Well, he’s not God. He’s the bloated, self-important son of another member of the Establishment, whose claim to fame was to commentate in sombre, Received English tones on bigwig weddings and funerals, his voice being broadcast to the Great British Unwashed through the new-fangled medium of television.
If you are planning to let Dimbleby take you through the Election results, I hope I can dissuade you with the following wee story. Well into the morning after the General Election in 2010, with only a handful of seats still to be declared, it was clear that Gordon Brown’s Labour Party would only stay in power if it could form a Coalition Government with the Liberal Democrats. Sitting at the big round table with his cronies, Dimbleby made some unguarded arrogant comments about the apparent unpopularity of Gordon Brown among voters. “What is he, anyway? The son of a clergyman. A minister, I think they call it in Scotland. Definitely not one of us, though. I mean not Eton and Oxford educated like us. And it’s clear from history that the British public want to be led, to be governed, by people like us. They have much more confidence in people like us.”
Now don’t be fooled by Dimbleby recently complaining that Jeremy Corbyn was being treated unfairly by the British media. Those were weasel words to boost his self-importance. He revealed his true colours back in 2010 and has done many times since. Darn tootin’ he’ll be rootin’ for the Tories, people like him, on his programme.
So my plea is this: Turn over, tune out, drop Dimbleby. If enough of us do that on Thursday night, his ratings will plummet. And if enough of us do the same for Question Time, with its rigged audiences and inane Dimbleby pontifications, his tenure at the BBC may not last much longer.
Remember the mantra: Turn over, tune out, drop Dimbleby. He’s not one of us.