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The fight is on

David Cameron's self-serving attack on press freedom - Telegraph.

The oligarch supporters of President Yeltsin discovered by accident how to get their drunken but reliably corrupt puppet re-elected, despite national embarrassment at his failings. In desperation, they bought the national TV stations, whose newsdesks informed the political opinions of a decisive majority. To their surprise it worked. Their unsavoury skins were saved.

When Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was made Yeltsin's political heir, their media machine got him elected. They were confident he would reward them, but they underestimated their man. He and his "Chekist" faction didn't want to depend on them for power, so they seized those TV stations "for the nation". They used them to develop what they amusingly call a "managed democracy".

Having ensured a consistent line from key news desks, they found they could cheerfully ignore the otherwise free press. You can read criticism of VVP in Russian newspapers and magazines. You can hear it on local TV and radio too. He will happily point to it as evidence of Russia's free press. But you won't hear a word of effective criticism on national TV, which is all he cares about.

The occasional murder of a journalist seems born of exuberance, not necessity.

Living in Russia for several years, I wondered if the Chekists got their ideas from observing the relationship between the BBC and the British ruling elite. Why did the Conservatives not win the last election outright, despite economic circumstances that would have made Labour unelectable in any other place and time? Two reasons. Firstly a rigged election system. Voting figures that would have given Labour a working majority were insufficient for the Tories. Secondly the BBC News team (and their incestuous faux-competitors at Channel 4) did the same job for Labour that their Russian counterparts do for United Russia. The same team now consistently keens and wails about "Tory cuts" despite the fact that public spending is still rising, thus keeping the hapless Boy David firmly to leftist lines in all key respects.

By the way, how can that rigged election system remain in place? Because the BBC will never give airtime to anyone who points it out - and will report any attempt to reform it as Tory election-rigging. So there's really only one reason.

Love him or hate him (and he doesn't make himself easy to love) Rupert Murdoch represented the only well-funded and plausible threat to the BBC hegemony in British opinion-forming. For the good of the same ruling elite that loved him when they were successfully bribing him to do their bidding, he therefore had to be stopped from gaining full control of BSkyB. His reported remark that Sky News would be more like Fox News if his British management ever listened to him made that very clear.

Search Twitter today for the hashtag #newsnight and see the vengeful, malicious British Left in full triumphant cry. Having pitched the pompous right-on comedian Steve Coogan against a carefully-selected rat-like specimen of the tabloid press, the BBC's Newsnight team could barely contain its near-sexual excitement last night. It was glorying (as the BBC has for days) in doing immense damage to its only serious enemy.

Today's Telegraph leader has it almost right.

To punish the whole of the press for News International’s misdemeanours is wrong; so, too, is the sneering disdain of the political classes for the tabloid newspapers that are read by the majority of their constituents. It was a revolting spectacle to see Labour politicians cheer the closure of one of this country’s oldest newspapers, with the loss of 200 staff, most of whom had nothing to do with the scandal – especially since they only found their voice once News International had ended its support of their party.

Why almost? Because this is not about "them" - the Press, but about us, the people. What the dangerous new coalition of vengeful slebs, spurned and furious Labourites and politicians determined to ensure no repetition of the expenses scandal threatens is our very way of life.

The Britain I knew and loved, now fighting for its feeble life, was formed by centuries of press freedom.  The broadsheets might debate the issues of the day, but few were following them. It was the ferocious tabloid press that kept the elites in line. It instilled fear into those who, by dishonesty, excess, immorality or even mere snootiness towards the public that feeds them, deserved popular disapproval.

The BBC is a primary source of work for Coogan. It has the ability to enhance the career of Hugh Grant. They and other celebrities have their own reasons (for which the public had no sympathy before Millygate) to hate and fear the tabloids. After all these are the papers that personify the prurient interest in their private lives of the British public on whom they live - and for whom they feel such disdain.

We know what they want from new regulators. We also know what the BBC and Guardian will want. Most of all we know what the politicians of all parties will want. But it's not their disparate agendas that are the problem, it's what they have in common. That is a desire for working people to have neither ready access to anti-statist views, nor regular evidence of the moral corruption of the British ruling elite and its luvvie running dogs.

We don't need to like Mr Murdoch to recognize this. His employees' disgraceful misconduct has given our elites their greatest chance for decades to undermine that sturdy contempt for the powerful that makes us free men.

Politically impartial television?

BBC News - Question Time - Join the Question Time audience.

Follow the link to see what it takes to join the Question Time (#bbcqt) audience. Interesting questionnaire, eh? Maybe I should apply to be in the next London audience, suppress my principles and fill in the form dishonestly? What do you think? Which boxes should I tick (and what questions should I pretend I am going to ask) in order to get the chance to express a free market viewpoint behind enemy lines?

