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>GUEST POST: Steve Morson on BBC Bias & TV Licence Tax

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 08/06/2014

>GUEST POST: Steve Morson on BBC Bias & TV Licence Tax

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins – Greg_L-W.

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>GUEST POST:

Steve Morson writes in complaint to Sir Micheal Lyons Chairman of The BBC Trust in some detail concerning BBC Bias & TV Licence Tax

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Hi,

minded that Steve Morson was a UKip prospective parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove

MORSON, Steve 01

where the disgraced Julie Kirkbride was MP (well one of the homes she claimed expenses for!) this complaint written to Sir Michael Lyons in his capacity as Chairman of The BBC Trust, covers many of our feelings regarding the debased, befouled and biased BBC!

I strongly advise those of you with an interest in the future well being of these United kingdoms regardless of whether or not you support UKip or not to read this to the end! It is as apposite today as it was when written in 2009 – little changes in the BBC as it seems they are far too comfortable, with a tax funded monopoly to provide an honest and honourable service – it is widely noticed that they have massively dumbed down and pander to the gutter viewers, both in terms of language, content and style.

It would seem that the BBC is willing to hugely overpay their executives and offer an ever poorer quality backed by a number of safe backsides on their executive chairs to peddle neat propaganda and foul language as they have no need to compete being tax payert funded with a compulsory and hypothocated tax income unknown in any other area!

Sir Michael Lyons
Chairman
BBC Trust
Broadcasting House
London
W1A 1AA

29th August 2009

Dear Sir Michael,

With immediate effect, I am withholding my television licence fee, and as I intend to encourage many more people to do the same, I think it is rather important that you know why.

I realise that a single licence fee of £142.50 is a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared to the £3.36 billion annual income from this state-enforced licence tax, and a fraction of a percentage point of the obscene £141 million in loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB), but I feel that it will become a story in it’s own right. I have joined the Facebook group “10 Million for No TV Licence”, which at the time of writing, has 537,400 members.

I doubt that you will be surprised to learn that I am a member and prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP). I intend to campaign within my party to introduce the proposition that our party adopts the abolition of the TV licence tax as policy in its Culture, Media and Sport portfolio.

My letters of complaint through the BBC’s normal channels, plus those of my friends and colleagues, have become an object lesson in futility, which is why several of us have taken this step. In many cases, the responses of the BBC are shared amongst the wider membership – more for ridicule than illumination – and are held as examples of anfractuous reasoning and needless digressions. Please note that I do not expect a point-by-point refutation of this letter, as some or all of the points will already have been inadequately answered by your Complaints Department. The request I am making is for a fundamental shift in the practice of political broadcasting, including conformity with legislation, guidelines and commissioned reports, and the basic concept of fairness.

My grievances

In my opinion, the BBC has, throughout both election periods stipulated below:

1)

Broken its covenant to “educate, inform and entertain” its audience. Virtually all of the output of all television channels has been aptly described by Peter Hitchens as “mental slurry”, and the BBC is as guilty as anyone of producing it

2)

Failed to provide adequate coverage or at least reflect the political views of people and interested parties in anything other than the three main political parties, i.e. Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat

3)

Treated the United Kingdom Independence Party as a single-issue, extremist party and never once asked them to explain or discuss their range of policies that have been in place for more than a year in the context of a serious discussion (I exclude the bromidic BBC 1 “Question Time” programme)

4)

Failed to take the concerns of many UKIP supporters over the accusations of unfair coverage in these election periods seriously

5)

Failed to follow its own “Editorial Guidelines (Politics and Public Policy) – Broadcasting during elections”, viz: “…news judgements at election time are made within a framework of democratic debate [your bold emphasis] which ensures that due weight is given to hearing the views and examining and challenging the policies of all parties. Significant minor parties should also receive some network coverage during the campaign.”

6)

By dint of points 2), 3) and 5), potentially and possibly interfered with, or at least attempted to affect, the outcome of two elections in contravention of its charter and UK laws

7)

Wilfully failed to observe Bridcut Principles 1 to 5 (listed in Appendix A), failed to provide Principle 8, and seemingly couldn’t care about 11 or 12.

8)

Underestimated the public need for radical change at the very heart of our political institutions, especially the House of Commons, by stifling all but mainstream opinion, and failed to reflect this view in a cross-party consensus

9)

Committed a breach of section 5.5. (and possibly others) of The Ofcom Broadcasting Code (Oct. 2008), viz:

“Due impartiality on matters of political or industrial controversy and matters relating to current public policy must be preserved on the part of any person providing a service (listed above). This may be achieved within a programme or over a series of programmes taken as a whole.”

10)

Continued it’s trashing of the image and reputation of our Royal family and its place in the affections of many British people and our state’s constitution, by persistent and unchallenged trivialisation, negative reporting and imagery, and denigration through BBC radio and TV “comedy” output. As a case in point, a ‘brand new comedy series’ on BBC Radio 4 on 21st August at 6:30 pm aimed at mocking the weeks headlines started in the first episode with a non-story from the Times turned into a ‘joke’ at the expense of Prince Edward, within two minutes of starting.

The straw that ‘broke the camels back’ for me was the by-election in Norwich North on 23rd July. I drove to Norwich to volunteer in Glenn Tingle’s campaign, and saw first hand the disgraceful media bias our candidate had to tolerate. This was only part of a profound and unsubtle anti-UKIP broadcasting policy by television and radio programming to deny a voice to a legitimate and respectable party – the fourth largest in UK politics, and second largest in European politics. The BBC actively promoted the Green Party as an alternative to the two main parties, without even mentioning UKIP on several occasions in its reportage.

4th June elections

In the approaching weeks to the June 4th County Council and European Parliament elections, I noticed the following transgressions:-

1.

Watching repeats of “Have I Got News For You” reminded me how, whenever UKIP is mentioned, it is merely for cheap ridicule and unfailingly we are represented by Robert Kilroy-Silk. The fact that he left the party in January 2005 doesn’t seem to trouble the programme makers or the BBC commissioning / editorial staff.

2.

On 8th May this year on Radio 4’s Today programme, after listening, I felt compelled to e-mail this complaint:-

This morning, Nigel Farage MEP was interviewed by James Naughtie. Throughout the interview, he constantly shuffled papers, and on my stereo, it sounded so close to the microphone that it almost drowned Mr. Farage out.

This is not the first time; far from it. He seems to make a habit of doing this when his vocal intonation betrays the fact that he feels dislike / derision for the subject of his interview.

Please ask him to desist.

The reply (typical of its kind) included this utter irrelevance:

James is an extremely experienced and well respected presenter…

A view not shared by me or the blogosphere apparently.

3.

In the 10:00 pm news on BBC 1 on or around 11th May, Nick Robinson –the BBC’s so-called Political Editor, was delivering a live piece to Huw Edwards in the studio from Westminster, about the MPs expenses scandal and its possible effects on the coming 4th June poll. He included this:-

…and when people are asked about how they might vote in the European elections, Labour is neck-and-neck at 19% with the U.K. Independence Party. A huge surge of support for them, that despite the fact that one of the MEPs they elected last time is currently in prison for being on benefit fraud [sic]. He was, I ought to say, expelled from the party.

