young couple, on the other hand, were virtually saintly; the only weakness the husband could be accused of was naivety (which is, in this universe, hardly a defect at all.)