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Rupert Murdoch’s Orwellian Model for Sky TV

#GuardianBias #BBCbias #Sky

Taking over Sky TV would increase the influence of the Murdoch empire over politics. Murdoch already gets more meetings with powerful politicians than any other media baron.

Even the BBC is moving in this direction and that is a tragedy. No longer are the opinions of BBC News presenters opaque.

#GuardianBias #BBCbias #Sky

 


 

26 March 2017

 

Lol Coxhill

I Am The Walrus

#muso #sax


25 March 2017

Ten Years Ago

there was a

Chocolate Moon


25 March 2017

 

Five Years Ago

there was

Running and Ruining

Privatisation

Mobile Spy Parking Cams were on the agenda


25 March 2017

 

BBC Newsnight Embarrassed

Again I find myself agreeing with Simon Jenkins. See below.

#BBCbias #msm #c4News


23 March 2017

The Police did it Right, however... the MSM?

#BBCbias #msm #c4News

I found myself watching unedifying 24 Hour News on many platforms and some politicians failing to cope with yesterday's “terrorist” attack. First came the novice reporters on the ground struggling to describe without a script what was going on when they had no idea of what was going on.

Then came a wave of heavyweight reporters, Nick Robinson and others gave their perspective of their "no idea" of what was going on, but more eloquently laced with a knowing gravitas.

The media desire to hold the attention of their audience was desperate as it often is in such moments of crisis, and they should have taken the lead from the Police. The  constabulary put the media in their place, literally so beyond the cordon. Politicians were locked in for hours where they could do no harm.

I decided to ignore the 24 Hour News and wait for Channel Four News by which time clear heads might prevail.

The Police handled the situation with a clear understanding of what might be said and what might not be said about the matter.

Pointedly they refused to identify or speculate about the identity of the perpetrator or the victims and asked the media not to do so.

Simon Israel of Channel Four news ignored that request, and incorrectly identified the criminal by name.

This day at least they failed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.


ART

22 March 2017

Favoured Artist on Flickr

Ann Garcia

fred on grama's couch with art surrounding.

 


 

20 March 2017

Acrimony or Harmony?

News without #BBCbias undermining Jeremy Corbyn is hard to find.

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn issued a harmonious joint statement today saying they "recognised the right of groups across the spectrum of Labour's broad church to discuss their views and try to influence the party so long as they operate within the rules".

And "No one speaks for the leadership except the leadership themselves and their spokespeople,"

However, The BBC felt obliged to suggest acrimony with the headline.

Tom Watson attacks Momentum-Unite Labour 'plot'

Acrimony or Harmony?

George Osborne attacks May’s Vanity Portrait

George Osborne got to mention out loud and promote his new employer, “The Evening Standard,” today in the House of Commons without mentioning or complimenting Theresa May’s Voque Vanity portrait by Annie Leibovitz.

Acrimony or Harmony?

News without #BBCbias undermining Jeremy Corbyn is hard to find.


20 March 2017

 

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The Cameroons

 

The Hippo pages have had a Spring Clean

 #Politics #Hippo #PoliticsandConflict


ART

19 March 2017

The Resting Girl

#Art #Sculpture #Maquette

This girl, or rather the model that posed, held this pose for 15 hours. Circa 1990.

She was rotated 90 degrees every 15 minutes so each artist in our group got to say hello to her once an hour.

I have since acted as a model and I know that she would not have felt that she was “resting”.

This was my first attempt at a clay maquette  circa 1990.


17 March 2017

Dear Theressa, #sameoldtories

Esteemed Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, thank you for your email.

I doubt that you are are grammatically illiterate, but after the meaningless "Brexit means Brexit," mantle what am I supposed to make of your email, that claims that the EU referendum was about "changing the people for whom it works, forever".....  "and that applies to everyone." Excuse me?! Gobbledegook.

Theressa, you did not put that on the side of the bus. I double checked that. I found nothing about “changing people” . More about saving and increasing funding for the NHS.

I suggest you sack the illiterate person who wrote your meaningless e-mail assuming it wasn’t yourself.

I rule nothing out but it was clearly not intended for anyone interested in saving and increasing funding for the NHS.


15 March 2017

 

The Rats Gathered

#BBCbias #ElectoralFraud

#electoralreform #PMQT

Tory Laura cannot resist blaming Jeremy Corbyn for the Hammond / May Election Promise betrayal and U-turn fiasco.

The main stream media are symbiotically obsessed with undermining Jeremy Corbyn even when he is on the side of the angels.

During last week’s PMQT the MSM applauded Hammond’s prepared jokes as if that justified the abject failure of his budget.

It took a while for the rats to gather and gnaw on their own; blue on blue Tory flesh.

This week the MSM blamed Jeremy Corbyn for not being rude enough about Hammond and May. I am not at all convinced that sinking that low was necessary and makes me feel good and proud to be a Corbyn supporter.