This was clearly a reference to Ashley Mote, MEP. As many UKIP officials were tired of explaining even by then, Mote withheld vital information (a pending civil court case for housing benefit fraud) from the Party when he applied to us for candidature. This would have precluded him standing for any office in the party, much less a parliamentary seat. Ashley Mote was released from jail in November 2007 from his subsequent conviction, eighteen months before Mr. Robinson’s report. Nick Robinson was either wilfully and artfully propagandist, or woefully incompetent and outdated with his ‘facts’. In either case, is he a suitable journalist to hold the BBC’s most senior political reporting post, or was he merely ensuring that facts didn’t get in the way of a “good story”? Or obeying orders?

4.

In BBC1’s Question Time in May, a woman asked if the MP expenses scandal would give a boost to “….extremist parties like the BNP?” David Dimbleby asked her “By extremist, do you also mean UKIP?” Why? By whose criteria (apart from Dimbleby’s) is UKIP considered “extremist”?

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On 21st May edition of the same programme (from Salisbury), the normal complement of five ‘talking heads’ was bizarrely increased by the presence of Yasmin Alibi-Brown, the BBC’s favourite and ubiquitous rent-a-Leftie (and habitual interrupter), ensuring that Marta Andreasen’s contribution – as UKIP Treasurer – was kept to an absolute minimum.

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In Michael Ball’s Radio 2 programme on a Sunday morning before 4th June, Peter Riddell of The Times was the guest reviewer of the Sunday newspapers. I have admired Peter’s insights, analysis and writing for many years until, when discussing MPs expenses and the 4th June, he stated that ‘this will give a boost to “….extremist parties like the BNP and UKIP”…’

7.

On 3rd June, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage was interviewed by Emily Maitlis for BBC 2 Newsnight. It was shameful; hostile questioning is expected, but constant interruptions are not.

8.

On polling day – 4th June – there was virtually no coverage of the story behind multiple cases of an attempt at electoral fraud by councils up and down the country who issued ballot papers folded to obscure the UKIP box at the bottom of the paper. Nigel Farage threatened to demand a rerun of the European elections and demanded the resignation of Elections Minister Michael Wills because of fears that our party had lost votes as its name fell below the crease – machine formed in many cases – of the folded ballot paper. The Electoral Commission had to issue urgent advice to polling stations and returning officers to hand out unfolded ballot papers to voters. I heard nothing in the BBC news of this. The BNP claim that they picked up many votes this way that would otherwise have gone to us.

Post election

After 4th June elections, I noticed the following:

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In the BBC 1 Question Time programme on 11th June, UKIP was not mentioned once; not by the panel or the audience. For a programme that seeks to explore and discuss the week’s politics and current events, this is far more than extraordinary or coincidental. Presumably, this programme is recorded and then edited for broadcast, so only one of two scenarios is possible in this case; either a) no-one in that studio mentioned UKIP even once, or b) it was mentioned and then edited out. In the case of (a), this would be remarkable, as not only did UKIP poll second place in the European parliament elections, but were the only political party to increase their vote share on 2004 results. Surely someone would have raised this point? In addition, UKIP won several County Council seats, Labour no longer controlled a single county council in England and the Liberal Democrats reduced to one. Labour lost three quarters of their councillors in England and resulted with less than the Lib Dems. How could UKIP not have been mentioned?

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However, if point 1) seems odd, what is absolutely peculiar is that Question Time was followed – as usual – by “This Week”, but we fared no better. If there was a place for discussion and deep political analysis, it was here (I was a regular viewer). The only time UKIP was mentioned was by Diane Abbott MP, but it was dismissive and in passing. That Andrew Neil did not mention UKIP is just unfathomable!

3.

In the early hours of Monday 8th June as European ballot results were declared, Mike Nattrass MEP stated in his speech that he asked the BBC for a debate on the Lisbon Treaty with the Conservatives and other party representatives. Why was this cut from the edited highlights of his speech in the news?

4.

Nikki Sinclaire, who was elected as an MEP for the West Midlands, was invited on to BBC1’s The Politics Show of 14th June for the West Midlands and an interview by Sarah Falkland. Before this, on the national segment, Ken Clarke, Conservative MP was interviewed live about public spending, debt, the NHS and Royal Mail. Ms. Sinclaire was prevented from seeing any monitors in her time in the studio, so it is perhaps just as well that she wasn’t questioned on his responses to Jon Sopel’s questions.

5.

In an appallingly biased West Midlands segment on this programme, Susana Mendonça preceded an interview with “one of our regular commentators” – Prof. Mick Temple of Stafford University – with the fact that in the West Midlands, UKIP’s increase in vote share was the highest in the country. He said:

“I think UKIP have been very [his emphasis] lucky. Their performance has not been brilliant, they are themselves plagued by expenses scandals, and yet they picked up and extra seat in the West Midlands which quite frankly I don’t think they deserved! I think those Conservative voters who voted UKIP are going to come back to the Conservatives in a general election, but this is not a clear indication that the Conservatives will win the next general election; on the votes cast in the European and local elections, they’ll be lucky to scrape a working majority. That’s not good enough a year before an election.”

It is a political tenet of our age that many habitual voters of the three main parties vote UKIP in a European election because they trust us – almost more – than anyone else. This was mentioned to me, unprompted, by Conservatives at the county and European vote counts, even by Ms. Julie Kirkbride – my MP. It seems to be a revelation to Prof. Temple, who seems to be a professor of food science judging by these sour grapes and rotten tomatoes!

‘Deserved’? Why was no-one invited to offer a response to counter this ignorant nonsense, especially as Nikki Sinclaire MEP was sitting in the studio? If Mr. Temple had been on the campaign trail with UKIP activists in the region, he would have seen first-hand the enormous amount of hard work and personal investment made by ordinary people committed to bringing decent, honest change to British and European politics. It was rewarded in the vote share.

“A working majority”? Since the end of last year, polls have put the Conservatives at a minimum of 9%, and mostly this year in the 13 – 19% range, ahead of Labour. This by any measure would ensure a very healthy majority for the governing party.

Moreover, to which “expenses scandals” was he referring? Ashley Mote, as explained, was effectively nothing to do with UKIP, and Tom Wise is awaiting trial on such charges. Unless, like everyone else at the BBC and everyone they interview, he is presciently convinced of Mr. Wise’ guilt. Perhaps I’m alone in thinking it strange that I have never once heard mention on the BBC that the Conservative’s Chief Whip in the European parliament, Den Dover, was required to pay back £445,000 in “unaccountable expenditure”.

This same segment then went on to interview Michael Cashman, now the lone Labour MEP in the West Midlands. He said:

“UKIP as I said earlier, it’s a protest vote. They stand for one thing – pulling out. They were given an easy ride….the denunciation of all of the mainstream parties lifted UKIP and sadly, in other regions, gave oxygen and breath and support to the British National Party.”

More bilge. As I have pointed out in previous correspondence with your Complaints Department and on many weblog pages, if you starve UKIP of the oxygen of publicity, you may end up with some curious and undesirable election results. We were positively asphyxiated by the BBC, and lo and behold, Nick Griffin – BNP Leader – won an MEP seat in the North West.