Sinister quote of the day

Mandelson attacks 'extreme rightwing figures' for Gordon Brown pill 'smears' | Politics |

I don't like or trust Andrew Marr, Labour's proctologist-in-chief, but when Grand Pooh-Bah Mandelson utters the words...

"I'm sure Andrew would agree that everyone has certain areas of their life that they'd prefer not to be asked about live on TV."

...I can't help but feel sorry for him. Watch your back, Marr. New Labour's smear machine has always mainly targeted its own.

Lies, Sex and BBC Drama

Link: Baroness Thatcher tried to seduce Sir Edward Heath for Conservative seat, new BBC drama claims - Telegraph.

Though the British Left hates her for appealing to the working classes more than they ever did, they have never been able to find any evidence of Margaret Thatcher behaving in an unprincipled way. Can anyone doubt they have tried? There is a reason for their failure, and it is neither their undoubted ineptitude nor the mist of rage that clouds their vision whenever they think of her. Now the shameless BBC describes a drama in which she is portrayed as trying to seduce Ted Heath "during her hunt for a Conservative seat" as "light hearted and imaginative." I cannot dispute the "imaginative" part, but I have no doubt their red hearts were heavy with malice.

Quite apart from the fact that Margaret is a devout Christian and quite possibly the least-likely woman on Earth to prostitute herself, she was rated by the first Conservative agent ever to interview her as the most promising candidate she had ever met. She had no need to resort to dubious tactics. Even if we are "imaginative" enough for a moment to consider that she might have considered it, I am quite sure that - even as a young woman - she was worldly-wise enough to know that such an approach to Mr Heath, a confirmed bachelor, would be counter-productive.

'BBC website 'unblocked in China''

Link: 'BBC website \'unblocked in China\''.

Given how far left the BBC is, one wonders why the Chinese ever bothered. There are probably more people in the BBC who sincerely believe in Marxism than are to be found in all of China.The Chinese government could save itself a world of trouble and cost by simply turning the New China News Agency into a translation service so as to be able to use the BBC as China's state broadcaster.

Start the Week with an insult

Link: BBC - Radio 4 - Start the Week.

Waiting for my transfer to the airport yesterday morning, I listened to Radio 4. What a smug noise that station makes. Archsycophant to the PM, Andrew Marr, was hosting a discussion with Susan Pinker, Simon Russell Beale, Marina Warner and Clay Shirky, which touched briefly on blogging. In the course of five minutes (tops) the political blogosphere in Britain was dismissed as comprising mainly young, “libertarian” (spoken through a curled lip detectable even by radio), single men with too much time on their hands.

I plead guilty to being a man and a libertarian. I was also once young, but alas no more. Do I have time on my hands? Well, I run a business I built from a standing start in the last five years, which turns over several million pounds, employs 25 people and is still growing fast. I am responsible for overseeing and developing a network of other such businesses, which involves constant travelling. I think it's fair to say I am a busy man, but I  manage my time and resources. I blog in airports, in the back of taxis or from my iPhone on the way to and from work. I blog as I read my morning “newspaper” (a collection of feeds from the Guardian, Times, Telegraph and my favoured blogs).

Nor am I the only non-spotty blogger. Guido is a mature man who made his pile and now pursues other interests. Ellee Seymour and Ian Dale would not like their ages mentioned but the first flush of youth is undeniably fading. Bel is coy about her age but remembers Margaret Thatcher directly, rather than through the Gothic glass held up by a generation of leftist teachers. Wat Tyler is of a slightly riper vintage than myself. Nor are all the above male, by any means (or libertarian).

What is with the age sneer, anyway? Did none of these pompous panellists express political opinions when young? I rather suspect they did. So what, precisely, was their point?

This was not intelligent commentary. It was a put-down, based either on wilful ignorance or dishonesty. Amusingly, not 10 minutes before, Shirky was praising Facebook for allowing “ordinary people” to campaign against big corporations.

So the internet is fine when used to campaign against big corporations, but not against big government? What else can one expect from our dear old leftist Aunty?

Biased BBC: the smoking gun

Link: Iain Dale's Diary: Indicating to the Right? Return to a Core Vote Strategy? Er, No....

What Iain reports here shows that the BBC, a public service broadcaster with a duty to be politically balanced, is in fact a propaganda outlet. The researcher called him to be on the show, asked what he would say and then didn't call back. Instead, she tracked down a Conservative who would say what she wanted to hear and put him on instead.

Both the researcher and her editor should, at the least, be fired. It is is time to close the BBC, an organisation which has lost sight of its objectives.

BBC report finds bias within corporation

Link: BBC report finds bias within corporation | Uk News | News | Telegraph.

So? Please tell us something we didn't know. Did anyone think that a broadcaster capable of lauding Cuba's healthcare was unbiased? That a broadcaster which consistently pits the least videogenic Tories against the best from other Parties on Question Time was balanced?

The BBC knows how biased it is. So the only interesting question is why it commissioned this report.