Semi-live coverage of House of Commons Debate

Michael Keaney michael.keaney at mbs.fi
Tue Mar 18 07:05:29 MST 2003


Lou Paulsen writes:

(the www.bbc.co.uk site had an audio link for a while, but it doesn't seem
to be working now.  It was working when Blair was on.)

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Yesterday BBC World gave live coverage of Jack Straw's statement to the
House of Commons and the debate following that. Following the Conservative
response, some fawning from backbench Labour loyalist toadies (e.g. Clive
Soley) and some careful footwork from the Liberal Democrats, former SNP
leader Alex Salmond launched into an attack which was cut off in mid-flow by
the London studio announcer -- "we'll have to leave it there ... news up
next", followed by adverts for the Malaysian tourist board and, believe it
or not, Qatar! Considering the number of times in recent months when viewers
have had to forego their scheduled diet of state propaganda to listen to the
obscene drivel propagated by Donald Rumsfeld live from the Pentagon, this
unusual adherence to programme schedule suggests that clear instructions
have gone out inside the BBC that staff should not do anything to undermine
"our boys" or something like that.

Sickening.

Michael Keaney



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