jeudi, décembre 08, 2016

DOCUMENTARY: 'LONDON CALLING: BBC bias during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum'

BBC coverage bias during 2014 Scottish Referendum  (1hr 9mins)
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'London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referendum' by G.A.Ponsonby is the original book which inspired the above documentary. It is a major exposé of BBC Scotland's political news manipulation. It is generously illustrated with screenshots of BBC webpage imagery and headline manipulation. The book chronicles in compelling detail copious examples of flagrant bias in the influential broadcaster's coverage of Scottish politics and of the 2014 independence referendum in particular. 
For chapter headings go

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lundi, décembre 05, 2016

Wee Flea: The Tyranny of the Progressives – Another Step Backwards

The Tyranny of the Progressives – Another Step Backwards
by The Wee Flea (Dec 2, 2016)

You may have missed it but yesterday was a significant day in the British Parliament.  It almost passed me by, but in the providence of God I happened to be watching the UK Parliament Channel (as one does) and saw the seeds of the coming disaster being sown. Bigger than Brexit, more dangerous than Same Sex Marriage, this story has gone largely unheralded and unannounced, except in a few in-house LGBT activist groups and the reliably liberal Huffington Post. The story is the first Transgender ‘debate’ in the UK parliament, on a report from the Women and Equalities Committee. Some people think that what happened in the House of Commons today is not very important at all – the BBC haven’t even reported on it.   But according to some of the MPs who took part in the debate, it is one of the most significant debates in recent Parliamentary history. I am very much inclined to agree with the latter.
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samedi, décembre 03, 2016

Dooyeweerd: Does historic humanist dichotomy give insight on Brexit, Trump, Euro-Right?

Dooyeweerd: Does Historic Humanist Dichotomy Give Insight on Brexit, Trump, Euro-Right?
Historical Humanist Dichotomy
"The deepest root of its dialectical character lies in the ambiguity of the Humanistic freedom-motive. The latter is the central driving force of the modern religion of human personality. And from its own depths it calls forth the motive to dominate nature, and thus leads to a religion of autonomous objective science in which there is no room for the free personality." (Herman Dooyeweerd, New Critique of Theoretical Thought)
The late Dutch thinker Herman Dooyeweerd lived through the Nazi occupation. The Dooyeweerd family sheltered JewsAfter the war Dooyeweerd wrote a long series of newspaper articles which were eventually published as the Dutch original of the book: 'Roots of Western Culture: Pagan, Secular and Christian Options'

In part of the book Dooyeweerd philosophically plumbs the origins of German fascism. There are various elements to this, but the strand to note here refers to the corrosive influence of "historicism": Classical Humanism (circum French Revolution) had posited rationalist (Natural Mechanistic Law) absolutes which over-arched time. By the early 20th C, in the wake of Romanticism, an irrationalist (Lawless Personal Freedom) counter-polarity of humanism was taking over. Absolutization of the Historical Aspect (see Chart of Aspects below) began sucking everything into an existential maelstrom. 
Historical Aspect (Law-Sphere)
There were now NO absolutes spanning time. Norms were only provisional - a fleeting consensus within a universal flux:
"It calls itself dynamic, believing that all of reality moves and unfolds historically. It directs its polemic against static views that adhere to fixed truths. It considers reality one-sidedly in the light of historical becoming and development, arguing that everything is purely historical in character. This 'historicism', as it is called, knows of no eternal values. All of life is caught up in the stream of historical development. From this point of view the truths of the Christian faith are just as relative and transient as the ideals of the French Revolution [...]  
"Following the example of the mathematical and natural sciences, earlier humanistic theory had always sought after the universally valid laws that control reality. It constructed an 'eternal order of natural law' out of the 'rational nature of humankind'. This order was totally independent of historical development, and was valid for every nation at all times and in all places. The earlier rationalistic humanism displayed little awareness of the individual traits of peoples and nations. All individual things were regarded as mere instances or examples of a universal rule and were reduced to a universal order. This reduction highlights the rationalistic tendency of this type of humanistic thought.  
"But as a result of the polarity of its religious ground-motive, humanism veered to the other extreme after the French Revolution. Rationalistic humanism turned into irrationalistic humanism, which rejected all universally valid laws and order. It elevated individual potential to the status of law. Irrationalistic humanism was not inspired by the exact mathematical and natural sciences but by art and the science of history. Art revealed the 'genius' and uniqueness of individuality. This 'romanticism', which for a time dominated western culture during the Restoration period after Napoleon's fall, was the source of the view of reality defended by the Historical School." (Herman Dooyeweerd, 'Roots of Western Culture' pp 43, 50)
But Communism resisted this. It still subscribed to time-transcending laws:
"It should not be forgotten that communism in its Marxian and Bolshevist sense is primarily a spiritual power, a secularized eschatological faith in the final liberation of mankind in a future classless society" (Dooyeweerd, 'A New Critique of Theoretical Thought' Vol 4 p 602).
Finally, getting to our main point, German Fascism also (goose-) stepped out of the flux. Nazism recognized no laws above itself EXCEPT the genius and destiny of the German volk. This also involved the secularization of a Christian motif:
"When the Historical School attempted to understand the whole of culture, language, art, jurisprudence, and the economic and social orders in terms of the historical development of an individual national spirit, it elevated the national character to the status of the origin of all order. It therefore denied the truth that the individual creature always remains subject to law. It argued that if the individual potential of a man or nation is the only law for development and action, then this potential cannot be evaluated in terms of a universally valid law. Accordingly, any nation was considered to act rightly and legitimately if it simply followed the historical fate or goal implicit in its individual potential or disposition.  
"This view of reality was historicistic in the sense explained above. Although the Historical School fundamentally rejected the validity of general laws, it nevertheless tried to compensate for this by seeking to reach a kind of compromise with the Christian belief in 'divine providence'. It proclaimed divine providence to be a 'hidden' law of history, arguing that God's providence rules the history of a nation. As the Christian mask was laid aside, 'providence' was replaced by Schicksal, the historical destiny or fate of a nation. Schicksal played the same role as divine providence; it operated as a norm for the development of a national character.  
"Careful readers will have noted how closely this view approaches the spiritual atmosphere of national socialism and its appeal to providence, to the 'Destiny of the German People'  [Schicksal des deutschen Volkes]. We will do well to keep the affinity between national socialism and the Historical School in mind, for later we will see that nazism must be considered primarily a degenerate fruit of the historicism propagated by the Historical School." (Dooyeweerd, 'Roots of Western Culture' p 52)
Plausible connections to the social dynamics leading to Brexit, to Donald Trump, and to what is happening more widely in European politics, seem not so difficult to make. The crumbling of so many social pillars leave people psychologically vulnerable. They face an increasing overload of choices. The security of tradition and the relief of everyday routine diminish. There is a stalling of national and international direction.