JC may well be a saint. I would have told May and Hammond and Kuensburg to fuck off.

 

#BBCbias #ElectoralFraud

#electoralreform #PMQS


15 March 2017

How to Buy A General Election

ToryDNA #Hippo #ElectoralFraud

 According to BBC Newsnight, Conservative Central Office have admitted that they broke the rules designed to prevent political parties buying votes in the last general election.

The abuse is a criminal offence and the Tories are now blaming each other and wondering who is going to gaol. However Tory Central Office are content because they expect to receive a fine which they are happy to pay because money is no object when it comes to buying an election.


14 March 2017

Most read stories, last 30 Days

THE NHS IS BLEEDING

#BBCbias #BBCQT #NHS ToryDNA

Dear Channel 4

Thatcher’s Asset Stripping Irreversible.

A Nuclear Solution?

13 April 2013


13 March 2017

The Jokers

When Tory DNA Kicked In

and the care masks slipped

#Politics  #Budget #Education #Hippo


ART

12 March 2017

 

Spring Clean

Hosing down of crazy paving.

#Art #Abstract

Art history tells us that there is always an element of representation in the "abstract." This moving image connects two Spring tasks, the hosing down of crazy paving and the sorting of the Vinyl LP collection, for sale. That's another story.


9 March 2017

Social Care

May Guffaws

#PMQS  #Politics  #Budget

Chancellor Hammond increased National Insurance Contributions for the Self Employed in this Spring budget, contrary to an unequivocal election promise not to do so.

It is one thing to break that contract with the electorate and the self employed, but to then justify doing so with yet more weasel sophistry is beyond the pale.

Apparently the self employed alone are to make this sacrifice explicitly to pay for the under funded social care budget.

Theresa May feigned theatrical guffawing when Jeremy Corbyn challenged her on the "acute social care crisis" in the PMQs that preceded Hammond’s Budget. Trump would not have sunk that low, and even Tories are now worried about May's care-mask slipping.

Many self employed workers would have voted Tory in the last election and not all of them would be high earning self employed barristers.

If I were a self employed Uber driver working for the minimum wage or one of the Amazon drivers delivering packages with no employment rights, I would be thanking Jeremy Corbyn who has to face this awful woman every Wednesday including Women’s Day.


4 March 2017

Art Stream of Mr and Mrs Monk

#Art #BigFeetBigSocks


4 March 2017

Jeremy Hunt can’t fix the NHS.

BBCbias #NHS #Hippo #OurNHS

The “Our NHS” demonstrations do not appear on today’s BBC News

 


27 February 2017

And The Winner Is.. #BBCbias

Jeremy Hunt who is accused of covering up the scale of the NHS data loss scandal because that story did not even make the BBC headlines today.

They did however find space to use the word “unhinged” to describe Shadow chancellor John McDonnell defence of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

This is not a joke on La La Land.

 

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #NHS


26 February 2017

Issue Free Zone

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection #marr

The BBC and all main stream media discuss Jeremy Corbyn's leadership in every news bulletin, panel discussion from Loose Women to Newsnight, and never do they discuss his policy or his values.

On Marr this morning Baroness Chakrabarti was not asked about Policy and had to persist against the predictable assault on the Labour leader.

The BBC is an issue free zone when it comes to Corbyn. The relentless leadership question is rhetorical and banal and wilfully undermining of the Labour leader. 

When the BBC covered the byelection results they explained that all canvassers were confronted on the door step by would-be voters questioning Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

I wonder where they got that idea?

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection #marr


 

24 February 2017

The Media  claims victory in the #byelection ?

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection

 

Jeremy Corbyn found responsible for the end of the world by #GuardianBias  and #BBCbias and anything else that pisses you off.


23 February 2017

Who will be the first to blame Jeremy Corbyn whatever the outcome of today’s #byelection ?

  #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection


23 February 2017

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Stranger No. 25

 


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21 February 2017

Five Years Ago

5 November 2011 page Revisited

ART

Richter or Monkfry?

 

 

Smudge and Real Smear Tryptych

#Art #Richter


19 February 2017

According to Tony Blair

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias

Apparently I am, or might be, with the electoral majority for the first time in my long life.

 

If there were another EU referendum today there would be a different outcome. I am surprised that this ITV online poll confirms the credibility of Tony Blair’s post Brexit point of view.

71%

Agree with me?

 

However, why would Tony Blair bring this up at this time immediately before a double by-election when it might affect the outcomes. Whatever happens next Thursday Tony Blair can be assured that the main stream media will explain that outcome in terms that will not flatter Jeremy Corbyn? We don’t need an ITV poll to forecast that certainty.

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias


19 February 2017

 


19 February 2017

Who Speaks of Betrayal?