(Every member of UKIP I have met detests the BNP as much as I, a fact of which I am immensely proud.) If UKIP had polled 17,000 more votes in that region, we would have taken that seat. I have heard people espouse the theory that effectively, the BBC actively campaigned for this BNP victory. Whatever anyone thinks of UKIP – propagandising and prejudices aside, we are nothing like the BNP; I speak as a three-year member. I also never tire of pointing out that in the 1980’s, the voices of Sinn Fein’s political leaders were dubbed by actors to – in theory – deny the IRA the ‘oxygen of publicity’. But at least their words got out.

Just as I thought this programme had cornered the market in ill-thought out nonsense and anti-UKIP propaganda with the previous two contributions, Susana Mendonça introduces an interview with Liz Lynne, Liberal Democrat MEP with this line:

“ …the fourth placed Liberal Democrats, who keep their one MEP in the region, warn that UKIP’s success is bad news for the Midlands.”

Liz Lynne MEP said:

“If you don’t get MEPs going in there to work, then they can’t stand up for their constituents so I hope they will change their mind. I hope they will engage with the whole process to make sure we have more jobs coming into this region, more funding coming into this region. That is what the job of an MEP is.

I don’t think Mike Nattrass MEP needs to be reminded of that, as he is the only person – anywhere – to tell us that in October last year, the EU parliament approved a €97 million subsidy for bullfighting (after we banned foxhunting), and a €305 million subsidy for growing some of the most carcinogenic tobacco known to man (after we banned smoking in public places). He also tells us of lost contracts due to EU Legislation (e.g. for British trucks that went to Austria instead of LDV in his constituency – sealing their fate) and exorbitant conformity on-costs, the chicanery of the EU Budget, the obscenity of the Common Agricultural Policy, a collapsing parliament roof (Strasbourg – which could have killed 300 people if the EU parliament was sitting), and police assaults on legitimate protestors. He also warned us that the British and French were attempting to set up an EU Navy – to the alarm of British admirals. UKIP’s MEPs carry out sterling work, making sure that the unsustainable lunacy of the European Project is exposed, while MEPs of other parties slavishly toe the line and spuriously defend our membership.

How exactly was Liz Lynne describing “bad news” for ‘the Midlands’? East and West? Why does she think that they will do no work? Judging by results, Mike Nattrass works far harder at being an MEP than the others from whom I‘ve heard nothing. Whatsoever. (By the way, in a recent survey of the most effective MEPs in the European Parliament conducted by the Taxpayers Alliance, a UKIP MEP was rated 7th of 783 in a league table of effectiveness, with seven Labour MEPs – including Michael Cashman – in the bottom ten. And yet here he was berating UKIP.

Later in the national segment, Ken Clarke was again interviewed, this time on the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Again, this was unchallenged, even though Mr. Clarke is a passionate Europhile who is utterly opposed to any referendum by any government on any issue. This despite a poll on ConservativeHome weblog showing that 84% of Conservative party members want a British referendum on the Lisbon Treaty even if it is ratified by all member states.

In all, an utterly disgraceful programme.

Norwich North

In the campaign up to the Norwich North by-election of 23rd July, I noticed the following:

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Throughout BBC news coverage on TV and radio, several activists including myself, who had arrived from various parts of the country to help Glenn Tingle’s campaign, noticed that the only party mentioned other than the three main parties was the Green Party.

2)

On BBC 2 Newsnight on Wednesday 15th July in a segment centred in Norwich, interviews were conducted with the three main party candidates. This was followed by an interview with someone from Pitman Training in Norwich. Then, UKIP candidate Glenn Tingle was

given a few seconds, but in a resulting montage graphic of four squares, what was shown? Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat candidates… and a classroom at Pitman Training! We assumed they also had a candidate in the election!

3)

In the same programme, a BBC News East reporter went to a home for elderly people in Norwich, and interviewed four ladies. When he asked them who they would vote for, they said “Not the Conservatives or Labour!” (A moment’s silence). “The Greens?” asked the reporter! “Yes, the Greens. We think!” came the reply.

4)

Whose decision was it to exclude Glenn Tingle, UKIP candidate, from a televised hustings programme only days before the election?

5)

On the evening before my departure, I was told of the existence of a memorandum that was sent from senior BBC management in London to news chiefs at BBC East HQ in Norwich, to the effect that ‘the Green party were to be treated as the fourth party in the by-election coverage, and that UKIP was to be treated the same as the BNP’. Does (or did) such a memo exist, if so who originated this policy, who wrote it, to whom was it sent, who oversaw its compliance, and what do you intend to do about this gross breach of the BBC Charter? The bias we had seen in preceding days certainly seems to confirm its existence.

6)

In an web article entitled “Five key lessons from Norwich North” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8167588.stm), BBC Chief Political Correspondent James Landale writes:

“Third, the anti-politics, anti-politician, expenses-fuelled vote did not coalesce around any particular party or candidate. The Greens, UKIP and the former diplomat Craig Murray picked up some expenses-driven protest votes but not enough to matter.”

Really? At 4,068 votes, this was UKIP’s strongest ever showing in a parliamentary election (which barely did credit to an excellent candidate), but less than 800 votes behind the Liberal Democrats. With fair media coverage, who knows what could have been achieved? The BBC’s much-touted and fancied Green Party came fifth. James Landale appears to reflect – accurately – the BBC view of the British political spectrum.

Bias

For the purpose of brevity, I’ve avoided traversing the minefield that is BBC radio “comedy”. It is an odd experience to hear an audience laughing when nothing funny had been said, but I am getting used to Marcus Brigstocke (and the 6:30pm Radio 4 slot) by now. I doubt I’ll ever get used to Sue Perkins who recently said: “UKIP. Tossers!” bizarrely out of context in a programme as unmemorable as it was un-entertaining.

In an article written for the Daily Telegraph on 24th July entitled “Anti-UKIP and pro-Green: the BBC at its most blatantly biased”, Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MEP wrote:

Throughout the campaign, it ran programmes with Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Green spokesmen…. But there was no basis to the claim that they were the fourth party, either nationally or locally. The last test of electoral feeling was June’s European election. The United Kingdom Independence Party won 13 seats and came second; the Greens won two seats and came fifth. In local elections on the same day, UKIP beat the Greens in most Norwich North wards.

He continued:

Newsnight, Look East and Radio 4 all chose to disregard UKIP and treat the Greens as the main story. Three days before the poll, the BBC’s Eastern region TV held a hustings meeting for four candidates: Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Green.

What was the result in the event? UKIP won 11.8 per cent of the vote ‐ comfortably ahead of the Greens and remarkably close to the LibDems (or “worryingly close” as I just heard a Radio 5 Live presenter put it).

One of the responses to Mr. Hannan’s blog (by ‘Patrick’) was this: On the Saturday before the Euro elections, Today ran a five minute attack on UKIP written by Mark Mardell, the BBC Europe editor. It was a total hatchet job with Mardell first telling us what the other parties in Brussels thought of UKIP (they did not like it) and then giving us his own opinion ‐ that UKIP were profoundly unserious golf club militants who had not been made prefects when they were at school.