Laws seem politicised and arbitrary. Authoritarian so-called 'progressive' governments marginalise and indeed criminalise 'traditional' views, cynically intimidating the populace into a silence which is then hailed as endorsement. The elite mantra is relentlessly megaphoned by radio, television, and cinema: The need to be "on the right side of history" is absolute. The youth by and large become true believers. The mortality of recalcitrant older folk is (how can it be delicately phrased?) not a matter of deepest regret.

 The Ships of State pitch as the oceans heave. Captains are sought who promise at least some return to stability.... 

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jeudi, décembre 01, 2016

Business for Scotland: What is the true cost of Scotland's EU membership?

Ajoutée le 25 avr. 2016
Recorded live at the BfS EU Q&A event, Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, CEO of Business for Scotland, presents his own detailed research into the true cost and benefits of EU membership to Scotland. Turns out the economic benefit to Scotland of EU membership is radically different to that of the UK as whole and the EU effectively redistributes the wealth of the UK away from London and the South East to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.


mercredi, novembre 30, 2016

GA Ponsonby: BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption

BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption
GA Ponsonby (30 Nov 2016)

BBC Scotland chiefs have come under fire after the station’s flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland described an Irish minister as ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’.

The blunder appeared during a news report covering First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to the Republic.

The item included a statement from Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan.  However instead of his official title appearing in a caption, the phrase ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ was displayed instead.  The blunder has led to anger on social media.

The blunder followed embarrassment the previous evening when so-called ‘technical problems’ prevented Reporting Scotland from covering the first day of Nicola Sturgeon’s historic visit to Ireland.

The visit, which saw the First Minister become the first ever head of a foreign government to address the Irish Senate, has proved difficult for BBC Scotland.  Its correspondent Glenn Campbell faced criticism for appearing to focus on negative aspects of the trip.  Campbell was also ridiculed after he bizarrely mis-translated the Gaelic ‘Ceud Mile Failte’, which means ‘One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ by claiming it had only meant fifty thousand.
BBC Scotland difficulties continued into Tuesday when a Good Morning Scotland interview with Fine Gael politician Jerry Buttimer had to be cut short after it too was hit by technical problems (audio clip on INDYREF2 page HERE)

These latest blunders will do little to assuage the concerns of those already convinced that the BBC operates a pro-Union agenda.  Some Yes activists are already planning to highlight what they believe was BBC corruption during the last independence referendum should Scotland enter a second official campaign.

A documentary ‘London Calling’ which provides evidence of pro-Union BBC Bias during Indyref1 is currently being screened at venues throughout Scotland.  An appeal has been launched with the aim of distributing DVDs of the documentary into homes of people who may not otherwise get to see the seventy minute film.
by GA Ponsonby INDYREF2
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'London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referendum' by G.A.Ponsonby is a major must-read exposé of BBC Scotland's political news manipulation, chronicling the highly influential broadcaster's output with respect to coverage of Scottish politics and the 2014 independence referendum in particular. This book now forms the basis of the new documentary which is about to be uploaded (mid-Dec 2016) to YouTube.
For chapter headings go

Also on Kindle for £1.99

GA Ponsonby: UK Foreign Office ridiculed after embarrassing Forth Bridge blunder

New Forth Road "Queensferry Crossing" Bridge.
Note older road bridge overlapped just behind to left, 
and glimpse of rail bridge on far left.
Foreign Office ridiculed after embarrassing Forth Bridge blunder
by GA Ponsonby (29 Nov 2016)

The UK Foreign Office has been ridiculed after confusing the 126 year old Forth Rail Bridge with the new Replacement Crossing.
Social media users initially thought a spoof Twitter account was behind an image of the iconic red steel structure alongside text which read: 
“Opening in 2017, the 2.7 km Queensferry Crossing will be the longest 3 tower cable-stayed bridge in the world”
Beneath the text was a Union flag logo with a slogan which read: 
However it quickly became apparent that the tweet wasn’t in fact a spoof, but was indeed the official twitter account of the Foreign Office.  The blunder quickly circulated amongst pro-independence twitter users with many expressing disbelief. Others mocked the blunder by posting spoof images of other bridges claiming these were in fact the replacement crossing:
The attempt by the UK Foreign Office to claim credit for the replacement bridge, which has been funded entirely by the Scottish Government, was also ridiculed.  SNP MSP Christina McKelvie tweeted: 
“not only is it the wrong bridge it’s nothing to do with the UK Gov…… #Riddy”.
Despite the blunder, the Foreign Office has yet to delete its tweet.

by GA Ponsonby INDYREF2


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