Category Archives: 4th Estate

Prat du Jour

It seems to be a day for licensing and accreditation news today.  Here’s another not very well thought through proposal, this time from Ivan Lewis, the Shadow Culture Secretary. He says that “a free press is non-negotiable” yet doesn’t seem to see that what he proposes is a shackle that can be used by dishonourable governments to remove a dissenting media voice.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/video/embed
H/t: The Guardian

Licensing journalists is a stupid idea. If anyone needs licensing it’s MPs – one false move, like thieving from expenses and allowances, and the electorate should be able to kick them out. What’s more they should quickly appear in Court, be given a long jail term if convicted and forever barred from holding public office again.

We saw what happened in July when Sky News & the BBC broadcast film of Murdoch being ‘pied’ that tptb didn’t want us to see – Passes withdrawn. I wouldn’t like the licensing of journalists to be in the hands of politicians.

Lewis was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office under the last government; perhaps he picked up this idea from the EU.

In November last year I blogged about further developments to the  EU’s accreditation scheme. Apparently it’s now under review because of “conflicting editorial interests”.  Surprise.

We already know that the EU is considering a pan-European BBC-type licence fee and that it funds news outlets already (incl. the BBC) so nothing they do could surprise me any more.

Also:

Labour propose tighter press regulation
Fool me once

UPDATE: He’s certainly created a stir – Also: Ivan idea…; The return of TASS and The Free Speech blog. No doubt, once he sees the fuss he’s caused, a ‘clarification’ will be forthcoming.

UPDATE2: 🙂 Here we go: The ‘Clarification’,

“Clarifying, Lewis wanted to say that he did not want to see any individual reporters licensed – rather he wanted to propose for discussion whether the news industry might agree that miscreant journalists be banned from future employment.”

I’m not sure that’s an awful lot better.

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Prat du Jour

It seems to be a day for licensing and accreditation news today.  Here’s another not very well thought through proposal, this time from Ivan Lewis, the Shadow Culture Secretary. He says that “a free press is non-negotiable” yet doesn’t seem to see that what he proposes can be used by dishonourable governments to remove a dissenting media voice.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/video/embed
H/t: The Guardian

Licensing journalists is a stupid idea. If anyone needs licensing it’s MPs – one false move, like thieving from expenses and allowances, and the electorate should be able to kick them out. What’s more they should quickly appear in Court, be given a long jail term if convicted and forever barred from holding public office again.

We saw what happened in July when Sky News & the BBC broadcast film of Murdoch being ‘pied’ that tptb didn’t want us to see – Passes withdrawn. I wouldn’t like the licensing of journalists to be in the hands of politicians.

Lewis was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office under the last government; perhaps he picked up this idea from the EU.

In November last year I blogged about further developments to the  EU’s accreditation scheme. Apparently it’s now under review because of “conflicting editorial interests”.  Surprise.

We already know that the EU is considering a pan-European BBC-type licence fee and that it funds news outlets already (incl. the BBC) so nothing they do could surprise me any more.

Also:

Labour propose tighter press regulation
Fool me once

UPDATE: He’s certainly created a stir – Also: Ivan idea…; The return of TASS and The Free Speech blog. No doubt, once he sees the fuss he’s caused, a ‘clarification’ will be forthcoming.

UPDATE2: 🙂 Here we go: The ‘Clarification’,

“Clarifying, Lewis wanted to say that he did not want to see any individual reporters licensed – rather he wanted to propose for discussion whether the news industry might agree that miscreant journalists be banned from future employment.”

I’m not sure that’s an awful lot better.

Got the Blues

I’ve got the blues: a black dog, monkey on my back sort of day and, as usual, the monkey is politics.

