- the five right-wing billionaires who own the printed press,
- the small group of anonymous Tory strategists running the country,
- the state broadcaster flirting dangerously close to charter compliance
- and about 170 Labour MPs worried about future employment
Hippo presents evidence from two separate academic reports which have concluded that UK news outlets are blatantly biased against Jeremy Corbyn. A study by the London School of Economics found that three quarters of newspapers either ignore or distort Corbyn`s views and comments and act as an aggressive “attack dog” rather than a critical “watchdog”.
A second study by Birkbeck University and the Media Reform Coalition found “clear and consistent bias” against Corbyn in both broadcast and online news feeds with his opponents being allowed double the coverage than his supporters.
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The study described a “strong tendency” within the BBC for its reporters to use pejorative language to describe Corbyn and his chums with words such as hostile, hard core, left-wing, radical, revolutionary and Marxist.
Hippo adds: “With my very own ears I heard a senior BBC radio correspondent describe the Labour leadership election as “a battle between Marxists and moderates”. And the strange conclusion is:
“After a year of astonishing negativity, utterly preposterous smears, brutal personal attacks, nasty digs, front bench resignations and a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs who accuse unelectable Corbyn of disloyalty and fracturing the party, the bloke was re-elected as party leader increasing his share of the vote to 61.6 %.
“Unelectable? maybe not if the electorate actually has a full rather than half a brain”.
Read the Plastic Hippo’s article here: http://www.thebrummie.net/strong-message-here/
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The work is publicly funded through a £696,000 grant from the government’s UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and $294,000 from the US Department of Agriculture. Other partners include the universities of Lancaster and Illinois.
PCU has therefore been watching with keen interest the struggle between the Australian mining corporates and their prime minister, Kevin Rudd, over his plans for a super tax on their “super profits”. The May proposal to levy a 40% tax on the profits of mining companies drew criticism from the resources sector with Xstrata Plc and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. putting expansions worth $21 billion on hold.
Rudd was faced with accusations of political cowardice after shelving the centrepiece of his environmental strategy, an Emissions Trading Scheme. It is worth noting that his successor, Julia Gillard, was reported via the Wall Street Journal to have been instrumental in forcing the government to abandon the emissions trading scheme.
PCU’s webmaster notes that Ms Gillard has a background in industrial law and lives in Altona,Victoria, a state in which there are three open cast mines producing coal used for baseload power generation. Global mining giant Altona Resources Ltd is promoting the development of the company’s huge coal resources in the state’s Arckaringa Basin. This prompting led to further investigation.
Today in Businessweek Sundance Resources Ltd, the Australian-based iron ore explorer with extensive operations in Africa, said: “There’s “no doubt” that Julia Gillard, who ousted Kevin Rudd as Australian prime minister today, will change the government’s proposed 40% tax on mining projects.”
Like Xstrata Plc and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., Sundance will be rejoicing at the restoration of the prospect additional billion dollar profits following the easily accomplished political change.
This is extremely disheartening news for those who condemn the undemocratic political corporate nexus.
While Mr Rudd lost political support over a number of policies, he was fatally damaged by the backlash from mining companies over the government’s decision to impose a so-called superprofits tax on the resources sector. . .
Ms Gillard indicated a speedy reshaping of the contentious resources tax by stressing the need for certainty. She vowed to jettison the government’s pro-resource tax advertisements and asked that the mining industry abandon its anti-tax advertising campaign . . .
Global miner BHP Billiton said it was encouraged by Ms Gillard’s comments and would suspend its anti-resources tax advertisements immediately. The company said it looked forward to working with the government to find a solution.
A well-funded campaign against the tax, led by some of the country’s richest people in tandem with mining companies such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, had seen Labor support plummet in resource-rich states such as Queensland and Western Australia.