I am not really a UKIP supporter, since I am rather to their left (although I did vote for them in protest after hearing that), but I made a formal complaint which was just brushed off.

The BBC’s Europe Editor should not tell us his negative opinions of any party in the days before an election ‐ so I am very pleased that Daniel Hannan as a conservative is making this post. A complaint from him to the BBC Trust, about the treatment of a party which he opposes, would carry a lot of weight. The BBC can just ignore the ordinary licence payer.

Like many people in UKIP, I constantly wonder if the soft loans from the EIB have had an effect on output. Although the BBC refuted the suggestion that there would be any effect on the editorial process at the time, one of the conditions of EIB loans is that the aims of the E.U. are promoted and furthered. I, for one, am bewildered as to why an organisation such as the BBC that raises £3.36 billion annually, with almost guaranteed supra-inflationary increases by state-mandated taxation, needs to borrow £141 million from such a source that places its editorial integrity under question. Looking at the quality of BBC output, I am mystified as to where it is spent.

Or is the BBC simply taking orders from 10, Downing Street? To expose the European Union for the fraudulent, inept, overweening, corrupt and devious mess that we think it is might set the British people to question why we are a member of such an organisation, its second largest funder, and cause people to actually question what has been done in their name and with their money but without their electoral mandate.

Conclusion

I turn to the Bridcut Report, “From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel”. It contains Twelve Guiding Principles to ensure impartiality, which I have reproduced in Appendix A. The BBC Trust webpage states the following:

The report is the result of a project first commissioned by the BBC Board of Governors in conjunction with BBC management in November 2005 to identify the challenges and risks to impartiality. The report has been fully endorsed by the BBC Trust, the BBC Executive Board and the BBC Journalism Board.

Endorsed it may have been, although this carries little significant meaning. It is a great shame that it was not ‘embraced’, or even adopted.

As much to blame for this situation are spineless and devious politicians. BBC funding appears to be a ‘third rail’ in British politics – ‘touch it and you die’, but this should not prevent the issue from being addressed. An iniquitous system such as the licence tax cannot be maintained, and this has been stated by commissioned reports, astute and intelligent individuals, and even James Murdoch at the recent McTaggart Lecture in the Edinburgh Television Festival.

Now that I have fully realised that I cannot trust BBC output on news and political coverage, I am reduced to watching one hour of television per week. It is a BBC programme – Dragon’s Den – a fascinating programme which is available on BBC iPlayer, obviating the need for a television. My views, in common with millions of people in this country, are not represented, so why should I pay the BBC licence tax? A programme that I always thought I would like to see made would be a ‘PPC’s only’ version of BBC1’s Question Time for the four main parties, with each party HQ providing a parliamentary candidate of their choice, just before the general election. Given the way the BBC currently reports politics, with its policy of deliberate exclusion of UKIP I do not see this happening.

I intend to use every technological means to achieve the objective I have stated. I will change my mind and resume payment when I detect a sea-change in attitudes towards political coverage on the BBC and it becomes fair and balanced in proportion to a range of electoral results and more representative of reasoned public opinion. In the meantime, I believe a full, independent public enquiry should be launched into the BBC coverage on TV and radio of both election periods, to investigate my charge in point 5) in Grievance above; hence the distribution list below.

I personally believe that British politics is changing profoundly. The effects of the internet, blogging, scandals, and a detachment of the political and media classes from the mood and opinions of the public are coming to a head. Between the general elections of 2001 and 2005, the Labour Party lost 64% of its membership. The number of new members joining UKIP increased our total membership by13% ….between April and July this year.

Yours sincerely,

Steven W. Morson

Prospective parliamentary candidate

UKIP – Bromsgrove.

Appendix A

The Twelve Guiding Principles of the Bridcut report.

1. Impartiality is and should remain the hallmark of the BBC as the leading provider of information and entertainment in the United Kingdom, and as a pre-eminent broadcaster internationally. It is a legal requirement, but it should also be a source of pride.

2. Impartiality is an essential part of the BBC’s contract with its audience, which owns and funds the BBC. Because of that, the audience itself will often be a factor in determining impartiality.

3. Impartiality must continue to be applied to matters of party political or industrial controversy. But in today’s more diverse political, social and cultural landscape, it requires a wider and deeper application.

4. Impartiality involves breadth of view, and can be breached by omission. It is not necessarily to be found on the centre ground.

5. Impartiality is no excuse for insipid programming. It allows room for fair-minded, evidence-based judgments by senior journalists and documentary makers, and for controversial, passionate and polemical arguments by contributors and writers.

6. Impartiality applies across all BBC platforms and all types of programme. No genre is exempt. But the way it is applied and assessed will vary in different genres.

7. Impartiality is most obviously at risk in areas of sharp public controversy. But there is a less visible risk, demanding particular vigilance, when programmes purport to reflect a consensus for “the common good”, or become involved with campaigns.

8. Impartiality is often not easy. There is no template of wisdom which will eliminate fierce internal debate over difficult dilemmas. But the BBC’s journalistic expertise is an invaluable resource for all departments to draw on.

9. Impartiality can often be affected by the stance and experience of programme makers, who need constantly to examine and challenge their own assumptions.

10. Impartiality requires the BBC to examine its own institutional values, and to assess the effect they have on its audiences.

11. Impartiality is a process, about which the BBC should be honest and transparent with its audience: this should permit greater boldness in its programming decisions. But impartiality can never be fully achieved to everyone’s satisfaction: the BBC should not be defensive about this but ready to acknowledge and correct significant breaches as and when they occur.

12. Impartiality is required of everyone involved in output. It applies as much to the most junior researcher as it does to the director general. But editors and executive producers must give a strong lead to their teams. They must ensure that the impartiality process begins at the conception of a programme and lasts throughout production: if left until the approval stage, it is usually too late.

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Regards,

Greg_L-W.

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#G0661* – The EU can ONLY be described as disasterous

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 13/07/2012

#G0661* – The EU can ONLY be described as disasterous.
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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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the truth will out and EU Trade commissioner in arrogance, hubris and contempt tells us all what OUR politicians have tried to pretend they didn’t know!

EU Trade Commissioner: ‘No Plan B for Greece’

The European Union is in the middle of a full-fledged crisis, facing the very real prospect of the failure of its most ambitious project – the euro common currency.
Some 17 of the 27 member states are inside the Eurozone, but there is a very real question about whether Greece, crippled by sovereign debt, will be forced out.
EU Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht tells Stephen Sackur there is no plan B for Greece.

But the truly shocking revelation comes with his statement, confirming what Enoch Powell so clearly addressed in his speech to Parliament CLICK HERE and to quote OUR dictator committee member the EU Commissioner for trade Karel de Gucht that is:

Maybe you don’t, your population don’t completely understand this but this, the European monetary union, it’s not only about monetary affairs, economic affairs. It’s a political project, you know. It would mean the end of the European Union. It would be the end of the political project of our era. There’s no alternative to that so we’ll sort it out, whatever it takes.
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Watch this shocking interview which shows the ill mannered contempt the EU’s unelected, self styled, self serving elite really have for those they exploit for their own ends!