The people we’re helping
The people who “rule” us
The people who write in newspapers
Surprise, surprise
Arrested for “lack of common sense” in the US

The front pages:

The Daily Express
The Guardian
The Sun
The Independent
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Mail

I mustn’t forget The Daily Star.  Eighty-eight MPs signed an EDM calling on the BBC to include the DS in their regular newspaper reviews.  The EDM itself, put forward by Ian Lavery MP, has gone awol.  EDMs cost an average of £290 each and are essentially puff pieces for MPs to raise their own profile in the HoC: there were 1428 in the 2009-10 session of Parliament.

It’s a rare occasion if the msm reports what the independent blogs report. THIS, is the most recent example – it’s mentioned nowhere in the msm.  Not only do the press not report fully or without bias but they disseminate “untruths”. Untruths are leftie-lie-speak, but we don’t like lies, no-one ever lies; so they just forget to tell us things.

There’s too much ‘shock’ and ‘outrage’, too many pendulums. We don’t need winding up, only to be ‘saved’ by government intervention, and wound down again.  If you look closely at the news we’re often presented with horrific scenarios juxtaposed with heart-melting animal or children stories: our 4th Estate has become the Mills & Boon of news reporting.

We live in a country that seems to be in perpetual fear of others and a permanent state of outrage, not only ready to take the slightest offence but actively looking for reasons to be offended and encouraged to do so by regulation and law.  People aren’t afraid of their government, they’re afraid of each other.  This needs to be turned on its head so that the government is afraid of the people because, after all, we do elect them and pay them to represent us.

Ultimately, people need to know the facts so they can make “an informed decision” (that’s a great phrase by the way and much loved of Lefties when talking about public services and ‘localism’).  When was the British electorate last able to make “an informed decision”?

Shock, horror, outrage? By all means, but the government says: just so long as it isn’t shock at innocent people dying from tasering; be horrified, as long as it isn’t at NHS neglect; be outraged, as long is it isn’t at government vacuity, incompetence and dereliction of duty.

One of the best posts this week is THIS, which highlights the disparity between those who rule and those who do not.  It’s time more people knew about paedophilia in high places.

I also liked THIS and  THIS very much.  The UAF forgot Pastor Neimoller’s words.

“Any time you’re thinking evil, you’re thinking about the blues.”

Got The Blues

I’ve got the blues: a black dog, monkey on my back sort of day and, as usual, the monkey is politics.

The people we’re helping
The people who “rule” us
The people who write in newspapers
Surprise, surprise
Arrested for “lack of common sense” in the US

The front pages:

The Daily Express
The Guardian
The Sun
The Independent
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Mail

I mustn’t forget The Daily Star.  Eighty-eight MPs signed an EDM calling on the BBC to include the DS in their regular newspaper reviews.  The EDM itself, put forward by Ian Lavery MP, has gone awol.  EDMs cost an average of £290 each and are essentially puff pieces for MPs to raise their own profile in the HoC: there were 1428 in the 2009-10 session of Parliament.

It’s a rare occasion if the msm reports what the independent blogs report. THIS, is the most recent example – it’s mentioned nowhere in the msm.  Not only do the press not report fully or without bias but they disseminate “untruths”. Untruths are leftie-lie-speak, but we don’t like lies, no-one ever lies; so they just forget to tell us things.

There’s too much ‘shock’ and ‘outrage’, too many pendulums. We don’t need winding up, only to be ‘saved’ by government intervention, and wound down again.  If you look closely at the news we’re often presented with horrific scenarios juxtaposed with heart-melting animal or children stories: our 4th Estate has become the Mills & Boon of news reporting.

We live in a country that seems to be in perpetual fear of others and a permanent state of outrage, not only ready to take the slightest offence but actively looking for reasons to be offended and encouraged to do so by regulation and law.  People aren’t afraid of their government, they’re afraid of each other.  This needs to be turned on its head so that the government is afraid of the people because, after all, we do elect them and pay them to represent us.

Ultimately, people need to know the facts so they can make “an informed decision” (that’s a great phrase by the way and much loved of Lefties when talking about public services and ‘localism’).  When was the British electorate last able to make “an informed decision”?

