Posted tagged ‘divide’

Dear ITV

March 5, 2012

I'd like to make a complaint...

Dear ITV,

On Thursday 1 March you broadcast a show which aimed to compare the differences between working for the public sector and the private sector, and claimed to work out who actually has the better deal.  As you may be able to tell from the title of this blog we are pretty interested in this area of discussion, so settled down in front of the tv with our dinners on our laps and eagerly awaited what we expected would be some in-depth and even handed analysis.

It’s worth saying that we weren’t all at the same place (WLLG Towers is after all a fictional headquarters of a web-based group of anonymous individuals), but you may be surprised to hear that the various authors of this blog soon got in contact with each other and shared their impressions of your investigation and findings.  And would you like to know what our considered opinion of your efforts is?

Well, even if you don’t we are going to tell you.  If you are interested in hearing only positive feedback then, like your editting of the Blur show at the Brits, you’d better cut to an all too frequent ad break now.

We are appalled at your attempt to address what is a complicated and hugely important divide in society through this amateurish piece of diet journalism that would have even Rupert Murdoch thinking “perhaps we didn’t go about this the right way”.  The show (we refuse to grace it with the title of ‘journalistic piece’) had not a single redeeming quality, provided inaccurate and misleading information to its audience and in its own (hopefully small) way contributed to the growing levels of acrimony and bitterness between workers from two interdependent and equally hard working sectors.  There are many, many things which were wrong with it, and we would like to take the opportunity through this open letter to share a few of them with you. (more…)