Marc reeves and Marguerite McMullin are really annoyed that people are attacking the BBC and the media for covering up the number of deaths at Grenfell Tower.

Marguerite McMullin SOURCE
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Marc Reeve

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Really annoyed that people are attacking the BBC and the media for ‘covering up’ the numbers of deaths at Grenfell Tower. As someone who has had to make decisions about what numbers to use and what headlines to run after a major disaster that affected the town where I was an editor, I know the weight of responsibility that does – and should – bear down on you. Going with a high number that has been bandied about because you know that will get the most attention is irresponsible click bait of the worst kind. The impact of publishing a wrong number is massive – it exaggerates the scale of an already appalling human tragedy and then becomes the story itself when the focus should be on helping the survivors and relatives. In addition, the bigger and more complex the tragedy, the harder it is to establish a fixed number of dead. For many days after the Paddington rail crash, there were fears there were many more deaths than the 31 actually killed. By fixating on an absolute number when it was actually impossible to determine one, both the media and the police became unintentionally complicit in misinforming the public. Indeed, in the debrief that followed, protocols were strengthened that tried to avoid this happening in the future.
Instead of fixating on ‘media conspiracies’ that are nothing of the kind, I suggest critics support and encourage the kind of responsible journalism that is ensuring the spotlight falls on those responsible and what needs to be done to prevent a disaster like Grenfell Tower from ever happening again.

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Andrew Gordonbennett Pink Of course, control the information, keep the people out of the loop.sweep it under the carpet for the Tories. sorry MARGUERITE I cannot agree with Marc and yourself on this one AND AS FAR AS being annoyed that the PEOPLE are attacking the BBC for concealing the death toll, they (the BBC are in the pocket of the Tories and do what they are told to do .) and what needs to be done to prevent a disaster like Grenfell is to get the Tories out and labour with Jeremy Corbyn in charge in.

Robert Toshman:- You have to ask why people are criticizing the reporting. Maybe it’s because the ‘trust’ has started to fade?
ANDREW GORDON BENNETT PINK ;:.-For the BBC you mean?

Theresa Caruana:- How many people, known to live in the tower block are missing? Not difficult to answer with a reasonable figure.
After the terror attack at London Bridge, those who were missing were reported as such and then it was reported that they had been found dead.
This is not what’s happening in this case and is causing huge anger and anxiety for the people who matter most.

THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EUROPE

THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EUR
If it weren’t so serious, the situation in Great Britain would almost be comical. The country is being governed by a talking robot, nicknamed the Maybot, that somehow managed to visit the burned-out tower block in the west of London without speaking to a single survivor or voluntary helper. Negotiations for the country’s exit from the EU are due to begin on Monday, but no one has even a hint of a plan. The government is dependent on a small party that provides a cozy home for climate change deniers and creationists. Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary. What in the world has happened to this country?

Two years ago David Cameron emerged from the parliamentary election as the shining victor. He had secured an absolute majority, and as a result, it looked as if the career of this cheerful lightweight was headed for surprisingly dizzy heights. The economy was growing faster than in any other industrialised country in the world. Scottish independence and, with it, the break-up of the United Kingdom had been averted. For the first time since 1992, there was a Conservative majority in the House of Commons. Great Britain saw itself as a universally respected actor on the international stage. This was the starting point.

In order to get from this comfortable position to the chaos of the present in the shortest possible time, two things were necessary: first, the Conservative right wingers’ obsessive hatred of the EU, and second, Cameron’s irresponsibility in putting the whole future of the country on the line with his referendum, just to satisfy a few fanatics in his party. It is becoming ever clearer just how extraordinarily bad a decision that was. The fact that Great Britain has become the laughing stock of Europe is directly linked to its vote for Brexit.

The ones who will suffer most will be the British people, who were lied to by the Brexit campaign during the referendum and betrayed and treated like idiots by elements of their press. The shamelessness still knows no bounds: the Daily Express has asked in all seriousness whether the inferno in the tower block was due to the cladding having been designed to meet EU standards. It is a simple matter to discover that the answer to this question is No, but by failing to check it, the newspaper has planted the suspicion that the EU might be to blame for this too. As an aside: a country in which parts of the press are so demonstrably uninterested in truth and exploit a disaster like the fire in Grenfell Tower for their own tasteless ends has a very serious problem.

Already prices are rising in the shops, already inflation is on the up. Investors are holding back. Economic growth has slowed. And that’s before the Brexit negotiations have even begun. With her unnecessary general election, Prime Minister Theresa May has already squandered an eighth of the time available for them. How on earth an undertaking as complex as Brexit is supposed to be agreed in the time remaining is a mystery.

Great Britain will end up leaving its most important trading partner and will be left weaker in every respect. It would make economic sense to stay in the single market and the customs union, but that would mean being subject to regulations over which Britain no longer had any say. It would be better to have stayed in the EU in the first place. So the government now needs to develop a plan that is both politically acceptable and brings the fewest possible economic disadvantages. It’s a question of damage limitation, nothing more; yet even now there are still politicians strutting around Westminster smugly trumpeting that it will be the EU that comes off worst if it doesn’t toe the line.