Shock, horror, outrage? By all means, but the government says: just so long as it isn’t shock at innocent people dying from tasering; be horrified, as long as it isn’t at NHS neglect; be outraged, as long is it isn’t at government vacuity, incompetence and dereliction of duty.

One of the best posts this week is THIS, which highlights the disparity between those who rule and those who do not.  It’s time more people knew about paedophilia in high places.

I also liked THIS and  THIS very much.  The UAF forgot Pastor Neimoller’s words, if they ever knew them in the first place.

“Any time you’re thinking evil, you’re thinking about the blues.”

Sticks, stones and the EDL

Get a cup of tea.

I think the commentary seeking to justify and explain the riots has shown the true division in society: the enormous gulf that exists between the politicians & the media and the rest of us. As I watched Gavin Esler on Newsnight do his piece to camera last night I wondered why he claimed “we” were so surprised, who were this mythical “we” and who were the “we” who didn’t know where to go from here?

It’s only the likes of Esler and the politicians who’ve apparently been taken aback. Anyone who doesn’t use the msm as the Authorised Bible of Authentic News wasn’t surprised at people kicking back. The targets were what shocked – the ages of those involved, the local businesses and neighbours’ homes; the thoughtless endangerment of people’s lives.

Esler’s “we” shouldn’t have been surprised to see the police stand back and take pictures either – that’s the preferred method of policing according to ACPO, the private limited company that runs the police force service. Sit back and let the CCTV take the strain seems to be Hugh Orde’s motto and to think this man could very well be the next Met Police Chief. Anyone saying the police hierarchy weren’t politicised under Blair & Blair (now Sir Ian) is wrong.

Going back a few days, when we heard news of Turks, Indians, Greeks, Asians, defending their “areas” I applauded it while biting my tongue at some of the language used – we certainly do need to take back our streets and clean them up after the mess. We do have a right  in Common Law to defend our families, homes and neighbourhoods and anyone who tells you otherwise is misleading you.  However, when the English went on to the streets of Enfield and Ealing and were roundly condemned by all and sundry as EDL yobs I posted a question on twitter. “Why is it ok for Sikhs, Turks and others to protect themselves but when white English do it they’re condemned as #EDL thugs?”.  I thought that was a reasonable question but I was immediately inundated with abusive twits/tweets and added to the watchlist of someone called @moronalert – no debate, no argument, just judgement. I told the chap he was an idiot and left it at that. He knows nothing about me so I’m really not that bothered but I mention it because it typifies the way some people have of closing down debate. That twitterer didn’t want to discuss anything, he just wanted to label me because I mentioned the EDL.

That’s pretty much what’s happened to David Starkey after last night. He was allowed to give half a statement and was then interrupted, his protestations that what’d he’d said was being wrongly interpreted were drowned out and he was generally treated like an idiot, even by Maitlis – so why did the BBC bother to invite him in the first place except to cause controversy and set up a whipping-boy.

Earlier this week, the Talking Clock asked Are these riots and looting sprees an act of subversion? He gave links to back up his assertions.

THIS has also come to light:

“Within ten minutes of the mention of Duggan’s name by the Socialist Worker Party activists, one of the youths – whipped up into a frenzy by the Socialist Worker Party protesters – had grabbed an expensive-looking TV camera from one of the gathered journalists and smashed it into smithereens on the street floor.

The youths started to look menacing. They brandished sticks. They too began to shout. They joined in with the Socialist Worker Party chants and taunted the police. The mood had turned toxic.

The police started issuing public order warnings across a loudspeaker.

Still the Socialist Worker Party protesters swore and chanted – urging the youths on.

Only when the scene actually turned violent did the Socialist Worker Party members disperse – their banners and SWP paraphernalia bagged up for another place or another day.”

