There was a real BBC hatchet job carried over the holidays concerning Margaret Thatcher and her approach to Liverpool in the early ’80’s and B-BBC contributor Alan picks up on the detail;
“And aren’t we luckythat we are forced, under threat of imprisonment, to pay the salaries of thosewho lie to us so grievously? One man’s suggestion to the Conservative government in 1981 has been spun asanother example of a wicked Thatcherite policy imposed upon the downtroddenworkers by the BBC.
‘The trend for transforming other people’s struggles into self-serving moralityplays has led to an alarmingly casual attitude towards the distinction betweentruth and lies….and a preference for simplistic moralism over the tough taskof reporting.’
‘Thatcher told to abandon Liverpool’ says BBC…not ‘Thatcher spent hundreds ofmillions regenerating Liverpool’. Every BBC news broadcast stated that Lord Howe had urged Thatcher to abandonLiverpool to decline. There was no context, no explanation….if you listened to the BBC you wouldalmost certainly believe that this was in fact Tory policy that they actuallycarried out.You might not realise in fact that Lord Heseltine spent 18 months transformingthe situation and pumping millions of pounds into Liverpool.
In 1981 Sir Geoffrey Howe acknowledged the suggestion that the city could beleft to a “managed decline” was potentially explosive.“This is not a term for use, even privately,” he warned Mrs Thatcher. “It ismuch too negative.”
The BBC knows such a charge is highly provocative and socially dangerous andfeeds the stereotypical image of the Tories…..the BBC fully intend to stir upas much anti-Tory anger and hatred as possible to make them unelectable…andseem quite happy at the prospect of any possible riots….caused by Tory’neglect’. Lord Heseltine rightly says…”The judgement should be about did we do theright thing?”
But the BBC aren’t interested in that. Or the fact that Howe was merely suggesting that the limited amount of moneyavailable might be more wisely spent in other ares more deprived and morelikely to benefit….if all the money went to Liverpool surely other towns andcities must be at least partially ‘abandoned’ then?
In an interview on 5Live Steven Nolan was talking to a community worker fromLiverpool who stated Liverpool had been in decline not because of centralgovernment so much, but because of local politicians…Labour and Liberalones…that the Tories did a lot to help. Nolan instead of asking in what waythese politicians destroyed Liverpool’s economy ignored this and rapidly movedon….to claim that we saw riots on the streets of Liverpool this summer causedby social deprivation as in 1981…….feeding into the BBC belief that theriots were all about social injustice and greedy bankers….
He was rapidly put right…there were no riots by the people of Toxteth thissummer.
Such casual and intentionally selective ‘reporting’ is designed to infuriatethe people of Liverpool and confirm the idea of the Tories as the ‘Nasty Party’to everyone else.
The Labour and Liberal politicians thanked God for the BBC narrative and joinedin, quite happy to lie about this story for their own political benefit and ofcourse trying to make comparisons with today‘s situation….
Just two examples from many of the opportunistic bottom feeding politicians whoslither out to spread their odious lies and all given credibility by the BBC…..
Former Liverpool Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle commented to the Echo: “I think thepapers show an honest reflection of Tory thinking….I frankly do not thinkthey cared. ”
Labour MP Louise Ellman said ‘Lord Howe typifies a Tory attitude that is deeplyunpleasant.’
It is highly provocative and politically damaging nationally for the BBC tofeed these lies and give them any credibility at all. The BBC is supposedly thegold standard upon which the people can rely on for accurate and unbiasedreporting of events.
The attitude of the BBC types can be neatly summarised in this story about ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’….The true author of A Gay Girl in Damascus is Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American Middle East activist studying at Edinburgh University .
‘That serious journalists fell for MacMaster’s fiction speaks to a profound crisis of objectivity in the modern media, and a preference for simplistic moralism over the tough task of reporting.
The trend for transforming other people’s struggles into self-serving morality plays has led to an alarmingly casual attitude towards the distinction between truth and lies.
MacMaster justifies his fake blog by saying that he was ‘trying to enlighten people’. The Guardian says his blog might have been a hoax but it nonetheless ‘[drew] attention to a nation’s woes’ ‘
‘Okay, we might have toyed with the facts, but we got at some deeper truth.’
Wasn’t that Lenin’s justification for killing anyone opposed to Communist policies……the future is all that matters…sacrifices now will bring us a better future?
The end justifies the means.
What the public gets is a shallow, prejudiced and highly inaccurate view of the world …such distortion leads to a political system out of kilter and, as intended by the BBC, essentially a one party state as all opponents to the BBC world view are shouted down or denied a voice…and one party politics is not a state of affairs conducive to a free and liberal culture…ironically.
We all remember Paxman in 2007 saying …”you rely upon second-hand information-quotes from powerful vested interests, assessments from organisations which do the work we don’t have time for, even, god help us, press releases from public relations agencies. The consequence is that what follows isn’t analysis. It’s simply comment, because analysis takes time, and comment is free.”
but not free of consequences….consequences that lead to an entirely new world, one that is inherently dangerous and without safeguards developed over centuries to ensure our freedoms, safety and fair government.
All that is at risk because of distorted, misleading reporting flooding out from the world’s most trusted source of information…the BBC