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Via the Brummie, Political Concern has discovered the Plastic Hippo’s list of agents who wish the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn to be seen as unelectable:

  • the five right-wing billionaires who own the printed press,
  • the small group of anonymous Tory strategists running the country,
  • the state broadcaster flirting dangerously close to charter compliance
  • and about 170 Labour MPs worried about future employment

plastic-hippoHippo presents evidence from two separate academic reports which have concluded that UK news outlets are blatantly biased against Jeremy Corbyn. A study by the London School of Economics found that three quarters of newspapers either ignore or distort Corbyn`s views and comments and act as an aggressive “attack dog” rather than a critical “watchdog”.

A second study by Birkbeck University and the Media Reform Coalition found “clear and consistent bias” against Corbyn in both broadcast and online news feeds with his opponents being allowed double the coverage than his supporters.


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The study described a “strong tendency” within the BBC for its reporters to use pejorative language to describe Corbyn and his chums with words such as hostile, hard core, left-wing, radical, revolutionary and Marxist.

Hippo adds: “With my very own ears I heard a senior BBC radio correspondent describe the Labour leadership election as “a battle between Marxists and moderates”. And the strange conclusion is:

“After a year of astonishing negativity, utterly preposterous smears, brutal personal attacks, nasty digs, front bench resignations and a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs who accuse unelectable Corbyn of disloyalty and fracturing the party, the bloke was re-elected as party leader increasing his share of the vote to 61.6 %.

“Unelectable? maybe not if the electorate actually has a full rather than half a brain”.

Read the Plastic Hippo’s article here:






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Birmingham City Council is reviewing arrangements for local democracy in the city. Ten years ago the responsibility for some local services and budgets was devolved to district committees.

brum 4From 25 February until 30 March 2015, city residents will be asked what they think works and how they want to get involved in future – for example through neighbourhood forums and parish councils.

Four public meetings are being held  for those who want to join the discussion with local councillors, council officers and community groups. Meetings  from 6-8pm, at the dates & venues below. An overview can be read here.

Click on the links below to book a place at a specific meetings.

East Birmingham

16 March – South Yardley Library, Yardley Road B25 8LT

South Birmingham

17 March – Beeches Management Centre, 76 Selly Oak Road B30 1LS

Central/West Birmingham

19 March – Yenton Primary School, Chester Road B24 OED

We are encouraging local ward committees, neighbourhood forums and organisations in sectors such as higher education, media and public affairs and business, to organise their own debates on community governance and send us their feedback.

After the consultation results have been analysed, we will publish a draft response to the Sutton Coldfield community governance petition in the summer and let residents have a final say. We will continue to work with Birmingham residents to create a flexible community governance model that can develop according to changing needs.

As CNN reporters wrote, earlier this year, “since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology”.

A reader draws our attention to the New York Times, in which the former deputy director of the CIA Michael Morrell called the storming of the Charlie Hebdo headquarters “the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the attacks in London in July of 2005.”

But the worst terrorist attack in Europe between the 2005 London bombings and today’s Paris shootings was in 2011 when a white right-wing Norwegian ‘political extremist’ named Anders Breivik killed 77 people during a rampage through Oslo and a nearby summer camp; this seems to have been ignored.

Thom Hartmann comments: ‘If Breivik’s name were “Omar” and he said that he acted in the name of Islam as opposed to “Europe” and Christianity, I doubt people like Michael Morell would forget who he is or what he did.’