Tuesday, October 21, 2014


When The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express, The Telegraph and the other Tory right wing media rags push out their racist and dishonest headlines which are designed to deliberately create false impressions we should look harder at what these low life journalists are saying. The article below is a good starter and it nails their lies and the contempt that they have for the truth. 

Democracy is  dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed.
Unfortunately, UK government ministers and the right-wing press have made sure that we are misinformed about (almost) everything – here is the result. The chart is the result of an Ipsos.MORI poll examining the difference between peoples’ perceptions (mean estimates) and reality (actual) when asked questions about the UK population.
 Here is another example from the Ipsos.MORI poll (referenced below):
Teenage pregnancy: on average, we think teenage pregnancy is 25 times higher than official estimates:  we think that 15% of girls under 16 get pregnant each year, when official figures suggest it is around 0.6%[i].
Here is the reality
“With the lowest numbers recorded since 1969, the teenage pregnancy rate is proof of all the hard work of sexual health and education professionals, and the lasting legacy of the decade-long Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.
Read more at http://www.fpa.org.uk/news/teen-pregnancy-rates-continue-fall-england-and-wales#1CdvzfTmfHPWh1cR.99
Was this news on the front page of the Daily Mail.  Of course not – it did not fit their alternative reality.  It would only be on their front page if they could somehow twist the data into a moral outrage about increasing teenage pregnancy.  Even the Mail has failed to manage this – so far.
More from the IpsosMORI poll:
Foreign aid: 26% of people think foreign aid is one of the top 2-3 items government spends most money on, when it actually made up 1.1% of expenditure (£7.9bn) in the 2011/12 financial year. More people select this as a top item of expenditure than pensions (which cost nearly ten times as much, £74bn) and education in the UK (£51.5bn).
Benefit fraud: people estimate that 34 times more benefit money is claimed fraudulently than official estimates: the public think that £24 out of every £100 spent on benefits is claimed fraudulently, compared with official estimates of £0.70 per £100.

These two pieces of research indicate the gap between perception and reality in the British public:
These are just a few examples of government ministers misinforming the public:
David Cameron Rebuked For Making Misleading Economy Claim, Again: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/03/08/david-cameron-obr-economy-growth_n_2836515.html
Ministers who misuse statistics to mislead voters must pay the price.   http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/31/ministers-misuse-statistics-resign
Minister rebuked over immigration statistics:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16730433
Incapacity benefit test claims ‘conflated figures’ – watchdog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22720007
Iain Duncan Smith criticised over benefit cap figures:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22462265
Duncan Smith ‘clarifies’ Commons slip over benefit data: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11792700

This gives just a few recent examples of tabloid misinformation:
The Daily Mail & The Sun continue to undermine their own case for press freedom: http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=2837
The Lies of Right Wing Tories, Blairites, Free Marketeers and Neolibertarians:  http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=2017
Some Questions for our local MP John Glen: http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=1789

Cameron won’t make me a Minister… I’m a white, married, Home Counties Christian, says Tory MP John Glen: http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=1494


Anonymous said...

This is good. Graphs and statistics to back up your point. I find some of you opinion pieces quite distasteful but with this piece? Well, wonders never cease.

Anonymous said...

oh dear, weren't the tories ukip and the gutter right wing press your bosom buddies last month, how fickle we are when on our death bed. RIP the scottish labour party, you reap what you sow.

good riddance to bad rubbish. at least my granny wont be getting any more terrorist phone calls from her local MP.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

I refuse to take the blame for you being too thick to understand the difference between constitutional and political.

Friday, October 31, 2014 12:42:00 pm.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure most Tories/Ukip/general right-wingers have enough sense to vote Labour in Scotland next May to help stop the SNP.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

The BNP, UKIP, EDL, NF, snp all have one thing in common, "nationalism".

Anonymous said...

"The BNP, UKIP, EDL, NF, snp all have one thing in common, "nationalism""

the labour party the tories and the lib deads all have one thing in common.
Maintaining the elitism in british society.
ed miliband tristram hunt Labour mp's? really? how many labour lords are there now? Tony blair took the labour party principles and shat on them, the sooner the spiralling plummet to oblivion of the labour party finishes them off the better.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

Anonymous said...Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:13:00 am

Nationalism is the natural bedfellow of racism and fascism and the Labour policy on the House of Lords is abolition. See if you can say anything accurate for a change, you really are embarrassing, that's why you are afraid and ashamed to ID yourself.

Anonymous said...

"the Labour policy on the House of Lords is abolition."

between 1997 and 2010 why didn't the labour party abolish the house of lords. They had an overall majority?

the labour party manifesto in 1997 included a promise to reform the house of lords, they did bugger all but reserve a seat at the trough for themselves.

That's why your party is dead moron, because you continue to defend the indefensible. A new era has begun, Labour will not be part of it. New labour old tory both dead in scotland. bye.

I don't expect you to publish this you never do when your level of stupidity is exposed.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

The Labour Party policy on the Lords is abolition you moron it's hardly my fault if you are not smart enough to grasp that.