Posts Tagged “bbc”

Memo to the media: Clegg was first on Labour’s stealth tax, as Tories play catch-up

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Excuse me, while I discard my customery mode of politness, and begin to vent …
[vent] What is it with the media, and their inability to report the Lib Dems or our policies or statements?
The political news this morning has been dominated by a ‘Stealth tax’ dispute … PoliticsHome informs us that, ‘The Conservatives have […]

BBC issues usual Question Time non-response

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2010

Cast your mind back two weeks, and you may recall the BBC making a hash of selecting its panel for the weekly political discussion show Question Time.
In the week when the big political issues were the Iraq war, electoral reform and MPs’ expenses – on all of which the Lib Dems have a distinctive […]

Annoyed by BBC Question Time panel selection? Then you know what to do.

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2010

A couple of years back, I was moved to write to the BBC complaining about Question Time’s pro-Tory bias, regularly featuring Tory-supporting journalists alongside Tory MPs.
Well, that’ll learn me to be careful what you wish for. Because what do we have to look forward to on tonight’s QT panel? The following: an official Labour representative […]

Nick: fairness is the Lib Dems’ core value

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2010

‘It’s all about fairness’, is the refrain we can expect to hear a lot from Nick Clegg in the next few months, leading up to the 2010 general election. It was noticable that the word ‘fair’ was deployed in each one of Nick’s four key policy areas set out in his Times article yesterday on […]

Revealed … Nick Clegg’s preferred biscuit of choice

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2009

There’s been a story doing the rounds too inane even for me to want to read anything about it – the ‘controversy’ over Gordon Brown declining to name his favourite type of biscuit.
This is, according to some of the more desperate right-wing blogs, evidence of the Prime Minister’s tendency to dither. Or perhaps it’s […]

Daily View 2×2: 26 June 2009

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2009

Even to suggest today there are 2 Big Stories other than The One Big Story seems a trifle daft – the news that spread late yesterday evening of the death of Michael Jackson has dominated, and will continue to dominate, (…)

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Digital Britain: Lib Dems to oppose BBC licence fee top-slicing

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2009

The Government has just published its Digital Britain report, detailing the UK government’s strategy for broadband and digital content. The Guardian has a quick summary of its conclusions: • Illegal filesharing is “tantamount to theft”, repeat offenders will have their (…)

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This is what happens when journalists lower their standards #mpsexpenses

by Stephen Tall on May 23, 2009

A week ago, I wrote an article attacking the Telegraph’s coverage of the MPs’ expenses row under the deliberately provocative headline, What has the Telegraph done for the reputation of journalism? Amidst all the outrageous abuses by MPs that the (…)

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Should BBC licence fee-payers foot £150k 'Sachsgate' fine?

by Stephen Tall on April 5, 2009

No, says Don Foster, the Lib Dems’ shadow culture, media and sports secretary, following media regulator Ofcom’s announcement on Friday that it was fining the BBC £150,000 following the infamous prank calls made by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross on (…)

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Ever wondered what Vince earned for HIGNFY?

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2009

If so, then the Parliamentary Register of Members’ Interests is a must-read – though in fact Vince Cable’s articles for the Mail are a much better earner: CABLE, Dr. Vincent (Twickenham) Remunerated employment, office, profession etc Weekly column for Mail (…)

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