B-BBC contributor Alan notes;
Osborne tells us that ‘Journalists were recruited as an essential part of the apparatus of government control.’ I imagine some journalists were a lot easier to convince than others about the merits of a Labour government.
Pienaar today continues on his merry way….listeners may have heard him recently giving us the run down on the Border Agency chief, Brodie Clark’s statement to the inquiry concerning the loosening of border controls….”
Pienaar’s analysis seemed to bear little resemblance to the words and content that I heard. Pienaar suggested it was all a big mistake, confusion not conspiracy on Clark’s side…..I heard a man desperately trying to avoid any blame being attached to him, one who did not maintain a consistent story, one moment saying he allowed in passengers on grounds of health and safety, the next on the pretext of increasing higher security checks on higher risk passengers.
Pienaar seemed to be enamoured of Clark…..’The very model of a Whitehall civil servant with his steel grey hair and metal rimmed glasses. He’s choosing his words very carefully and the measured, cool Scottish accent just adds to the impression of a safe pair of hands who was doing nothing that he shouldn’t have been doing.’….and seemed determined to present him in as good a light as possible….essentially a good man doing his best to do a good job in difficult circumstances until unfairly having his reputation and professionalism brought into question by a scheming Tory politician.
This is Pienaar massaging the truth and subtly changing the perspective to give a radically different view of events favourable to Clark and designed to sandbag Theresa May by implication.
Pienaar does not shout his allegiances from the roof tops but they are there if you care to look…and I would judge they are clearly championing Labour’s narrative.