The EU is going to be dealing with a government that has no idea what kind of Brexit it wants, led by an unrealistic politician whose days are numbered; and a party in which old trenches are being opened up again: moderate Tories are currently hoping to be able to bring about a softer exit after all, but the hardliners in the party – among them more than a few pigheadedly obstinate ideologues – are already threatening rebellion. An epic battle lies ahead, and it will paralyze the government.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that he now expects the Brits to finally set out their position clearly since he cannot negotiate with himself. The irony of this statement is that it would actually be in Britain’s best interests if he did just that. At least that way they’d have one representative on their side who grasps the scale of the task and is actually capable of securing a deal that will be fair to both sides. The Brits do not have a single negotiator of this stature in their ranks. And quite apart from the Brexit terms, both the debate and the referendum have proven to be toxic in ways that are now making themselves felt.

British society is now more divided than at any time since the English civil war in the 17th century, a fact that was demonstrated anew in the general election, in which a good 80% of the votes were cast for the two largest parties. Neither of these parties was offering a centrist program: the election was a choice between the hard right and the hard left. The political centre has been abandoned, and that is never a good sign. In a country like Great Britain, that for so long had a reputation for pragmatism and rationality, it is grounds for real concern. The situation is getting decidedly out of hand.

After the loss of its empire, the United Kingdom sought a new place in the world. It finally found it, as a strong, awkward and influential part of a larger union: the EU. Now it has given up this place quite needlessly. The consequence, as is now becoming clear, is a veritable identity crisis from which it will take the country a very long time to recover.

PLEASE STEP FORWARD JEREMY CORBYN WE NEED YOU.

I saw the riots in the 70s Hyson green up close and in london Kensington.That was when the nottm.police were using metal dustbin lids for shields. The Nottm Police were one of the first to have riot gear.BUT THEY HAD LENT IT TO MANCHESTER POLICE, HENCE THE NEED TO USE DUSTBIN LIDS. IFwe get to that stage again it will be totally different The police are not going to be armed just with dustbin lids and a wooden truncheon and the rioters will be tooled up accordingly.WE ARE TALKING CIVIL UNREST,NO, CIVIL WAR.If ever there was a time for a peacemaker to sort this unholy mess the Tories have created it is now. step forward Jeremy the time is nigh.

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sourceHarry Paterson

Allow me to pre-empt some wearyingly predictable liberal condemnation heading your way.

When the riots start be careful not to get trampled underfoot as liberals and reactionaries alike bolt for the moral high-ground. Watch out for the pious; the sanctimonious; the mealy-mouthed; the people who always see unruly protest as something worse than the injustice, the oppression, the social culling that precipitated it.

Remind them that the freedom to voice their bourgeois indignation, along with the freedom to vote, to control their own fertility, to protest, to join a trade union, to have Saturday and Sunday off work, to even get paid for work and a great deal more, were only won by centuries of often violent struggle. They give us nothing except that which we take.

Riots are the final resort of the marginalised and disenfranchised. There can be no condemnation by anyone aspiring to humanity.

Labours Jeremy Corbyn Says UK Must Impose Arms Embargo On Israel |

Source: Labours Jeremy Corbyn Says the UK Must Impose Arms Embargo On Israel | this man has faith, not religious faith but faith in the people he is a Republican, a humanist, a peacemaker, and unreservedly believes in a caring society those that are so venomous in attacking him are afraid of what he will do. because it will expose them for what they are, evil and selfish

ITIS THE SEASON NOT TO BE TORY

‘The Twelve Dirty Tactics’

Oh, the first dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ a lie painted on a big bus.

Oh, the second dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the third dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the fourth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the fifth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the sixth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the seventh dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the eighth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ wait, May is missing
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the ninth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ private care advancing
⁃ wait, May is missing
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the tenth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ press Corbyn-smearing
⁃ private care advancing
⁃ wait, May is missing
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the ‘leventh dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ election invoice wiping
⁃ press Corbyn smearing
⁃ private care advancing
⁃ wait, May is missing
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TY
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ and a lie painted on a big bus

Oh, the twelfth dirty tactic the Tories pulled on us
⁃ stealth underfunding
⁃ election invoice wiping
⁃ press Corbyn smearing
⁃ wait, May is missing
⁃ selling Saudis weapons
⁃ sick people dying
⁃ AUS-TERI-TYY!
⁃ lower corp’rate tax
⁃ free-fall debts
⁃ took our children’s lunch
⁃ AND A LIE PAINTED ON A BIG BUUUSS.

Mayrry Crisis, Everybody…

One Man Against Them All: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Sensation – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Even more astonishing than Theresa May’s poor showing in this week’s British election was the resurrection of Labour — especially after Jeremy Corbyn’s party seemed to do all it could to get badly defeated.

Source: One Man Against Them All: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Sensation – SPIEGEL ONLINE one man to fight them all, one man to win, one man to be prime minister and one man to govern all. Jeremy Corbyn is that man.