BBC misinformation and suppression
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 14 20:04:35 BST 2011
BBC Complaints (On Your Farm)
Producer Emma Weatherill
Presenter Eleanor Goodman
12 June 2011
Dear Sirs, On
Your Farm Sunday 12 June Radio Four
To-day, Listeners to ‘On Your Farm’ , heard from the farmer
, who is the BBC ‘ farmer of the year’. that his company for which he is
manager, received £400 per hectare under
an environmental scheme for leaving an insect bank uncultivated in the
The presenter , perhaps by mistake? , said that listeners may be resentful of the £400,
he receives helping to preserve insects. .
But of course the owners of the farm, who we understand are
a corporation , Pilkington Farms, receive
tens/ hundreds? of thousands of pounds for the four thousand acre ? hectares?
Farmsubsidy.org web site list Pilkington Farms as receiving cheques for £306,000, £428,000
and £1,384,519.for 2009
If listeners are expected to resent £400 what would their
reaction be to £300,000?
We will never know because to date BBC has kept the secret
of their ‘farmer of the year’!
If you mention a figure ,which you did, this should not be one which grossly misleads. Amazement would be raised by the larger figure.
payments are so important even definitive for the
agriculture economy and for each farm , the subject needs extensive, repeated and detailed investigative coverage by FT and
also needs a radical voice to counter the
propaganda which organizations like NFU, CLBA and CPRE use so successfully to influence
the BBC (and other media) coverage of
the subject. BBC consistently
fail to give such coverage. Such studied
avoidance can only be a matter of policy by BBC.
On a related subject, Reform of CAP
a) Fifteen per cent of people in UK
have ever heard or read about the
C.A.P., the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy, and know what
it is. (Eurobarometer poll 2010) Yet-
The 2009 cost of the CAP payments in UK
is around £200 per UK
household. ( £3.4bn payments, £.0.3bn
cost ,£0.2bn fine- RPA etc)
What information has Farming To-day and On Your Farm been suppressing every weekday since Britain
joined EEC in 1973?
b) The EU agricultural Commissioner instituted a project to
reform CAP in 2010.
The commissioner said he was surprised at the strength of
the response to an online consultation. . ( For which I read ‘weakness’. )
BBC is a public service with programmes devoted to farming,
yet the level of knowledge of CAP is abysmal in UK,
and how many know they were invited to
send their views about reform to the EU
commissioner? This failure to publicise
the call for the public to contribute to the
reform must represent a serious failure by BBC.
With a view to informing the public in UK
and doing what the EU and BBC failed to do,
a privately financed grass roots consultation on CAP reform
is being organized in which I am
involved and which is expected to
achieve more response in UK
than received by the mighty EU
Here is an opportunity for BBC to publicise the CAP issue
and expose the secrecy which has
resulted in the abysmally low knowledge level abut CAP payments in UK.
You will want to know that
CAP costs taxpayers in UK
£3.9billion p.a. and there is no whisper of cutting this You will also want to know that the UK
contribution to EU is £10.3bn p.a.of which 40 per cent goes to fund CAP. Is this news or what?
Your listeners would like to know that accordiong to
“capreform” website a Romanian
corporation received a CAP cheque for 220million euros and ,from the Defra
website (now removed) that British Sugar Corporation in UK
in 2009 received a CAP cheque for
Get the details of CAP payments from www farmsubsidy.org.
There is a sensational news story in the CAP arrangements
and a vital and interesting ‘farming’
topic awaiting coverage by BBC
journalists. Propagandists of course
would wish to suppress this information.
James Armstrong, Dorchester
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