Totalitarian nun, all a bit of fun for the BBC

Usually the ideologues at the BBC don't care much for religion. But a far-Left nun who wants to nationalise the media? Now you're talking

by Yorker on 14 September 2013 08:16

She's called Sister Teresa Forcades. She's a "radical" Spanish nun who has taken Catalonia by storm. She supports abortion and gay priests, and she despises capitalism. According to the BBC's glowing account of her she's "one of Europe's most influential left-wing public intellectuals," she's "bright-eyed, confident, almost breezy." She has "a razor-sharp campaigner's mind."

Actually, if her 10 point programme is anything to go by, she's a rather nasty, dim and immature Leftist totalitarian bigot, not that the BBC would ever consider seeking out someone with an opposing world view to relate that angle of the story.

Here are the key elements of her political agenda: Nationalise the banks; curb speculation; stop firms firing people; raise wages; cut working hours; nationalise public services; raise public spending; promote the green agenda and nationalise energy companies; scrap the armed forces; end immigration controls and...drum roll please...nationalise the media, including the internet!

Minus the abolition of the military, that's pretty much what North Korea looks like.

Why does it not occur to BBC reporters to ask the obvious questions, like: Now then Sister Forcades, you do realise that you're advocating the definitive end of the free society? Or even, you do realise that there are people out there who would argue that you're advocating the end of the free society?

It obviously doesn't occur to them because in their cocooned little world of politically correct certainties, they never encounter people who would look at Sister Forcades's political programme and recoil in horror at the kind of absolutist society it appears to imply.

She's billed as controversial of course: "She grips the crowd with radical ideas that frighten many mainstream politicians in Spain." But even then the writer conveys the sense that this is all just a little bit exciting. There isn't the slightest hint that this woman might actually pose a danger to freedom.

But I suppose such matters would only occur to you if a free society was something you valued and cared about. And this, after all, is a story from the BBC...

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