Ofcom and The Prostitute State gag the Green Party.
Ofcom and The Prostitute State gag the Green Party by Donnachadh McCarthy
I could not sleep hardly at all last night.
What kept me awake was a very normal sounding sentence that followed the Radio 4 News bulletin yesterday announcing that the General Election campaign had started.
The announcer quoted a short statement from the leaders of the Tory, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP parties.
I waited but there was no statement from the Green Party leader.
It was then that I suddenly realised that The Prostitute State, had via our media “regulator” Ofcom, potentially succeeded in keeping the horrifically urgent climate-crisis off the media agenda, for this crucial general election, the last one where we can seriously do something signifcant in time.
This is because I realised that, now that we are in general election mode, the broadcast media including the BBC (but not the right wing billionaire owned papers) by law have to give equal time to the “major” parties.
But Ofcom (our supposed media “regulator” had shamefully recently ruled that UKIP was a major party but not the Greens (who have more MEPs than the Lib Dems and who are running neck and neck with them in the polls are not a major party.)
When you add this to my realisation, last week, during Occupy Rupert Murdoch Week, that ALL five of the corrupt 5 billionaires who control over 80% of our newspapers, are criminal climate-crisis deniers.
Nothing will appear in their papers supporting urgent climate action during the general election, indeed they will continue to oppose any worthwhile action.
You therefore get the real depth of Ofcom’s failure to ensure the most important issue of our generation gets the general election coverage it deserves.
All of the major parties that Ofcom recognised, support fracking, support investment in yet more North Sea Oil and support the maximisation of UK fossil fuel profits and employment.
The only party that doesn’t is the Green Party ( which of course is also the only UK wide party to oppose Nuclear Power, oppose GM, oppose Trident Renewal, to oppose austerity, oppose populist rhetoric on terrorism and immigration, supports real investment in cycling infrastructure, drugs war reform etc etc ).
Surely Ofcom’s key role is to ensure media diversity and ensure the voters are properly informed?
It suddenly occurred to me to check if The Prostitute State had its claws in this regulator also.
A quick Google revealed that the Deputy Chair of Ofcom Baroness Noakes is a Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
RBS is the UK’s biggest banking corporate investor in dirty fossil fuels.
No wonder Noakes does not want us to hear the Green Party’s views on fossil fuels! Her corporation makes a killing out of killing the planet!!
Noakes was also one of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the UK, heading up lobbying for KPMG.
So Noakes beautifully encapsulates so many pillars of The Prostitute State.
She is simultaneously and outrageously a legislator, a regulator, a director of a fossil fuel investing corporation and a former lobbyist!!!
I was kept awake wondering what we can do about this?
Bizarrely as I was writing this a petition appeared on my timeline about this very issue – so that is a small first step we can take:
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