One of the central themes transmitted across the establishment media from Theresa May’s speech to party conference, when they were not taken up with a distractionary dance spectacle, was that austerity is coming to an end.
Ten years on from the collapse of financial meltdown, the coverage has mostly been quite surface, with at least as much focus on nostalgia as an actual analysis.
Perhaps the most significant development came when Corbyn announced proposals for re-organising the BBC and the establishment of a Public Digital Corporation to run alongside it.
Boris Johnson’s niqab comments earlier in the week scarcely merit analysis on the surface issues of clothing, security, theology or feminism (Johnson LOL).
The Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee (DCMS) looks set to add to warnings about the threat to democracy in the wake of The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ongoing revelations/ speculations about Russian misdeeds.
The Daily Beast and other this week reported on Steve Bannon’s plans to focus his culture-war efforts on Europe, especially in advance of next year’s European Parliament Elections.
The build-up to last week’s Brexit summit of ministers at Chequers featured exactly the kind of elite and commentariat behaviour which many people connect to the decision to leave the EU in the first place.