A Party Political Broadcast

September 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

How many people turned out in protest against Tory Policy on the NHS in Manchester at the weekend? Well, if you live outside Manchester you’d probably find that the BBC weren’t exactly forthcoming with their coverage of the protest. The number was in the region of 50,000, and goes a little way towards explaining why the Tories have erected an 8 foot metal fence around the entire conference zone. One suspects the real reason is actually that they just wanted to be kept apart from the riff-raff. I mean, how is one supposed to sup one’s £250 a bottle champagne in peace if Bob the binman can wander on by just yards away without some kind of barrier to keep him out of ones line of sight?

So the BBC’s coverage of the event can be found if you navigate from the main ‘News’ page, to ‘England’ and then ‘Manchester’. Unless you live in Manchester, it wasn’t on their home page and couldn’t be found on the News home page on the day, or today. In fact, in the Manchester section today it’s the fourth story. At best this level of coverage of a major protest against an unpopular government who aren’t just making ‘difficult’ decisions, they’re making outright evil ones, is pitiful. At worst the BBC could easily be accused of joining the illustrious ranks of the foreign ‘State-run News Networks’ the Beeb so often takes delight in mocking.

The BBC has clearly decided to offer up its support to David Cameron for Election 2015 and it’s barely even hiding it. If it is attempting to conceal its treachery then it’s doing a pretty bad job of it. But let it not be said that the BBC is bad at hiding things, it hid the Jimmy Saviles and Stuart Halls of this world for 3 or 4 decades and to show us that this was no fluke and that it hasn’t lost it’s touch, it’s currently hiding the Conservative Dismantling of the NHS. If your news horizons don’t expand beyond the BBC or other Mainstream networks, you might say: ‘What dismantling of the NHS?’

In which case my response can only ever be: ‘Precisely’. Not only is the BBC actively hiding the destruction of the lifeblood of Britain, something that is so undeniably and unquestionably quintessentially British, free healthcare that is, it is actually aiding and abetting in the propaganda war the Conservatives have launched to ensure that when you do find out what’s been going on, instead of rising up in pure rage, you merely conclude: ‘Well, look at the recent failures. Probably better off in private hands.’

The BBC has been only too willing to eat up every single piece of negative news being fed to it by its Tory paymasters. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an awful lot wrong with the NHS. Too many managers, not enough beds, not enough nurses, not enough Doctors, debt-riddled hospitals, hidden scandals and so on and so on, but selling it off to profit-making organisations with shareholders leads only one way. It leads to the American system of healthcare. It leads to a two-tiered system, where those who can afford healthcare, get healthcare. Where those not in employment cannot get access to basic healthcare. It leads to a further expansion of the gap between rich and poor, and exacerbates the effect this has by commodifying a basic human right, the right to healthcare.

If the NHS truly is failing, it’s failing because every 5 years politicians make a raft of unsustainable, unattainable, inappropriate, self-serving promises to ‘change’ the NHS, to reform it, bring greater efficiency, reduce queues and costs all at the same time. Each party brings with it their own ideas, ideas that generally lack some kind of consultation process with the people that work on the front-line, day after day. These are the people who know what the real issues are, who know where the real savings can be made and where the service provided can be vastly improved.

And in all this, the BBC willingly assists the Nasty Party. Long ago the BBC reached the point of ‘Mouthpiece’ for this government. Long ago it stopped challenging its policies and long ago it lost the little credibility it once had. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, after all this is the same organisation that has a long history of firing females as they pass the ‘acceptable’ age yet retain ever grumpier males long past their sell by date. This is the same organisation that in its desperation to remain as unbiased as possible, flows along with ‘public’ opinion, with government agenda. Instead of challenging public perceptions and opening itself up to calls of bias, it follows public perceptions instead and actually is biased. This is the same organisation that refused to air a charity appeal for the people of Gaza when Israel launched a vicious attack on it.

In conclusion, don’t trust the BBC. It doesn’t act in your interests. It acts in its own, which is to protect and to serve the government of today. This Dickensian Government that seeks to demonise the poor and further enrich the rich.