Blockade of printworks highlights the fact: the UK does NOT have a ‘free press’

Could you feel the Establishment rage at being told its propaganda mouthpieces aren’t providing us with the news? It seems 72 members of Extinction Rebellion did, after they were arrested in protests targeting three printing installations owned by Rupert Murdoch. Why does he need three? Because he owns too many newspapers and they all print what he wants – not what the people need to know. So the disruption at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Knowsley in Merseyside, and near Motherwell, North Lanarkshire hit the distribution of his publications including The Sun, The Times,…

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Incoming BBC chief wants to restore its reputation for impartiality. But will he?

New BBC Director General Tim Davie is set to tell staff it is now a condition of their employment to be politically impartial. It seems he has realised the Corporation’s credibility has suffered after years of kowtowing to the Tory administrations of the last 10 years. And there’s academic information showing an “Establishment” bias during Labour administrations that made it hard for that party to get a fair hearing on the UK’s most-used TV and radio news outlet. Fine words. But will they cut any ice with entrenched right-wingers like…

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Covid confusion: when news sources contradict each other, what do you believe?

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. Look at this: https://t.co/VUkez4ukAR pic.twitter.com/oTYG7o4vZe — James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 22, 2020 Now consider this: SUNDAY EXPRESS: Top doctors boost ⁦@BorisJohnson⁩ school plan #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/KVh0z7FqG4 — Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) August 22, 2020 Apparently chief medical officer Chris Whitty is saying, at the same time, that children returning to school will increase the likelihood of people…

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Why is Israel’s latest bombing campaign against Gaza going unreported?

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. I think we know the answer to the question in the headline but let’s establish the facts. At the time the Morning Star article was published, Israel had been bombing Gaza for eight days, non-stop, in response to – Israeli authorities claimed – two missiles. Civilian property – mark that: civilian property – has suffered heavy damage,…

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Silly season stories: can you believe this desperate bid to blame Johnson’s Covid on Corbyn aide

This is very desperate, isn’t it? Apparently the claim is that Seumas Milne, aide to Jeremy Corbyn when he was Labour leader, passed Covid-19 on to Boris Johnson – according to the Mail on Sunday: So Number 10 invited Jeremy Corbyn, then 70, to a meeting in a "compact and airless" office that "offers the ideal conditions for the virus", at a time when members of the government were testing positive for Covid, and yet Seumas is the villain? pic.twitter.com/pwAS6SZbWG — Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) August 15, 2020 Of course the real…

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Does failure of SERCO test-and-trace mean EVERY privatised Covid-19 project has failed?

Can you think of any Covid-19-related contracts the Johnson government has handed to private firms, that have actually succeeded? I can’t. They’ve all been spectacular failures, and this is just the latest: Everyone, I'm getting sick to death of saying this. Stop saying it's f***ing NHS Test and Trace. It's a private firm. It's Serco. Failing private firms hide behind the NHS logo and our f***ing media help them. So the NHS can be blamed for private failure. https://t.co/q3xtSYKrWA — Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) August 10, 2020 Marcus is right about…

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Is the Torygraph being a snake-in-the-grass about over-75s’ TV licences?

I don’t trust the Daily Telegraph‘s advice to the elderly on the fact they’re being asked to pay for their TV licences again. “The elderly should be in no rush to pay the BBC,” the Torygraph‘s headline proclaims – and the piece itself seems to go on in confrontational manner, making Auntie out to be the villain: “TV Licensing will write to all licence holders aged over 75 with clear guidance about how to pay,” says the BBC, which is a polite way of saying, “We know where you live.” Admittedly, I…

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Whistleblowers’ bid to blackmail Labour into expelling Corbyn should come to nothing

I use “blackmail” in the headline advisedly. This may very well be a criminal offence. For those who are unaware, blackmail occurs when a person (or several) make a demand of another person (or indeed organisation), accompanied by the threat of a particular consequence if they don’t comply. (For example, if a group of so-called anti-Semitism “whistleblowers” threaten the Labour Party with bankruptcy either fighting or settling legal claims, unless it expels Jeremy Corbyn.) The intent must be to make a gain for someone (not necessarily themselves) – or a…

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Russia report: If Russian influence over the UK is ‘the new normal’, shouldn’t someone be charged with treason?

Now we can all see why Boris Johnson did not want the so-called ‘Russia Report’ released before the general election last year. The report – released today (July 21) by Parliament’s new Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) – shows that successive Conservative governments have welcomed Russian oligarchs “with open arms”, giving them access to political figures “at the highest levels” – and made absolutely no attempt to investigate Russian interference in referendums and elections; in fact, the Tories “actively avoided” doing so. This has led, the report states, to the…

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