#Brexit #GuardianBias #edvulliamy

Ed Vulliamy today in The Guardian regards the votes in favour of igniting Article 50 as an act of betrayal and a race to "the bottom of the xenophobic sewer."

Who inhabits this "xenophobic sewer"?

Well, Vulliamy might have started by indicting the 52% who voted for Brexit, and then moved on to all Tories including those that took a principled vote to Remain, Theresa May for example who nevertheless keeps her nose clean throughout. He might have included the majority of Labour MPs who found it incumbent on themselves to respect the referendum outcome.

Ed Vulliamy has not however accused the whole of this grouping who share this view, he only accuses Jeremy Corbyn in his article, of "betrayal" and of occupying the “xenophobic sewer”.

This is surely an actionable libel.

But worse than that, Vulliamy has just made Labour’s imminent by-election chances a little tougher. Paul Nuttal now has a Guardian stick to wield and he will use it this coming Thursday.

Who speaks of Betrayal?


16 February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn was found responsible by Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian today for Theresa May’s breaking of the conservative pledge "to give shelter to 3,000 of the most desperate people on Earth, children fleeing war and devastation?"

Not at all sure how he, Freedland felt justified in tainting Corbyn with that charge. As a journalist, Freedland seems to suck.

Apparently Corbyn is held responsible for every Tory misdemeanour in opposition.

The Guardian allowed no right of reply/comments on that article.

#GuardianBias


16 February 2017

How might we reconcile lower unemployment with increasing poverty and expose the poverty deniers? It’s easy.

 #ZeroHoursIsn’tWorking #Hippo

#PoliticsandConflict

DeathInEssex


15 February 2017

Who said “Ken Loach’s Bafta diatribe shows he is stuck in the past”?

The Poverty Deniers

 

peddling pet food for hyenas

#TimLoughton #Hippo #KenLoach

Thank you Ed, how-did-you-get-that -job, West of the Spectator


 

14 February 2017

 

The Love Bucket

This is where love is found wanting, tainted by insincerity and/or BS /foolishness. No claim is made that this is an exact science but these movies are found to be unlovely movies about love and a foil to

THE LOVE CHANNEL

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Love is a very splendid thing. A movie called "Love" was created by us Monks at Shoestringonline. We then discovered that there were 10,729 movies on vimeo with the same title. Most seem to be syrup, or church, or just bad, or all three. Surely there would be enough to start a Love Channel. Love Channel was born, or was there already a Love Channel. Apparently not.

#Love    #Lovecontrary


11 February 2017

 

#penisenvy


11 February 2017

 

#BBCbias


11 February 2017

The Bleeding Obvious

#BBCbias #BBCQT #NHS ToryDNA

 

THE NHS IS BLEEDING

#BBCbias #BBCQT #NHS ToryDNA


09 February 2017

Frozen Butts

#classwar #Waitrose

Waiting in Waitrose cafe, as I frequently do, I read today Frankie Boyle's article on Trump and tried and failed to not laugh out loud. I also tried to not notice the couple next to me suppressing a mocking snigger because I was wearing a wonky pair of reading glasses and that hat that people, including Mrs Monk, find so worthy of dissent.

I am compensated by the view of the Waitrose toilet which is being remodelled and therefore "out of service". Every thirty seconds I witness a customer pushing the door that will not open, then the step back to read the notice, then that look of panic because they would have already been in that anticipated pre pee stage, primed to relieve themselves, and then the horror of the message directing them to a temporary Portaloo in the car park where the temperature is currently 34 degrees Fahrenheit. All those middle class frozen butts. Such joy.

Frankie Boyle has better jokes and an easy target.


09 February 2017

 

Jeremy Corbyn has asked Mayday to publish all papers, e-mails and texts on the Government’s sweetheart deal with Surrey County Council who have now canceled their big referendum on increasing Council Tax by 15% to balance their books.

Meanwhile, at     #PMQS


08 February 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Tretyakov State Gallery

 


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Disproportionate Representation

Democracy, what Democracy?

#electoralreform #Hippo #ElectoralFraud


04 February 2017

Leigh On Sea

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Democracy, what Democracy?

#electoralreform #Hippo #ElectoralFraud

Dear Channel 4

Thatcher’s Asset Stripping Irreversible.

A Nuclear Solution?

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A fish called Colin

Hannan, the Deluded

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The Jokers

 

When Tory DNA Kicked In

and the care masks slipped

#Politics  #Budget #Education #Hippo

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Mr Voller's Daughter

 

"I Love Lucy" introduced me to a notion of "love,"

 

#Unmadefilms

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Richter or Monkfry?

 

Smudge and Real Smear Tryptych

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15 February 2017

Who said “Ken Loach’s Bafta diatribe shows he is stuck in the past”?

The Poverty Deniers

 

12 November 2015

My First Car

revisited

Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Princess Margaret, Potted Plants and Harold Macmillan’s Wind of Change.

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