The tragic point is there is absolutely no serious organisation representing the very clear revulsion an ever increasing thinking and responsible grouping in these United Kingdoms think of the malign influence and role of The EU and their wish to Leave-The-EU with UKIP increasingly missing the entire point and playing directly into the hands of those who are all too willing to betray these United Kingdoms for their own gain.

UKIP is steadily moving to take up the extremist racist, right wing anti homosexual, anti Jewish position of the now largely defunct BNP – Not so much The BNP in blazers as the new Pan EU British National Group!

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#G0660* – UKIP’s Nigel Farage has an article in The Sun

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 10/07/2012

#G0660* – UKIP’s Nigel Farage has an article in The Sun..

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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Hi,

UKIP has a good article in The Sun today over the by-line of Nigel Farage.
It is such a pity that with some sound comment coming from UKIP and being published, at last – it is so damaged as a result of UKIP association with racism, anti judaism, anti homosexuality, extremism, bullying and the dishonest & corrupt use of a small army of low lifes and sock puppets willing to lie and defame from their cowardly stance.

Without responsible behaviour UKIP does more harm than good to the wish of the majority of the British peoples to Leave-The-EU – without some gravitas and a clear exit & survival strategy UKIP can talk and publish all it likes but it will continue to bump along the bottom of British politics with an average vote when it can find a candidate of around 5-7% which is inadequate to be of any real significance in the struggle for Independence.

The constant reports of defamatory lies, corruption, back stabbing & lack of vision & political nouse guarantees UKIP’s long term irrelevance.

That said here is their latest little flurry of activity:

We won’t get fooled again, PM

By NIGEL FARAGE
UK Independence Party leader

Nigel Farage

Poll call … Nigel Farage
Published: 16 minutes ago

THE public is running out of patience with David Cameron over his dawdling on Europe – and UK Independence Party chief Nigel Farage is backing The Sun’s call for a referendum.

A Sun on Sunday survey found 67 per cent want a vote on whether the UK stays in the European Union.
Here, UKIP leader Mr Farage explains why that referendum cannot come soon enough.

BACK in 1971, a couple of years before we joined the Common Market (as the EU was called then), The Who wrote that great song Won’t Get Fooled Again.

But in the past 40 years we’ve been fooled time and time again.

We were told our membership of Europe was about trade and opening up markets to British goods.

Instead we got political interference, endless rules and regulations, our fish stocks plundered, and foreign criminals claiming the “right to a family life” in Britain.
Sound like a free trade agreement to you? No, me neither.

EU flag and handcuffs

Locked in … UK vote on EU is vital, says Nigel Farage

Now David Cameron is trying to do it again. His “cast-iron guarantee” on an EU referendum, made in the pages of The Sun, soon rusted. His next con trick will be telling you he needs a chance to renegotiate with Europe and make a deal. 

This newspaper is right to look at the possibility of recalibrating our relationship with Brussels but I am sceptical as to whether we would ever get the best deal for Britain.
Any agreement needs to get the go-ahead from all the other countries in the EU.

It would be like trying to have an amicable divorce with 26 ex-partners who all blame you for their problems — partners who cost you £50million a day, by the way.

They are not going to send us home with a box of Belgian chocolates and a bottle of French red.

At the very best, Mr Cameron will arrive back from Brussels, cheeks flushed with victory, telling us we’re just in the “single market” now and that means trade — nothing more, nothing less.

The single market cripples British businesses.

The single market is responsible for all those health and safety regulations and environmental directives that this newspaper has campaigned against for years.

More than that, if we remain a part of it, we still won’t be able to strike trade deals with the rest of the world. While China, Brazil, India and the rest of the Commonwealth flourish, we will be handcuffed to the EU, with their sky-high unemployment rates, doomed single currency and economies set to stagnate for the next ten to 20 years.

Every year, the EU sells us £52billion more in goods than we buy from them.

We have more of a taste for German cars than they do for Scotch whisky, and it is nonsense to suggest they‘d refuse to sell us another Merc if we left the EU.

Renegotiation is an option but not a solution.

EU have to fight now, PM

EU and cry … our report 

The British people deserve a true choice in a straight in/out referendum.Mr Cameron does not want you to have that poll, in case you don’t give him the answer he wants — which is to stay in the EU. But only after a NO vote could we get that free-trade deal. You know, the one we thought we’d originally signed up to.

Sixty-two per cent of Sun readers do not trust the PM. This gives me hope.

Do me a favour, David, and have a listen to that song by The Who, on iTunes, and don’t get fooled again.

To view the original article CLICK HERE

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#G0594* – The GUARDIAN ICM Poll has clearly been influenced

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 04/08/2011

#G0594* – The GUARDIAN ICM Poll has clearly been influenced

New Guardian ICM Poll:
Tories ahead, Labour down 3%, LDs up 4%

Hi,

The GUARDIAN ICM Poll has clearly been influenced by the largely irrelevant storm in a tea cup over phone hacking:
It all looks all to much as if the Police corruption was, as with the police murders very much a product of Labour style of governance.

It is hard to hold the media accountable for paying police for information when it was the job of the police to ensure such bribery did not happen.

As for the phone hacking in what way was that so serious with regard to the media itself?

ANYONE who is fool enough or so insignificant that mobile phones are used who is then dumb enough to leave messages must surely be seen as fair game.

This equates to someone undressing in front of a groundfloor window and then complaining people looked in!

Everyone of ANY intelligence must surely have been aware that mobile phones are not a secure communication method.

I do appreciate a big deal was made of it as distraction therapy from the incredible mess made of the economy by Labour and the failure of the Tories to bring in the cuts essential to manage the reduction of Labour’s debt and reduce government employment by 50% also dispensing with every single QUANGO.

I appreciate that much of the attack on the media is based on anger of the MPs for having been exposed as being on the fiddle and the dishonesty of The Telegraph particularly for having fundamentally lied about secondary allowances based upon a stolen disk of information when Heather Brooke had an FoI in place and was negotiating to produce a responsible story unlike the rancid misrepresentation by the Telegraph which became the style to follow.

It is easy to play to the ignorance of the Left Wing and make villains out of successful men and women and blame Left Wing failures on America because it tends to be more successful being bigger and more incentivised than the left wing would wish.

The polls indicate very little at this stage when you consider because of the misrepresentation of secondary allowances in knee jerk reaction by ‘tribal’ voter a huge last minute protest vote was built up on which, since it was irrelevant EU politics where MEPs are an irrelevance UKIP gained about 10 MEPs as they were heading for a well earned wipe out without the protest vote.

If we are to talk of probity, reliability, morality and ethics there is little doubt that News International should re-launch the NoTW and someone should have the integrity to shut down The Met. & sack a large number of useless and venal politicians.

Regards,
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#G0400* – UKIP entering fray in North Down c/o Michael BOWER’s Blog!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 11/01/2011

#G0400* – UKIP entering fray in North Down c/o Michael BOWER’s Blog!