At the moment, with few exceptions mentioned in previous posts (Delingpole, Oborne) the media is directing the debate and steering it towards a conclusion.  It isn’t an open or honest debate, it’s one proscribed by those who try to manipulate and direct our lives and our thoughts.

Cameron picked out the EDL for particular opprobrium in Thursday’s statement but apart from the media reports of them gathering and marching down streets chanting slogans  (to which I’ve already referred and condemned) I’ve seen nothing else.  I’ve heard nothing about English people, white English people, protecting their homes against the looters and being applauded for it, yet there must have been many.  How can those who praise Sikhs for waving their swords around at the same time condemn the English with baseball bats?  (I’ve already written about Amazon refusing to sell them).  It’s hypocrisy and double-dealing.

Reporting is very selective.  See this for example:  Protester fined for Nazi salute and this on censorship: The disappearing video. This is just going to get so much worse; the media reporting has been telling us that it’s okay for anyone to protect their homes except the white English – and that’s their distinctions and divisions, not mine.  They’ve set the ground, not me.

An ideology can’t wipe out a national collective psyche with words – there’ll always be something that whispers of being “English” – perhaps The Reeds of Runnymede will stir again.  Cameron and his advisors should learn from history that you don’t double-deal with the English.

Watch the language on this one:

UPDATE:The link to the article about the Socialist Workers’ Party and UAF involvement in the Tottenham riot has been removed and the account suspended.  Strange times.

Sticks, Stones & The EDL

Get a cup of tea.

I think the commentary seeking to justify and explain the riots has shown the true division in society: the enormous gulf that exists between the politicians & the media and the rest of us. As I watched Gavin Esler on Newsnight do his piece to camera last night I wondered why he claimed “we” were so surprised, who were this mythical “we” and who were the “we” who didn’t know where to go from here?

It’s only the likes of Esler and the politicians who’ve apparently been taken aback. Anyone who doesn’t use the msm as the Authorised Bible of Authentic News wasn’t surprised at people kicking back. The targets were what shocked – the ages of those involved, the local businesses and neighbours’ homes; the thoughtless endangerment of people’s lives.

Esler’s “we” shouldn’t have been surprised to see the police stand back and take pictures either – that’s the preferred method of policing according to ACPO, the private limited company that runs the police force service. Sit back and let the CCTV take the strain seems to be Hugh Orde’s motto and to think this man could very well be the next Met Police Chief. Anyone saying the police hierarchy weren’t politicised under Blair & Blair (now Sir Ian) is wrong.

Going back a few days, when we heard news of Turks, Indians, Greeks, Asians, defending their “areas” I applauded it while biting my tongue at some of the language used – we certainly do need to take back our streets and clean them up after the mess. We do have a right  in Common Law to defend our families, homes and neighbourhoods and anyone who tells you otherwise is misleading you.  However, when the English went on to the streets of Enfield and Ealing and were roundly condemned by all and sundry as EDL yobs I posted a question on twitter. “Why is it ok for Sikhs, Turks and others to protect themselves but when white English do it they’re condemned as #EDL thugs?”.  I thought that was a reasonable question but I was immediately inundated with abusive twits/tweets and added to the watchlist of someone called @moronalert – no debate, no argument, just judgement. I told the chap he was an idiot and left it at that. He knows nothing about me so I’m really not that bothered but I mention it because it typifies the way some people have of closing down debate. That twitterer didn’t want to discuss anything, he just wanted to label me because I mentioned the EDL.

That’s pretty much what’s happened to David Starkey after last night. He was allowed to give half a statement and was then interrupted, his protestations that what he’d said was being wrongly interpreted were drowned out and he was generally treated like an idiot, even by Maitlis – so why did the BBC bother to invite him in the first place except to cause controversy and set up a whipping-boy.

Earlier this week, the Talking Clock asked Are these riots and looting sprees an act of subversion? He gave links to back up his assertions.

