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12 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

The big issue with the licence fee debate is kicking off again. It’s a bloody complex one.

People who are very right think the BBC is very left.

People who are pretty left think the BBC is very right.

It’s a really bizarre one. I think both parties are wrong personally. I think the issue is that both parties usually despise hearing opinions different from their own, and feel like because they are paying for this service it should reflect what they believe.

Don’t really know how this will ever get sold as people gradually divide to become more and more either left or right leaning.

Problem is how it is funded. They are effectively cutting funding now with this freeze and with inflation, so BBC will produce less, and export less. Not sure political bias cones into it, Tories don't like it because it's publicly funded.

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I see Useless Dowden - who was culture secretary last year - is now claiming he wants to fix the culture in no. 10. After doing his utmost to destroy culture everywhere over the past two years.

Incompetence seaps out of every pore of that man.

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14 hours ago, steviewevie said:

This is from biased BBC's Nick Eardley...

Sue Gray's report is a fact-finding mission but within government it is expected she will say whether various gatherings were appropriate or not.

She will not say whether gatherings or parties broke the law - or what any punishments should be.

There is no date scheduled for its publication yet. The hope is it can be published as soon as possible - possibly by the end of the week.

However, I understand because some allegations have just come to light, it is possible it could be published the week after.

she's got a lot to do, there's eighteen parties to be investigated.

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It has nothing to do with the perceived bias. Its an excuse.

The BBC is one of the biggest media organisations in the world with a brand that is more or less the gold standard for news and reporting and programming that is syndicated everywhere.

The capital value of the BBC is in the tens of billions of £. It would easily be one of the largest companies on the FTSE.

As with royal mail, as with the utilies, as with student loans, as with rail, as with the NHS - privatising the BBC would end up being extremely profitable for the private money that fills in the vacuum left by the government pulling out. Thats what its really about.

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12 minutes ago, mattiloy said:

privatising the BBC would end up being extremely profitable for the private money that fills in the vacuum left by the government pulling out. Thats what its really about.

i reckon they'd be a good case for awarding the shares rto those households who pay the last five years of licence fee,. if that idea took and stuck it'd screw up the govt plans.

after they came for the bbc, they came for the nhs.

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I expect we're going to see a rash of announcements. Anything and everything to try and distract the public and move the issue on. It's a well known tactic. Expect a  reannouncement of building a bridge to Ireland and combining it with a garden!

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8 minutes ago, Lycra said:

I expect we're going to see a rash of announcements. Anything and everything to try and distract the public and move the issue on. It's a well known tactic. Expect a  reannouncement of building a bridge to Ireland and combining it with a garden!

more govt by bullshit.

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26 minutes ago, Lycra said:

I expect we're going to see a rash of announcements. Anything and everything to try and distract the public and move the issue on. It's a well known tactic. Expect a  reannouncement of building a bridge to Ireland and combining it with a garden!

One of the papers yesterday said part of ‘Operation Save Big Dog’ was populist announcements…

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On 1/15/2022 at 11:38 PM, Ozanne said:

I’m not sure on that yet as I think it’ll galvanise the Tories and potentially draw a line under it. However it could also tar the Tories by sticking with Johnson. I think it’s probably wise to wait, see what else comes out and then call the VONC after something else damaging is out.

The other aspect is that it doesn’t trigger a GE straight away. Under the FTPA there would be 2 weeks for someone to be able to command the confidence of the Commons, if no one can’t then an election is called. It would be too messy for the Tories as they’d either have to go into an election with Johnson or rush a leadership election. 

The Lib Dems have now tabled a Vote of No Confidence:

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/lib-dems-motion-of-no-confidence-johnson/

Hopefully Labour will back them in opposing the Tories.

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The Tories have found 2 ways to make me angry in one day. Their attack on the BBC is horrible news, but they are also planning an attack on end to end encryption, which is the digital equivalent of saying nobody should have locks on their house doors:

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/revealed-uk-government-publicity-blitz-to-undermine-privacy-encryption-1285453/?fbclid=IwAR3Nm8Q8U6XzR5QYKnZZtb_fy3iY0eV-1uf9HxDAVaQPF41pvhpelcLUIUQ

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