UKIP entering fray in North Down
January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | Tags: Abbey, Alliance Party, Bangor, Michael Bower, North Down, UKIP
A constituent of mine has drawn my attention to the below leaflet which he received posted through his door in the Abbey area of Bangor yesterday.

Leaflet delivered in Bangor by UKIP:
Firstly I totally disagree with UKIP’s narrow minded view of immigration and the EU. To basically label immigrants as people who simply drain our public resources is abhorrent and neglects the important role that immigrants play in helping support public service delivery eg as doctors, teachers, nurses, police officers etc and in helping support our economy eg shop workers, cleaners, entrepreneurs.
We even have in Northern Ireland an immigrant as an MLA and a very fine one she is too!
Bangor and North Down generally have good race relations with a number of very active ethnic minority community groups. The emphasis needs to be on helping support immigrants to adapt to life in Northern Ireland and to integrate them into our local communities. UKIP’s “close the door” mentality only inflames tensions; appealing to people’s fears rather than reality.
Secondly the leaflet demonstrates just how much commitment UKIP has to Northern Ireland. The White Cliffs of Dover – hardly a symbol that many people in Northern Ireland will identify with!
It also refers to 1000 people a day coming into Britain to settle. Last time I checked Northern Ireland wasn’t in Britain, it was in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
A local UKIP member has simply handed out the same leaflet here as I am guessing that they delivered in Buckinghamshire in last year’s Westminster election. I’m sorry but if you are serious about making gains in Northern Ireland then you are going to have to work harder than that.
UKIP will no doubt try to present itself as a “non-sectarian centre-right unionist party”. Although these “non-sectarian” credentials can seriously be drawn into question given their previous dalliances with the TUV.
Whilst I have been out delivering leaflets introducing myself to the people of Abbey and informing them what their local Alliance team is doing and what help we can offer them, UKIP is delivering leaflets designed to inflame tensions about immigration with no mention of who they are locally or what they are offering local people.
Northern Ireland has suffered from being a rather insular society. I welcome those coming to settle here with fresh perspectives a different world views. Reminding us that the world is bigger than Northern Ireland can only be a good thing.

To view the original of the blog above CLICK HERE

I felt compelled to respond but refrained from pointing out that if he aspires to politics he had well be minded that Northern Ireland is a part of these United Kingdoms and ALSO a part of The British Isles (Britain), in common parlance – A useful item of knowledge should he succumb to the bribes of the EU and have need of finding his way back to his roots when sickened!

January 11, 2011 at 12:09 am

Greg_L-W.

Hi,

you rather loftily start your blog ‘a constituent of mine’ yet I can see no constituency that you are seemingly elected to!

With regard to the sad despoilment of the countryside in your region by utterly useless windmills polluting the atmosphere with the huge amount of energy used to make them and the environment with their vibration and damage to the soil not to mention their catastrophic effect on some species of birds and all to no positive gain save as alarmism.

I am surprised you feature such a sad sight as your picture when just one discreetly placed Nuclear power station could more efficiently and much more safely supply the electricity needs of all of Northern Ireland and at times leave spare capacity to export to Eire.

You then continue with your rather inept comments on border control on a planet where population has more than tripled since 1945 and economic migrancy is becoming endemic – perhaps you can explain in what way open borders and the resultant invasion and destruction of culture can benefit a Country – ANY Country!

You seem blissfully unaware of any of the facts that might justify your aspirations to one day represent people. Perhaps a quick glance at the catastrophic effects of EU membership on Eire might help you understand perhaps even the simple fact that due to EU utter incompetence and centralised greed the obscene implementation of The CAP & CFP has rendered not just Britain but all of EUrope unable to feed itself and not content with destroying third world farmers with EU agricultural subsidies the EU is now stealing the fish from the mouths of Africans by fishing out and destroying fish stocks in the bite of Africa – as it has already done with the fish stocks of the waters around these United kingdoms.

You make no mention of the farcical contrivance of The EUro that has, together with the utter incompetence of economic illiterates bankrupt Ireland – now left with no ability to make a meaningful decision on anything and Britain close behind with a National debt of £4.8 Trillion – a sum that can NEVER be paid off let alone sustained in compound interest.

Do you hate your EU Region so much you would lead them ever deeper into the mire.

Do you really believe politics is the right place for you?

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#G382* – NEWS!!! – Clegg Lied!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 10/12/2010

#G382* – NEWS!!! – Clegg Lied!

Hi,

students seem not alone in completely overlooking the FACT that the Lib.Dims. were not elected to Government in fact they hold a tiny number of seats and sold out any principle they may pretend to in return for acting as ballast for the Tory Party which held the most seats.

Did you REALLY believe Nick Clegg would deliver ANYTHING other than betrayal?
Do not forget he is a complete sell out – having held the position of Massively Expensive Parasite as an MEP giving credibility to the undemocratic, corrupt, profligate centralised and undemocratic EU for many years.

Further do realise the Lib.Dims. have always espoused sell out to direct rule by the malign EU and ensuring that Britain dumps control of its currency and surrenders the £ to the control of the ECB YET poll after poll shows Lib.Dim. voters by majority wish to retain the £ and value our Democracy.

Clearly Clegg is, if not dishonest, at very least corrupt – you will note Nick xclegg has never pointed out to British peoples that he is utterly irrelevant as is every single MP – Do read The EUropean Communities Act and The New Constitution in the form of The Lisbon Treaty which was authorised by Tony Blair & signed by Gordon Brown without ANY meaningful opposition from a single domestic politician – even UKIP did not raise a finger to oppose the final sell out to EU direct control of Britain!

Yes Clegg misled you – are you surprised or is it his irrelevance that surprises you?

Regards,
Greg_L-W.

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#G381* – The Police, The Government & Economic Collapse in an EU Perspective.

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 08/12/2010

#G381* – The Police, The Government & Economic Collapse in an EU Perspective.

Hi,

here is a conversation I am engaged in at http://www.Politic.co.UK which you may find of some interest – you may care to join The Forum and join in!

For further information on The Police you will find the links in the right sidebar of this blog of help.

‘He’ as you will have realised is myself!

Oh. He’s[I] not[/I] a ‘Kipper. Being a minority party I obviously know a lot less about UKIP than I do the establishement parties.

The title YOU chose for the thread would tend to indicate prejudice rather than knowledge of party principles and economics.

I admit that I skim read his previous post, Major, since it was pretty much an angry rant, hard to follow when someone rants like that.

Perhaps that would explain why you found it hard to follow – try not to skim read it leads to misunderstandings.

My error was also based on the fact that this ‘independent’ sure seems to rant and write like most ‘Kippers that I have read on forums.

I am glad you have noticed a level of commitment and passion in the patriotic well being of our country amongst some, including myself.

That, plus his links in his sig.

I am so glad you found the time to read the links as clearly they are VERY broad based and provide a huge amount of factually supported information for you.

As I say, I am not as familiar with UKIP as I am other parties,

Then may I respectfully suggest you serve yourself ill by skim reading and leaping to accusatory conclusions!

however, it would not surprise me if their founder, and most of their membership, are disgruntled Tories, who, as far as I know, have no plans to leave the EU?

