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Truss trolled again – by KING CHARLES [VIDEO]

Could it get any worse for Liz Truss?

Now the woman who is already being touted as the UK’s worst-ever prime minister has been trolled by the Monarch of the Realm – and it’s all on video.

Watch (and note that she still hasn’t learned how to curtsy):

Need I say more? It seems to me that the King has said it all for us.

Source: King Charles greets Liz Truss with: ‘Back again? Dear, oh dear’ | King Charles III | The Guardian

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Ever wonder how the Tories keep themselves on top? Here’s how

This woman has been prime minister for nearly three years – not because she is any good at it – she isn’t – but because the people of the UK have been told, throughout that time, that there’s nobody better.

The easiest way for a political party to keep itself high in the opinion polls is to set the agenda for public debate and then tell people what to think.

The easiest way to tell people what to think is by dominating the mass media.

And the easiest way to dominate the mass media is by ensuring it is full of your cronies.

The BBC’s news team is run by Tories, as has been explained many times before – here and elsewhere.

And so are many of the private companies that make programmes for the BBC – like Mentorn, the maker of Question Time

That’s probably how this happened:

And this:

This happens week after week, and not just on QT. Not only is the panel stuffed with right-wingers – so is the audience.

Then they tell us all what to think, and dissenting voices are treated as foolish, or childish.

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Question Time audience packed with UKIP activists – Pride’s Purge

Thanks to Tom Pride for confirming something we already knew – that the BBC has been inviting members of certain right-wing parties into the audiences of Question Time, the weekly politics panel show chaired by David Dimbleby.

This is an abuse of the programme’s premise, which is to have politicians discuss the issues of the day in front of members of the general public. It enables the Corporation to follow the wishes of its right-leaning masters by ensuring that left-wingers in the audience are outnumbered and may be shouted down by people of opposing political views.

This show requires reform.

Here’s what Tom had to say:

I always thought the BBC Question Time audience was supposed to be made up of members of the public.

If so, why is the BBC openly inviting UKIP activists to be part of it – including UKIP parliamentary candidates:

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UKIP councillors:

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Branch chairs:

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and 6 members of a local UKIP branch.

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All of these professional UKIPpers were invited by the BBC onto one show – last night’s.

Perhaps the BBC thinks the UK population is made up of professional UKIP activists?

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The ‘Big Benefits Row’ row

'To see ourselves as others see us': It is hard to stand on a platform when you can't even stand - but the social media are giving disabled people a stronger voice and a chance to take the spotlight, rather than the sidelines.

‘To see ourselves as others see us’: It is hard to stand on a platform when you can’t even stand – but the social media are giving disabled people a stronger voice and a chance to take the spotlight, rather than the sidelines.

I can’t directly reblog this but I think you should all read Sue Marsh’s article on her experience with Channel 5’s recent entry into the world of benefit porn.

Originally set to be a member of the panel on The Big Benefits Row (was that really what it was called?), Sue was ‘bumped’ at short notice and ended up being just an invited member of the audience, having to endure the rented opinions of people like the motormouth Alan Sugar had the good sense not to hire and the former Tory minister who was unlucky with eggs when they turned out not to be responsible for food poisoning and lucky with them when hers weren’t fertilised by then-PM John Major.

The most interesting parts of the piece are those relating to the attitude of the government to the benefits debate, as revealed by various TV producers: “They were shocked that invariably the DWP refused to take part unless the stories were edited their way. Iain Duncan-Smith has written repeatedly and furiously to the BBC about their lack of balance in reporting welfare issues. Anyone who follows the debate with even a flutter of fleeting interest will know just how ironic that is. If ever there has been an issue so poorly reported, with so much ignorance and so many lies, the current ‘welfare’ debate must be it.”

For myself, as someone who has to look after a disabled person every day, the way the production company treated Sue was simply unacceptable – and symptomatic of our society’s poor understanding of the misery suffered by people with chronic conditions.

Not only was she bumped from the panel at a moment’s notice, but she and other people with disabilities were treated poorly by studio managers (who’s “them”, for goodness sake?).

The article relates how she had been in London for an appointment and was physically drained afterwards, but had made the effort to stay active and alert for the recording – feeding on adrenaline. To be passed over in that circumstance – and have to watch while opportunities to state the problems faced by the disabled were themselves passed over by programme makers and panellists – was a metaphorical kick in the teeth.

Leaving the studio, Sue tweeted that she’d been given the bum’s rush by the show’s producers, and it is a credit to her online friends that she was trending very highly on Twitter soon afterwards.

But it is always as she states: “Yet again my friends, we shall have to make our own news… show producers of shows like the Big Benefits Row that we do have a voice, we do matter.”

So please visit Diary of a Benefit Scrounger, read the article and share it – along with your own opinion, if you take a strong enough view.

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