John Humphrys was interviewing Andrew Simms from the New Economic Foundation on Today…no indication at all as to the political ‘leanings’ of this mob despite the fact that they are a radical, extremist group espousing Marxist economics using the language and symbolism of the Green movement as a ‘Trojan Horse‘.
The NEF is a regular on the BBC:
‘We have just 100 months to act to prevent dangerous climate change, says Andrew Simms. In this week’s Green Room, he outlines plans for a “Green New Deal” that could sort out the pressing problems we have with climate, energy and the financial system.
The answers are going to be economic, political and behavioural. Many countries, not just the UK, are going to need to learn the art of rapid transition. ‘
But rest assured, Simms only wants to help…..
‘The outcomes of our plan, though, are not to be feared.‘
The NEF has long advocated a 21 hour week…..and all that paid for by a ‘redistribution of wealth and income’ and more state benefits.
In the Today interview Simms has moderated his demands….as no one would take him seriously before…to just a 4 day week, which he tells us they all work in the Netherlands….except he forgets to mention it is 4 days of 10 hours….in other words the standard 40 hour week.
What sort of lifestyle does Simms expect you to lead on the pay generated by a shorter week?….
‘It’s not only well-paid professionals who can afford to work less. Kathleen Cassidy is a 26-year-old community organiser on a low income who chose to work a 25-hour week. “I didn’t have huge outgoings,” she says. “Rent, food, not much on travel. I’ve never been much of a spendthrift, never really spent on holidays, cars or things like that. It simplifies life, having less money.”’
Sounds more like ‘existence’ than a life.
As said earlier the BBC has had a long relationship with the Marxist NEF….it was one of the groups that attended the infamous CMEP climate seminar in 2006 in which BBC programme makers were persuaded to turn their programmes over to the ‘Cause’ and place climate change references within those programmes in order to try and alter the Public’s perceptions and actions with subliminal messaging.
The NEF, in association with Dr Joe Smith, organiser of that seminar, and the BBC itself also ran the ‘Interdependence Day Project’:
‘Both globalization and global environmental change invite us to extend greatly our notion of who counts in politics. We have arrived at a time that demands change on a similar scale. The carefully marked out boundaries of political community organized around the human members of nation states have begun to break down….in doing so we are forced to revise our notion of who and what needs to be heard in political discourse…..none of us can afford to be too shy in asserting that another world is possible.’
As you can tell the theme of the CMEP seminar is continued here…limiting which ‘voices’ should be heard and campaigning to change the world.
Is that the BBC’s role? Is it a campaign organisation?
Joe Smith seems to think it is and that he has influenced which direction it takes:
‘For over a decade I have designed and facilitated strategic level seminars aimed at improving coverage of complex environment and development issues, working with the BBC and other partners. This work has been shaped by insights from contemporary social science, and is integral to a programme of action research resulting in academic and policy publications. In the tradition of action research my findings are feeding directly back into decision-making within media and related organisations. The seminars have been publicly credited with catalysing fresh thinking in BBC outputs across platforms and with leading directly to specific and major innovations in programming’
Roger Harrabin showing the incestuously close ties he has with all this bangs the drum:
‘The Interdependence Day project has published the book Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth. A book that the Times called an ace new book and one to perk you up, BBC Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin described as “one of the finest essays I have seen on the predicament we are in”……
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? is edited by Andrew Simms of nef and Joe Smith of The Open University.’
Here we see the BBC in action in 2007 after deciding ‘the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus’:
‘Geographer, Joe Smith and Earth scientist, Bob Spicer from the Open University join Quentin to discuss their concept of Interdependence – how our lives and lifestyles are linked to climate change and their ideas on developing workable ways to curb consumption and emissions around the world.’
Quite extraordinary the interconnectedness between the BBC and these campaign groups….Dr Joe Smith is a hard core pro AGW advocate…he is not a ‘disinterested’ scientist…and the NEF is a hardcore left wing group advocating social and economic revolution….in the Stalinist mode but dressed up as concern for the environment.
The close involvement of the BBC with these groups and persons should be raising a few eyebrows…..to have a slight lean to the left in your journalism is one thing, to not only march to the same drum beat but to be beating the drum quite so vigorously is something else altogether.
I think it is something called bias.