I understand from reading and studying political parties over best part of half a century that the backing of UKIP is almost equally ex Tory & Labour with a strong endorsement from Lib.Dims. who have been so betrayed by their party. That their leader is something of a spiv. with the attributes of a cartoon ‘Tory Boy’ tends rather to mislead.

There is a lot of EU bashing on here, yet, there must be[B] some[/B] benefit to it,

Have you studied the values, beliefs of the British peoples as reflected by the polls – perhaps a glance at [URL=”htt://TheMidnightGroup.blogspot.com”]htt://TheMidnightGroup.blogspot.com[/URL] would help as the results of various polls are readily available.

Perhaps as an excercise you could list the benefits of membership of the centralised, undemocratic, profligate over regulated EU for these United Kingdoms which could be justified in your most fancifull dream worth paying £48 Million a day for 365 days a week – try to show just ONE benefit perhaps!

at least in the eyes of our present Government, otherwise they would surely leave it, would they not – especially at a time when they are cutting costs.

You overlook just how venal and useless our Government has become and is – we have had 13 unlucky years of economic illiteracy and near criminal damage to Britain – do note that the Tories sat upon their hands as did the rump Lib.Dims.

You will have realised that Westminster is merely a rubber stamping office for EU diktat undemocratically imposed – under the terms of The EUropean Communities Act sectyion 2 part 2 or section one part 1 (sorry can’t remember which) clearly states that it is the duty of the Minister concerned to enact into British law EU diktat whether by Order in Council or Statutory Instrument – which may explain why more Law is enacted when Parliament is in recess than when in session.

This leads to about 82% of ALL law enacted at Westminster being undebated, in any meaningfull terms, and enacted by diktat – that the balance of ALL law is enacted must be compliant with EU law – thus Westminster no longer has any meaningfull duties or role.

Much hot air and a liberal dose of duplicitous window dressing is the only output of the EU.

I would agree with you that reforms of the police are probably needed.

‘probably’????????????????

I have always found them a dissapointment.

I believe few would disagree with you.

I can cite examples, if you or anyone else cares me to do so. [I]What[/I] would I reform?

Examples are easy to note perhaps you would care to cite the 37 summary executions carried out against citizens leading to murder for which no police officer has been on trial despite the indisputable unlawfull murders.

Well, there has to be greater consistancy in the way that they go about their business, that would be a start.

Indeed it would – for them to carry out that business atall in the manner the British public require would be quite a good start!

May just be me, but I thought they were there to apply the law of the land equally and without predjudice.

It is convincing these out of control oaffs of this fact that would be the place to start. Currently they are on ALL counts unfit for purpose and as for remuneration and reward I totally agree with Major S.

I don’t believe that their function is to apply it as and when[B] they[/B] see fit, to[B] who[/B] they see fit.

They have become a force answerable to their own remit designed and carried out in house.

Many police officers that I have come across are pretty thick!

A masterfull understatement in my experience.

I was required to give a statement about three years ago, and, during this I was asked what frame of mind a person was in. I considered the question before answering ‘I would describe them as being aloof’. The two officers, one male, one female, both aged about 21, they looked at one another as if I had just landed from Mars. After a short pause they replied ‘How do you spell that?’. I told them. Then they asked me what it MEANT!!! I find that unacceptable.

Sadly I do not believe that it would be easy to find individuals who would not replicate your experience.

It is just one example, Major, but it illustrates my view of the police very well.

I do agree.

Talk of 5% reduction per annum are sadly risible already there has been a reduction of between 35-45% reduction engineered during the later part of the economically illiterate 13 unlucky years – achieved by reduction of the purchasing power of the £.

Currently the obscene debt incurred by Gordon Brown’s incompetence will ensure further collapse of our currency only outspripped by The EUro with every likelihood of a total collapse of currency value in EUrope due to the complete incompetence of the EU to address or even understand the enormity of the EU’s financial crisis with no exports that are not over priced on a world market.

Britain can and could achieve a measure of self sufficiency despite the criminal irresponsibility of surrendering control of our borders to the malevollent EU. Leading irrefutably to the influx of economic alien invasion and gross over population – no invasion in history has represented such an influx of foreigners be they aliens from The EU – Africa or the Indian sub continent.

Whether parliament will be honest and point out that the police will have to join EVERY Government employee on 1/3 of the income they currently have or merely devalue to hide the fact is one of the great conundrums of the immediate future!

IF the police can not cope with the reality then it seems we will slide into bankruptcy at an escalating rate with an increasing degree of anarchic criminality.

I do hope you can cope with understanding my ‘rant’ but do excuse my increasing anger as I learn ever more of the enormity of the betrayal of these United Kingdoms by its utterly incompetent and frequently corrupt politicians and Snivil Cervants!

It is my belief that if our politicians lack the intelligence to realise that by failing to extricate ourselves from the EU RAPIDLY then I believe there is every possibility of around 200,000,000 deaths in famine, disease and the wars of dissassociation across EUrope where there Channel will do little to save us.

Regards,
Greg_L-W.

Is Britain so very different from the rest of the Western World?

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), 

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#G314* – ANNIE’S BAR

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 06/08/2010

#G314* – ANNIE’S BAR

Browsing the excellent 4OD pages on YouTube you will find a long-forgotten TV series set in parliament.

Annie’s Bar lasted just one series in 1996, and to be frank it is a bit slow, a bit dry and a bit cliched, but it does run to 10 episodes.

The saving grace is a a kick-ass performance from Larry Lamb, recently I am told, of EastEnders, as the no-nonsense government whip.

The show was apparently filmed just hours before transmission to ensure it was bang up to date – it all seems so far away now.

Much of the tasteless tedium that creeps in may well be down to the fact that listed in the credits as a researcher is one Derek Draper, who interestingly you may recall Gawain Towler the odious UKIP Press Officer and wanabe PPC and MEP boasted of having seduced or the other way around when Gawain & his then wife were producing trendy ‘so called’ art and publishing pornographic pictures of himself!

John Major as prime minister, hopeful Labour MPs dreaming of government …

Sadly the real Annie’s Bar was closed in 2006 due to a decline in business.

