Coincidently, 2010 is when the Conservatives won the General Election and came to office for the first time since John Major. They got into power via a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, you know, that party that promised to wipe tuition fees and then went on to tag team with the Conservatives to triple the price… yeah, they’d rather you forgot about that. We wouldn’t.
The Conservatives, now known as the Conservative and Unionist Party since their re-election in 2017, have made a number of changes since their reign of horror began, which has led to the BBC’s different departments to become mouthpieces for the Government. Here are some:
– Important posts have been filled with pro-government figures from the private sector, such as David Clementi (former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. He is currently Chairman of the BBC), James Harding (Former Times editor, Director of BBC News from August 2013 until 1 January 2018), Robbie Gibb (Former editor of the BBC’s Sunday Politics and Daily Politics programmes, brother of Conservative MP Nick Gibb) and Rona Fairhead (Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, was the last Chair of the BBC Trust before its abolition)
– Direct links with the manipulative tabloid press has been strengthened through Downing Street giving important positions to characters such as Andy Coulson (He was the editor of the News of the World from 2003 until his resignation in 2007, following the conviction of one of the newspaper’s reporters in relation to illegal phone-hacking. He subsequently joined David Cameron’s personnel as communications director) and Craig Oliver (He is a British news editor, producer and media executive, and the former Director of Communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Previously, he was Controller of English news output for BBC Global News, responsible for commissioning the news content for the corporation’s English-language global services, including the BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC News Online).
– The recruitment of people like Alison Fuller Pedley, of Mentorn Media, who is responsible for choosing who gets to go on the Question Time audience. She has been found retweeting fascists Britain First as seen below:
– And Sarah Sands, former editor of the Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, who now edits Radio 4’s Today programme.
– In June 2010, of John Browne (Baron Browne of Madingley) was assigned to the post of ‘Lead Non-Executive Director’ for Downing Street. His role being that of ‘recruiting business leaders to reformed departmental boards’ – Browne’s questionable history at BP notwithstanding, remember Deep Horizon?!
– All of this was kept quiet, with underhand activity that has been largely unreported and has given the current Conservative government immense power within fashionable and influential circles. This means they can not only dictate what information is made available to the public, but also the manner in which it is presented. History is full of examples of unscrupulous political leaders exercising control over the populace by taking control of the means of communication.
If you haven’t read 1984 by George Orwell, maybe now is the time. Why do we pay a license fee? You tell me. We would like to thank Marcus Moore, a former BBC scriptwriter who has worked for the last three decades as a freelance writer, theatre practitioner and arts consultant who made us aware of these facts.