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Police Chief out, Brooks behind bars and Media Monopoly

July 17, 2011

I suppose after a £10k freebie at Champneys and dishing out £24k to the ex Murkydoch exec. Neil Wallis then judgement day will arrive, time to quit.
Sire Paul’s due at the farmyard committee meeting on Tues as well. Don’t think the MP’s will give him an ear bashing now he’s on the dole.
As predicted, Rebekah has resigned has buggered off somewhere although unpredictably at the invitation of the Plod.

Good to hear MP’s calling for breaking up the monopoly of media companies. Evening post proprietors have swallowed up a media empire with more papers than Murdoch. The tentacles stretch right across Europe. They don’t hold back on using the monopoly to further their ends whatever that may be, dubious or not.
Here in Bristol Northcliffe media would appear to have been involved in many a campaign that raises a few questions. Here’s an example:
1. Mike Ford.
A Fox news apologists right wing agenda driven by the Evening Posts editor:

An article by Mike Ford, thisisbristol’s most loved and most loathed commenter, will appear in the Bristol Evening Post tomorrow.

Mike has been asked by the editor to share his views on protest groups in Bristol. As usual, he doesn’t pull any punches: “Over the last decade, Bristol seems to have been swarmed with counter-culturists, champagne anarchists and well-meaning – but ultimately naïve – upper-middle classes, and it seems their smug impact is finally beginning to be felt.” Evening Post Thursday, September 17, 2009

With a poorly disguised Mosely-like attempt to drive a wedge through communities in South Bristol the paper began its hypermarket support propaganda and green belt trashing campaign. The rest is history.

  1. July 17, 2011 7:42 pm

    Right wing media in cosy relationship with government and police. Not good (hint Germany 1930’s)

  2. Richard Lane permalink
    July 17, 2011 9:36 pm

    “With a poorly disguised Mosely-like attempt to drive a wedge through communities in South Bristol the paper began its hypermarket support propaganda and green belt trashing campaign. The rest is history”.

    Yet another attempt by the twister to rewrite history. I don’t recall the EP supporting/promoting the supermarket or the trashing of the greenbelt. I do remember them supporting the plans for a new stadium which involved the south Bristol community and the region as a whole. I also remember it being the opposition laying claim, that the club were splitting the community, while at the same time openly trying to ban legitimate members of that community from having a voice in the community, because it was different than theirs. They thought they spoke for the majority, because they were the majority at the various groups and and committees they formed, they were not the majority but the minority within that community.

  3. July 18, 2011 9:27 am

    Mr Lane you have a memory lapse when it comes to facts. No one banned or is able to ban the club from getting involved in community organisations such as GBCP. They just haven’t taken a proactive lead in local issues, fact. They’ve acted like dictators and dumped all the unfortunate superstore disruption onto local residents, while their directors live their life in distant comfort elsewhere.
    The EP has also been a mouthpiece for the club and Sainsburys, fact.

    You as a singularly noisy non-resident don’t speak for a majority of residents as you so loudly proclaim. The local organisations who spoke out against the damaging superstore have a mandate unlike yourself, the club or the EP. The club of course at the time was led by a non-domiciled owner of a multinational who has his own agenda, not unlike that of the EP parent group. That being maximising profit for shareholders. Not exactly a democratic organisation or decision making process.

    The Mike Ford ‘game’ invented and sustained by an editor with right wing agenda was a shameful episode in newspaper propaganda and social stereotyping . Its no coincidence that you are still repeating the same diatribe.

    Monopoly media is not good, hence the current N-O-W scandal. Papers cosying up to the politicians and wealthy businessmen and scratching each others backs is being exposed not before time.

  4. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    July 18, 2011 1:52 pm

    Sacredspring. As I have said before, the EP were more than fair in their coverage of the campaign to protect the GB, especially so here in south Bristol. Whether this was because a different journalist was involved and not the political editor, I do not know, but that was surely the case. I also stand by what I said about a relentless campaign concerning the WC, one that surpassed anything I had previously known. As for “Mike Ford”. I did resent having an obviously fictional character representing the views of “local” south Bristol, just as much as I resent my views expressed by the “champagne” working class or the Loony Lelt or the Liberal Elite. I don’t think we have media monopoly, but we do have a situation where the “great and the good” have got too cosy with each other and it’s basically “sod” the rest of you. Of course the people of this country have been cowed into keeping quiet and accepting the “status quo”, but not by the right wing press, but by political correctness. What goes round comes around…..

  5. thebristolblogger permalink
    July 18, 2011 10:55 pm

    The Post’s political editor, Ian Onions, was receiving information in regards to the Ashton Vale Town Green developments direct from the legal correspondence from Lansdown’s solicitors Clarke Wilmott.