To view the series CLICK HERE

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Annie’s Bar, scene of political plots, to close
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
Saturday, 18 February 2006
Annie’s Bar, a historic part of the House of Commons which has been the backdrop for plotting in smoke-filled corners for decades, is to be closed by MPs.
The bar was a favourite haunt of Kenneth Clarke, the cigar-smoking, beer-loving Tory MP, when he was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in John Major’s government. Barbara Windsor, the former Carry On and EastEnders star, was among the VIP visitors. Entrance to the bar was limited to journalists and MPs, who joked that it was the only place in the Palace of Westminster where they could escape their constituents, or their wives.
Government whips also used to make a point of dropping into the bar to find out what was being plotted in the dark recesses of the Commons by their own MPs.
The drinking den was woven into fictional works about the Palace of Westminster, and was a favourite meeting place for MPs and journalists in television political dramas such as House of Cards.
But MPs on the Commons Administration Committee found that it was under-used, takings had halved over the past 10 years to £9,000 a year and it was relying on a £20,000-a-year subsidy from the taxpayer. They have recommended it should be closed, and it is likely that the decision will be approved by most MPs.
“It now costs two and a half times as much to run as it takes in sales,” said the committee. “It is clear that the time has come for the bar to be shut and the space used for another more useful purpose. As a meeting place for MPs and Press Lobby [journalists] it has become largely obsolete.”
Annie’s Bar was established in a corner of the members’ lobby in the early part of the last century, and would have served statesmen such as Winston Churchill with a whisky stiffener before major debates. However, the House authorities took a dim view of drink being dispensed so close to the chamber, and moved the bar to a basement room alongside the famous terrace overlooking the Thames in the mid-1960s.
The bar was reopened in 1967 by the late Robert Maxwell, who was chairman of the Commons Catering Committee, before becoming the owner of the Daily Mirror. Betty Boothroyd, the former speaker of the Commons, was also at the opening and once demonstrated her skills as a high-kicking former Tiller Girl there.
However, it was moved in 1995 to a more obscure corner of the Commons and its custom collapsed. There was an attempt to revive its flagging fortunes by installing a pool table, which attracted newer MPs, including Shahid Malik, the Labour MP for Dewsbury, who won the MPs’ pool tournament, although he is tee-total. In recent months, it has become popular with smokers driven out of the Strangers’ Bar, since it became a smoking-free zone but that is not enough to keep it open.
Suggestions for using the space include a take-away coffee bar, a dry-cleaning service, or members’ dressing rooms, but when it closes, some of the older MPs believe the Commons will never be quite the same again.

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#G266* – forcing ‘Cameron Cuties’ on the grassroots

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 22/02/2010

#G266* – forcing ‘Cameron Cuties’ on the grassroots

Britain is in crisis. 

If he wins, Dave will have more to worry about than forcing ‘Cameron Cuties’ on the grassroots

Margaret Thatcher shortly after her election victory in 1979 (Photo: PA)

Margaret Thatcher shortly after her election victory in 1979 (Photo: PA)

Whoever walks into No 10 after the election will face a desk overflowing with more and worse problems than any incoming Prime Minister since Winston Churchill in 1940. Certainly Margaret Thatcher faced a trades union movement led by insurrectionists who had already brought down Edward Heath and Jim Callaghan, and an economy in terrible trouble – but the troubles facing the country today are both wider and deeper than in 1979. That is not all: Margaret Thatcher had a far stronger Parliamentary Party and a far stronger Party in the country than David Cameron.
As for Gordon Brown, if he should survive the election, not only will he be facing the crises largely of his own making, but he will still have the same mutinous parliamentary rabble from which to form a government.
There is the terrifying financial crisis. January is normally a good month for tax revenues but this year they collapsed. For the first time ever there was a deficit, and not a small one either, of £4.3 billion.
The more the Government increases spending, borrowing and taxing, the wider grows the gap between the rich and the poor.
Argentina, seeing our military and political weakness, is increasing the pressure on the Falklands.
Someone – Mossad, they say – picked on us as too spineless to do more than squeak about it, and stole the identities of half a dozen British citizens in pursuit of a murder plot.
Immigration, like public spending, is still running out of control.
And, just to cap it all, it seems that our masters in Brussels are so confident of their mastery that they will not let us, the British, give any preference to ourselves in selling tickets to the Olympic Games that we are paying for here, in what used to be our own country.
In short, if he becomes Prime Minister, David Cameron will have more to worry about than whether he imposed enough Cameron Cuties on the demoralised remains of the Tory grass roots supporters.
Perhaps the most corrosively poisonous inheritance facing the next Government will be the crisis of trust between the British people and the new political class which seems destined to dominate Parliament.  That is examined in a short book by Stuart Wheeler, entitled Crisis of Trust, published next week.
Wheeler was once a generous supporter of the Conservative Party, but was expelled for also giving support to UKIP and has a record of putting his money where his mouth is. I would not agree with quite all of what he says about the remuneration of MPs, but his book is a “must read” item for anyone wanting to put that particular shambles into its historical context. As Wheeler sets out, this has happened before and been put right before. He also puts it into the context of the betrayal of the very purpose of Parliament, which is to control the executive, whether the Monarch, the Cabinet or today our masters in Brussels.
Do not miss it!
I look through all the posts on this site, even those not really directed to me, but it is not realistically possible to answer all of you, so please forgive me if I do not take up all the issues raised here. At least this is a lively blog site!
It was very kind of portuguesedave, coltek, softmicro and others to urge me to get out the old bike and ride back into battle at the head of either the Conservative Party or UKIP. Come on, be reasonable, chaps, I’ll be 79 next month and I was invalided out over 20 years ago. My mistake was not to have had myself cloned about 40 years ago. So, procrustes, I’m sorry I am not up for the fight the way I was 50 years ago.
This blog, and my roamings around the country, even a broadcast now and again (Any Questions on R4 this Friday) are all intended to help other people put the pressure on our leading politicians to LISTEN AND THINK (and not just about themselves).
I understand the eloquent despair of Sheumais, but I have to say to christopherjames that it is not just representative democracy that has let us down, and that only in the last half century. It is the electors who have taken less and less part in the process.  Normal people have opted out of political activity and left it to a bunch of full-time careerist geeks.
To cookinglager, I have to explain that a democratic Euro state is not a realistic option. The history is different to that of the USA, which has one language  and one culture (although that is now at risk).
Jacquesarden is well informed. I did go to one Bilderberg meeting (on the advice of my officials that I should know what it was all about). I was never invited to another – which tells you something about both the Bilderbergers and me.
As johny rottenborough says, the USA did push for a US of E and financed political propaganda to that end. They, poor fools, thought that it would be in their interest.
As to Assegi… Oh dear, Oh dear. He quotes p. 499 of Nigel Lawson’s book The View from No 11. If he had read it properly he would have known that we did not enter the ERM in 1985, and he would have known that whilst I was supportive at that time of Nigel as Chancellor, saying that it should be looked at on economic grounds, I later expressed my concerns that it would be used by the EU for political purposes. 
He might also have read Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs about her opposition to the ERM right up to the point where she had lost the support of the Cabinet, not long before the conspiracy to overthrow her – and why she gave in to Chancellor John Major in 1990.
Thank you, spoonbender, for pointing out some of that.
I can assure Gary 4 that I am still a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party and in the House of Lords I take the Conservative Whip, even if I do not always take too much notice of it.
Lastly, I can assure Fifty and Cynical that there is no such thing in English law as a “gay wedding”. 
Marriage is a life-long union, to the exclusion of all others, between a man and a woman. A wedding is the service or ceremony to mark that union. There are civil partnerships and the making of those may be marked by a party, but they are not wedding parties.

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‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arrogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship, and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

The EU, due to the political idiocy and corruption of its undemocratic leaders, is now a net importer of food, no longer able to feed itself and with a decreasing range of over priced goods of little use to the rest of the world to sell with which to counter the net financial drain of endless imports.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician in ANY election until we are liberated from the EU and are a Free Sovereign peoples, with independent control of our own borders, making and managing Law & Justice for our own benefit, in our own elected Westminster Parliament where we can fire our politicians at the ballot box, if they fail to represent OUR best interests.
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