THIS has also come to light:

“Within ten minutes of the mention of Duggan’s name by the Socialist Worker Party activists, one of the youths – whipped up into a frenzy by the Socialist Worker Party protesters – had grabbed an expensive-looking TV camera from one of the gathered journalists and smashed it into smithereens on the street floor.

The youths started to look menacing. They brandished sticks. They too began to shout. They joined in with the Socialist Worker Party chants and taunted the police. The mood had turned toxic.

The police started issuing public order warnings across a loudspeaker.

Still the Socialist Worker Party protesters swore and chanted – urging the youths on.

Only when the scene actually turned violent did the Socialist Worker Party members disperse – their banners and SWP paraphernalia bagged up for another place or another day.”

At the moment, with few exceptions mentioned in previous posts (Delingpole, Oborne) the media is directing the debate and steering it towards a conclusion.  It isn’t an open or honest debate, it’s one proscribed by those who try to manipulate and direct our lives and our thoughts. 

Cameron picked out the EDL for particular opprobrium in Thursday’s statement but apart from the media reports of them gathering and marching down streets chanting slogans  (to which I’ve already referred and condemned) I’ve seen nothing else.  I’ve heard nothing about English people, white English people, protecting their homes against the looters and being applauded for it, yet there must have been many.  How can those who praise Sikhs for waving their swords around at the same time condemn the English with baseball bats?  (I’ve already written about Amazon refusing to sell them).  It’s hypocrisy and double-dealing.

Reporting is very selective.  See this for example:  Protester fined for Nazi salute and this on censorship: The disappearing video. This is just going to get so much worse; the media reporting has been telling us that it’s okay for anyone to protect their homes except the white English – and those are their distinctions and divisions, not mine.  They’ve set the ground, not me.

An ideology can’t wipe out a national collective psyche with words – there’ll always be something that whispers of being “English” – perhaps The Reeds of Runnymede will stir again.  Cameron and his advisors should learn from history that you don’t double-deal with the English.

Watch the language on this one:

UPDATE:The link to the article about the Socialist Workers’ Party and UAF involvement in the Tottenham riot has been removed and the account suspended.  Strange times.

The Red Arrows

Comments & reactions in the DM this morning made really depressing reading for me. Take the following three for example; the one from Fred in London is especially pertinent and I can hardly believe that seven witless people have given no thought to what he says:

Pick a family without young children in the house to make an example of. I agree people must be aware of the consequences of their actions to those around them, but no good can come of evicting an 8 year old!
– Dave, North Sea, 13/8/2011 3:00
Click to rate Rating 29

This man has NOT been convicted and has plead NOT GUILTY. Regardless of whether or not you believe in his is innocence, he is innocent until proven guilty. Throwing his family out of their home under such conditions is against their rights. And when I say that I mean those rights first described in English law by the Magna Carter (Clause 29 ‘Right to due Process’.) I know everyone (including me) is angry about these riots and the scum bags that were responsible should be seen to, but let’s all calm down and think things through rationally. Then act decisively. Otherwise we’ll end up in country where the army polices all demonstrations, free access to the internet is banned and people are punished by the government without actually having had a trial.
– fred, london, 13/8/2011 2:58
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When a desire for justice or retribution results in a mother and 8 year old child being evicted and made homeless, the baying mob is breaking the social contract as well. I fear a sense of decency and proportion has been lost.
– Go(l)fer, Manila, 13/8/2011 2:57
Click to rate Rating 12

I can understand why some politicians think that the opinions of voters shouldn’t be given credence and that they’re not fit to be entrusted with referenda.  I wish people would think before they chip in with their knee-jerk reactions and advocate what should never be advocated if we want to live in a free and fair society.

For what it’s worth I agree with all three comments and think Cameron and the government are equally culpable.  Talk of the army on the streets, shutting down media communications, the further demonisation of the EDL while he tolerates the UAF/SWP, MAC, Commissions & Inquiries and so on, won’t give us quiet, effective, well thought through solutions that we need.