    This correspondence was sent to the city council in their role as the supposedly independent and objective Registration Authority.

    This correspondence was being passed to Onions as it was received by the council’s Head of Marketing and PR, Peter Holt. He had no authority to do this. A Registration Authority has no remit to pass legal correspondence to the press.

    Why was this allowed to happen?

  6. July 19, 2011 7:45 am

    Paul I seem to remember the Evening Lost continually referring to the greenbelt at Ashton Vale as former landfill and former refuse tip. After a while that sticks. Bit like calling Dame Emily Park a former slag heap.
    That may have just been quotes from ignoramous pro-campaigners and spin docs.
    The EP worthily took up the cudgel in the anti-greenspace sell-off campaign but I don’t remember any of that being greenbelt or at Ashton Vale.

    The BB has exposed more dodgy connections in council -the rights of way committee farce was pumped full with PR, hence the fudge.

  7. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    July 19, 2011 11:09 am

    Sacredspring. As you well know, the Town Green/ Landfill site makes up just a tiny part of the Greenbelt surrounding south Bristol and only a minority part of the area under threat of development under the RSS. Nomatter how many dodgy dealings took place, and I’m sure there were many, it does not alter the fact that the EP were, if anything, supportive of the campaign to prevent development of the SB Greenbelt and I stand by what I said before.

  8. Hartcliffe Herald permalink
    July 19, 2011 8:23 pm

    I’m sorry Paul, but any attempts by the BEP to campaign against the Green Belt development really seem to have slipped through my net.

    Maybe today’s example was just badly phrased?

    “Campaigners turn to ‘village green’ tactic”

    Seriously, BEP hacks have come out against any attempts to protect Green Belt in recent years.

    They have put in a few ‘aww bless’ articles about communities that either have no legal challenge on the usage or is about land BCC would never consider selling, as a sop to the masses.

    When a legitimate claim is approved against a project they support, they scream the house down.

  9. Richard Lane permalink
    July 19, 2011 8:59 pm


    You have again made a vitriolic outburst based on a mistaken view of my statement, try reading before posting. I did not say the club were banned from the GBCP, I said that opposition members tried to ban them. Meaning that they did not want them in the GBCP, so they tried to block their membership of that organisation. Obviously it is your memory and not mine that needs questioning when it comes to what actually happened.

    You say: “They just haven’t taken a proactive lead in local issues, fact”. The only real fact is that they were ostracised by a certain part of that community, the part that thought they
    knew better and thought they represented the community, which they certainly do not. As still after all this time and publicity, the general community do not know of or partake in the affairs of the GBCP, Fact.

    Another Sacredspring lie: “You as a singularly noisy non-resident don’t speak for a majority of residents as you so loudly proclaim”. Your failing memory lets you down once more.
    I have never claimed to speak for the local residents. I am after all local to Bristol at least, which many of your co-opposition cronies are not. Even the local green party councillor is ably assisted in policy forming for the area and south Bristol as a whole, by a Knowle resident. So if it’s good enough for the green party to have an outsider making policy decisions for the area, then I feel I can have a shout as well.
    You have welcomed opposition voices from anywhere possible, to swell your puny ranks. Remember the voices of Shortwood, Long Ashton, DRAG, Whitchurch, SOGS, FROGS, CRE, Green party, FOE. TFGB. Isn’t it funny how membership for one group often includes membership of, or close association with another like minded group?
    I suppose you’ll try to counter with football fans signing a petition. That is of course different than starting a petition against a development on the other side of a city that you aren’t even a ratepayer in, because it helps your own personal cause or political beliefs.

  10. July 24, 2011 12:44 am

    Fact is local residents have to sort out the mess that the clubs directors dump on local residents while the football chiefs live in distant comfort elsewhere. How many club directors live in Bedminster region? How many live in this country? Its up to them to take a lead in community affairs, if they were the slightest bit interested. Dumping the biggest hypermarket in the South West on the area is a cynical act of community destruction. They should hang their heads in shame, like the Murdochs.

  11. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    July 24, 2011 11:56 am

    For an interesting situation read about the plans of Wycombe FC and Wasps RFC who hope to relocate to a new stadium. The original ground, built 1990, had its Greenbelt status withdrawn by a Government inspector in 2008 meaning the sell on value of the land jumped from £4,000 per acre to £1 million per acre. Surprise, surprise, the site for their new stadium also happened to be in the Greenbelt. If your interested further Google “Wycombe Air Park”. As Brian Robson said in the Dispatches program last Mon. (also worth watching), you can sale your training ground to a supermarket and build another in the GB. This Greenbelt thing is certainly becoming popular!

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