FLAME THE A journal for the moral, thinking man


Extracts from a book written by Roy Bramwell in the 1970s. Part 1 "BBC   bias   has   become   such   a   well   known   feature   of   this   corporation   that   one   is   driven   to   ask:   "How   is   this   bias   achieved, and once achieved perpetuated?" Recruitment   is   obviously   the   key,   but   when   one   begins   to   look   for   how   it   is   done,   one   comes   up   against   a   wall   of   secrecy. We   know   that   copious   written   tests   are   used,   and   that   many   of   the   questions   are   used   to   gauge   the   political   stance   of   the interviewee.   The   BBC   employs   around   20,000   staff,   very   few   are   recruited   each   year   from   outside,   the   majority   are recruited   personally   or   by   advertisements   in   such   newspapers   as The   Guardian.   Promotion   is   given   to   those   who   prove   to be "a safe pair of hands" in regard to remaining within the permitted guidelines. Those    entering    the    BBC    journalism    department    have    to    be    graduates,    those    from    Oxbridge    are    preferred.   A    fair percentage   of   them   had   been   street   activists   of   the   far   left.   With   very   careful   control   to   ensure   that   all   workers   adhere   to the   same   international   socialist   ideology   it   is   easy   to   perpetuate   the   self-fulfilling   belief   that   "everybody   thinks   like   us"   in the enclosed atmosphere that is one of the most striking things about the BBC. The   BBC   can   on   occasions   criticise   the   Labour   Party   as   well   the   Conservatives,   but   it   is   always   true   to   its   political   agenda and   natural   instincts   of   liberalism   with   a   small   l.   This   is   seen   in   instances   such   as   during   the   1974   general   election   when Ludovik   Kennedy   said   to   Patrick   Cosgrave:   "Surely   you   shouldn't   criticise   a   decent   sort   of   chap   like   Edward   Heath."   Other "decent   sort   of   chaps"   who   do   not   get   criticised   include   Willy   Brandt,   Roy   Jenkins,   Shirley   Williams,   Peter   Hain,   Kenneth Kuanda, Nelson Mandela and Julius Nyerere. Spy   Guy   Burgess   was   employed   by   the   BBC   from   1937   to   1944   with   a   brief   break   at   the   War   Office.   He   ran   a   programme called   "This   Week   in   Parliament",   and   several   Members   of   Parliament   who   later   rose   to   high   office,   were   heard   to   say   that their   talks   on   it,   and   the   help   he   gave   them,   had   given   them   their   first   real   start   in   public   life.   Goronwy   Rees,   a   friend   of Burgess,   points   out,   "I   have   no   doubt   that   some   of   them,   under   his   influence,   found   themselves   expressing   ideas   which they never dreamed they possessed". Nearly   forty   years   on,   from   the   right   wing   Monday   Club   to   the   extreme-left   wing   Fabian   Society,   I   have   heard   MPs   and senior   political   appointees   complain   that   if   they   were   to   say   on   BBC   what   they   really   think,   they   would   never   be   invited again,   thus   injuring   their   careers.   The   BBC   may   claim   that   before   the   1974   election   Edward   Heath   and   Lord   Carrington had   exerted   strong   pressure   for   Enoch   Powell   to   be   censored   from   the   small   screen.   The   facts   are   that   while   ITV   had quoted   several   Enoch   Powell   speeches   the   BBC   had   not   quoted   any   at   all.   One   clue   as   to   the   BBC's   political   stance came   when   Leslie   Littlewood,   the   President   of   the   Association   of   Broadcasting   Staffs,   told   the   TUC   Conference   in December 1970 that his members in the BBC were "a damned sight further left than most of the delegates in the hall." One   abuse   of   the   system   was   a   series   called   "The   British   Empire"   which   was   a   typical   Anglo-American   production, designed   to   cater   for   the   sensibilities   and   prejudices   of   an American   audience.   It   was   also   typically   employed   to   justify   the black   Marxist   uprisings   which   led   to   the   total   destruction   of   the   former   colonies.   The   Free   Communication   Group   is   a notorious   agent   for   extreme   Trotskyite   bias   in   the   BBC.   Stuart   Hood   one   time   Controller   of   Programmes   was   arrested   for assault outside Rhodesia House in an anti-Rhodesia demonstration. The    Trotskyite    bias    cropped    up    again    in    a    radio    broadcast    about    violence,    one    might    have    expected    to    hear condemnation   of   violence;   but   no.   We   had   Kenneth Allsop   interviewing   Juliet   Mitchell,   Richard   Neville,   and   the   leader   of   a squatter   group,   on   how   and   why   violence   was   permissible   against   the   police   and   other   repressive   agents   of   the   State, etc., etc.. It   is   important   to   stress   again   that   the   BBC   is   not   suffering   simply   from   a   Labour   Party   bias,   but   from   a   belief   that   as   Sir Charles   Curran   said   on   the   10th   October   1970:   "We   are   all   Marxists   now."   A   sentiment   which   has   since   been   repeated! The   whole   direction   of   television   is   left   of   centre.   If   you   are   watching   a   programme   on   Brazil,   you   know   that   it   will   either   be about   negro-misery   in   shanty   towns   or   about   the   sufferings   of   left-wing   terrorists   under   the   "brutal   police   force".   If   you hear   trade   unions   being   discussed   in   the   context   of   countries   who   do   not   permit   them   (always   excepting   Russia   and China, of course), then it is assumed to be a very bad thing. BBC   guidelines   say   that   minorities   should   always   be   represented.   But   through   a   bias   towards   foreigners,   a   visitor   from Mars   could   form   the   impression   that   with   a   succession   of   various   immigrant   groups,   forever   given   air-time   compared   to the noticeable absence of white Britons, that it is we who are the poor refugees and alien misfits." The   introduction   to   the   book   begins   "There   can   be   few   people   in   Britain   today   who   would   dispute   the   fact   that   the communications   media   over   the   past   decade   have   suffered   serious   and   evident   erosion   of   their   traditional   freedom   of expression". Parallel   with   this   interference   with   our   fundamental   right   to   hear   and   read   the   truth   comes   the   repeated   assertion   that "times   have   changed",   the   implication   being   that   however   unacceptable   and   undesirable   social   and   political   trends become,   they   are   here   to   stay   and   no   one   must   be   allowed   to   question   or   challenge   them.   Changes,   which   the   great majority   of   us   know   to   be   inimical   to   our   best   interests,   must   be   blindly   embraced   in   the   name   of   what   our   commentators are   pleased   to   call   progress.   I   deliberately   link   these   observations   because   it   seems   to   me   they   are   co-related,   and together   represent   a   deliberate   attempt   to   disorientate   and   eventually   to   replace   the   chosen   British   way   of   life   with something alien, incompatible and completely out of character. The   BBC   has   been   at   the   forefront   of   a   relentless   campaign   of   what   is   variously   described   as   brainwashing   and   mind bending.   The   Corporation   is   rightly   proud   of   its   reputation   for   technical   mastery   but   those   matchless   machines   and techniques   have   become   instruments   of   national   destruction   through   the   endless   churning   out   of   moral   carrion,   trivia, denigration of British tradition and achievement, all of which mirror the miserable, disruptive face of unbridled socialism. Sir   Michael   Swann,   the   present   Chairman   of   the   BBC   Board   of   Governors,   insists   that   the   Corporation   is   an   autocracy answerable   to   know   one.   The   fact   is   that   it   belongs   to   the   British   people   by   virtue   of   whose   taxes   it   is   maintained.   It   also claims to be Britain's only national broadcasting company although the word "national" is a word they have tried to ban.
Last updated 20 th. Nov 2017
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