Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Government News Manipulation

The BBC reports on the growing anger amongst Labour politicians, Royal Mail workers and unions about the 'privatisation' plans due to be announced on Thursday by The Boy From Foy, Peter Mandelson.

Great play is made of the pension deficit, of £5.9billion, and how this will increase if the 'sell-off' does not happen. Postal Affairs Minister, Pat McFadden says "We will not privatise the company but what we want is to bring in the experience to drive forward that change precisely so we can continue the universal service for the future," The government maintains that this is not a 'sell-off' but a partnership which maintains the manifesto pledge made in the 2005 election manifesto.

In this instance, this is not 'spin' by the government, rather it is blatant news manipulation worthy of North Korea and the former USSR.

1. Needless to say there is no mention on the BBC website story about the requirements of this 'sell-off' to meet EU requirements in the field of competition coupled with their inability to continue paying the subsidy to the Post Office, something else dictated by the EU

2. Witness the timing of a letter written by Jane Newell, chair of the trustees of the Royal Mail pension scheme, warning of the likely rise in the deficit of £5.9billion.

3. Witness not one word from MPs, as with the BBC, about the EU 'connection' .

4. Look at the protestations of the reported 125 Labour MPs who are against this deal, yet again on the BBC website no mention is made of how many of those 125 MPs actively supported the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and thereby, membership of the EU.

5. No mention is made either of the hypocrasy of Labour MPs, who having given away the right of this country to govern itself, incorporated in which is the right to run our postal service as we see fit, then protesting about their party's actions and plans.

6. No mention is made of the fact that the criticism Labour is beaking its manifesto pledge is unjust, bearing in mind Labour has shown previously that manifesto pledges are not worth the paper they are printed on.

Is it any wonder that the public have lost confidence in both politicians and the BBC when this demonstrates that neither of them can speak the truth?

1 comment:

knirirr said...

What is the nature of this "privatisation"? Somehow I expect that it might be some form of contracting out rather than the creation of a proper free market, but I'm not familiar with the details.