Media 21: Starve protesting farmers of the oxygen of publicity? Is a police state just around the corner?

Demonstrations and meetings are no longer being reported in the national press though the regional media is covering them. The latest Farmers Guardian had a VERY short paragraph at the bottom of one page. Has the word gone out from on high to ‘cool it’?

Responding to a post on this theme on the website of the Fair Deal Food Campaign, farmer Julian Rose says:

It has to be remembered that the media appear to be owned/controlled by the government (BBC) and by industry (ITV). The government, however, also appears to be owned and controlled by industry (corporations). When they start to hurt, the blinds are pulled down and no more main stream publicity is allowed.

Campaigning without any access to mainstream media becomes a different proposition. There is a need to concentrate on how to remain effective in spite of this blockage. All areas of ‘resistance’ are now affected by the same top down control mechanisms. Is a police state just around the corner?

Establish direct dealing with the public, as it is feared that no government officials are trustworthy

This requires us to establish direct dealing with the public, as it is feared that no government officials are trustworthy. Farmers are very slow to recognise this and therefore place themselves in invidious positions that increasingly have no way out.

True – and Andrew Hemming, vice-chairman of Farmers for Action, is so skilled in the art that he could take masterclasses for farmers in dealing directly and persuasively with the public.
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Posted on August 29, 2012, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Parliamentary failure, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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