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William Hague's plans for the Middle East

BBC Radio 4 (The Today Show) - 5 May 2011

Following William Hague's annual foreign policy speech at Mansion House, in which he suggested that the Middle East should open up their markets, former British ambassador to Libya Oliver Miles suggests that this is a mechanism by which "Europe stands to gain, but the Arab states don't stand to gain very much".

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The 'biggest problems' with the use of US drones in war

BBC Radio 4 (The Today Show) - 22 April 2011

In a discussion about the use of US drones in Libya, Aleem Maqbool suggests that the biggest problem with the use drones is that they are used “as something of a recruiting tool” for terrorists.

The discussion then goes on to say that the issue is that the “intelligence has been wrong in the past”, the usual excuse for civilian casualties. The reality of the drone deaths is not allowed to be aired without the counter-argument that “there is some research that civilian deaths are quite low”

Humphrys also suggests that in Libya “nonetheless, they could be highly effective”

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News Headlines assume immigration problem

BBC 4 (The Today Show) - 14 April 2011

The BBC News headlines this morning said that David Cameron would 'acknowledge' problems with immigration in a speech later today.

This suggests that there is a confirmed problem that the Prime Minister is now addressing.

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John Humphrys on Iceland

BBC 4 (The Today Show) - 12 April 2011

John Humphrys says "We will be asking the President of Iceland why they won't give us back the money we lent them", which is anything but a neutral way of introducing an issue which is contested.

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John Humphrys promotes government cuts

BBC 4 (The Today Show) - 8 April 2011

John Humphrys has repeated the government line that cuts are necessary, suggesting that spending must be cut 'savagely' in Ireland, Greece and Portugal. Listen to the clip for the full qoute.

The assumptions behind this are:
- these countries were profligate and have spent beyond their means
- they are asking to be rescued by more responsible countries
- they have to cut their spending, because that's the root of the problem

All this is a highly partisan view. Others would say that

- the problem is caused by appallingly bad banking practices
- the banks losses have been socialised, to protect the bondholders
- the beneficiaries of eg the Irish bailout are largely German, French and UK banks
- the people paying the price through cuts didn't cause this crisis
- the problem is now being made worse by speculators driving up interest rates
- it is not "obvious", as Humphrys claims, that spending should be cut. This would depress demand and prolong recession.

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Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander lies about NI changes

BBC 4 (The Today Show) - 6 April 2011

Danny Alexander said, when speaking of the tax changes coming into force that "…it also includes lifting threshold on NI, so for people at the very bottom it is beneficial..."

This is of course not true, because the National Insurance threshold does not affect people at the 'very bottom'. The threshold means that currently those earning £847/week pay 1% national insurance on earnings over this threshold, so this change affects those earning in the region of £44,000.

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Alan Milburn discusses social mobility

BBC 4 (The Today Show) - 5 April 2011

Listen to what happens here as soon as a discussion gets close to questioning the suitability of the general capitalist society that we live within. Upon discussing social mobility with Alan Milburn, the presenter listens to the problem of social mobility and suggests that “all areas [of government] need to be improved and optimised”

Alan Milburn brushes it away by saying “it would be lovely if there was a silver bullet that we could fire and we could put everything right but life isn’t like that”

A discussion addressing the correction of these problems would be outside the bounds of what is proposed by any major government party and such a discussion would seemingly be heresy.

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George Galloway Interview

BBC Radio Scotland (Good Morning Scotland) - 21 March 2011

George Galloway gets routine treatment from the mainstream press when interviewed about the Libya intervention.

After putting forward his arguments against the intervention, the interviewer contemptuously summarises Galloway's remarks with the questoin "So, ultimately then you are concerned about this because Colonel Gaddafi might get hurt?".

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Blaming previous government for all wrongdoing

BBC Radio 4 (PM with Eddie Mair) - 9 March 2011

The lies from the government about the Libyan no-fly zone are exposed as Eddie Mair questions the international development secretary Andrew Mitchell.

The interviewee simply avoids any tough questions. Note also the recurring theme of the Conservative government singling out the previous government for any blame regarding the UK’s international behaviour.

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Noam Chomsky on global issues

BBC Newsnight - 8 March 2011

Jeremy Paxman learns from Noam Chomsky why some people might not be content with accepting things as they are.

Paxman: Can I finish with a personal question? You're how old now?
Chomsky: 82
Paxman: Why haven't you mellowed?

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