It’s the tyranny of the can-shake, the soporific of the charidee triad: Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Gaby Roslin. Children in Need has been going since 1980 but god it feels like a lot longer.
This sort of infantile ‘tear-jerking’ analysis of the world has now become a constant drone behind the eyes of the All Seeing Eye. Think of the narrative behind The Secret Millionaire: rich people will save you, (if they can be arsed). The last one I saw was a billionaire who’d made his money out of private care homes. He tossed off a couple of cheques for £15k and off he went.
Now, I know that Children in Need has made (approx) £500 million in the last thirty years or so, and I’ve no doubt it does good things. But this kind of relentless charity ‘giving’ seems more and more a prop to a system based on obscene inequalities, and to make entertainment out of this situation with us as passive, teary-eyed by-standers renders another level to this being a horror story. Solidarity not charity is what’s required and moves to transform our society rather than indulge in this moronism. One radio commentator this morning gushed about how she ‘always looks forward to Children in Need’. Yes, I hope there’s another famine so we can get Bob & Bono back for a knees up.
Today we learned that dawn raids courtesy of the UKBA are still taking place across Scotland. Children are woken up by immigration officials wearing uniforms and stab-proof vests only to see their mothers being handcuffed (more on this tomorrow) – but the Scottish Parliament hasn’t the powers to stop this happening.
This is the reality of children in need.