BBC Bias 763

I am involved quite extensively in the making of what I believe to be a valuable independent documentary. It is based on George Ponsonby’s excellent book London Calling, and has the working title How the BBC Stole the Referendum. We have already done a few hours filming of my contribution.

The film is being directed by Alan Knight. It still requires some finance, having raised over £12,000 so far from crowd sourcing. If any readers of this blog can make a contribution, it would be gratefully received. I vouch for the good faith and commitment of the production team, though I am not in any sense connected with the management or finances.

I should like to ask for a couple of other bits of help as well. Can anybody find the BBC footage of the appalling Gavin Esler puff piece for the “Vote No Borders” PR campaign. The BBC broadcast it repeatedly on every TV news programme on 2 May 2014, but seem to have managed to erase all trace of it from the internet. It might also be useful if somebody could take a little video footage of the company nameplate of Acanchi Ltd at 24 Chiswell Street, London, EC2Y 4YX. Footage of the nameplate, the street sign and a little of the surroundings, just to visually establish it is in London. The technical quality of that little bit of video is not terrifically important.


See Gill R’s comment below. The company may be at Unit 311 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. If anyone can easily get to either address and see what they can film it would still be helpful.

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  • YouKnowMyName

    for the varied winter festival partakers, now that solstice is agin here, why not try some light reading should your workstation personalities not be needed that often.

    a great book was recommended to me

    Merchants of Menace: The True Story of the Nugan Hand Bank Scandal by Peter Butt

    Paperback: 298 pages
    Publisher: Port Campbell Press (1 Nov. 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0992325226
    ISBN-13: 9780992325220

    Guns, drug money and the CIA… These were not your average bankers. This was not your average bank. In 1980, following the mysterious death of Australian merchant banker, Frank Nugan, his New York-born partner, Michael Hand, brazenly ordered the destruction of the bank’s records. Hand then disappeared from Sydney and hasn’t been seen since. Among the ruins of the Nugan Hand global financial empire, investigators uncovered astonishing evidence of gunrunning, money laundering for drug traffickers and connections to the CIA. When the FBI and a Royal Commission failed to join the dots, those intimately involved with the case suspected a cover up. Brimming with chilling new evidence and powerful testimonies, Merchants of Menace cracks open the sensational Nugan Hand story and goes on the hunt for the world’s most elusive corporate fugitive… “The FBI integrated me on behalf of the Australians. The agents asked what I knew about the Nugan Hand bank and what happened to Frank Nugan. I said ‘I don’t know. But whatever it was, it was the lynchpin that started everything crumbling.’ He kept saying, ‘Do you know where Michael Hand is?’ and I said, ‘No’ He said. ‘Are you sure?’ Finally I said to him, ‘Look, why don’t you ask the CIA in Langley Virginia and maybe they will tell you where he is, because they know.’ I don’t think they were really looking for Michael and they certainly weren’t going to tell the Australian government where he was.”

    spoilers: involves our old hero Colonel Oliver North & his chums, and traces a negative space of deep politics, where a rogue club can access a secret global network to implement illegal programs and remain outside any government overview. As if?

    The documentary maker & author Peter Butt discovered during his research that Michael Hand was living in Idaho (at time of printing in November 2015). He reawakens the interest in the Nugan Hand Bank, a CIA front that stole more than $50 million from investors in arguably Australia’s greatest criminal conspiracy.

    Fans of BCCI and Banco Ambrosiano will be thrilled. Relatives of the murdered anti-drugs campaigner and Australian Liberal Party candidate Donald Mackay (RIP 1977) will be looking for clues.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmann keeps the nasty party in the news.

    Looks like not much has changed here, the usual school masterly stuff from the principal troll.

    well said Glenn, the dependencies are the key to energy. NZ has always had black outs, not a big deal, you go in the garden and get the bio diesel generator going, or flick a switch to your batteries who have been trickle charged by wind/solar power.

    Its the lazy and unimaginative fools who get scared by the nuclear/fossil fuel companies, so they dare not even think about organising their very own grid. Spain’s law is not contrary to the EU law that says ‘community must be allowed to generate their own electricity’, all one has to do is bypass the monopoly feeders.

    That the grid for others becomes more expensive is not true as the whole world, especially China is engaging in more and more alternative energy generators. China, so I believe is building a molten salt reactor, something we should have done from day one, parallel to PWR reactors, but they do not produce plutonium for bombs, hence were seen as useless.

  • fred

    Strangely enough I’ve just been reading the local news.

    A TOTAL of £250 million has been made available by the UK government for research into small modular nuclear reactors, members of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group have been told. Developers claim the the reactors would be much cheaper and quicker to build, than conventional nuclear power plants with components manufactured in factories and then assembled on site.

    In the future every town could have their own carbon neutral power supply cheap to build and efficient to run. They could even have combined heat and power plants using the heat generated in the reactor to directly heat people’s homes.

    They even work in the dark and when the wind isn’t blowing, much better idea than throwing good money after bad on Fantasy Island renewable projects.

  • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)


    “Many countries, and in particular an island country like Britain, could easily get most, if not all, of their energy requirements from renewables.”

    An interesting observation.

    I wonder if you could expand somewhat (with relevant figures, of course).

    Feel free to supply a link/links but it would be refreshing to see some evidence of your own thinking/research.

    Thank you.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmann keeps the nasty party in the news.

    To continue, somebody came with a parcel, the results of Paris will be measured by their actual implementation. If the continuation of over production by accessing new wells, for example in the eastern Med. Levant fields, especially when they are all charged with political fray, is the case then signatories to the climate treaty, such as India, will find it absurd to be prohibited from opening new coal fired power stations.
    the treaty will crumble with every new oil/gas well opened, with the continuation of excess abstraction of fossil fuels such as fracking, when the ‘united drive’ should be towards alternatives like Desertec CSP, wind, wave, tidal lift, sea current, and solar power.

    With oil prices this cheap the manufacturing and development in all of the above power generators can not come soon enough, this should be a High noon moment for British engineering, not a death rattle for extra fracking law, more availability of oil and gas and more pollution.

    maybe the problem lies deeper, little John, rather than doing his math homework, played war games on his ipad till 2am in the morning, he failed and hence, real apprenticeships are missing, replaced by photocopying apprenticeships at our local councils.

    Hence, these jobs are done by those in Europe who did do the work, soon they’ll be done by Chinese students who will be allowed to stay and work here in support of the Chinese efforts here, building their EU basis starting with nuclear power and HS trains.

    What then for young unemployable urbanites with very little future who do not want to end up in the forces?

  • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

    MerkinScot and Node are having a love-in:

    ““Thanks, MerkinScot, for establishing the relevance of my post to this thread’s subject. You’re quite right, my sumMary was intended to highlight BBC bias in its reporting of the illegal occupation of Palestine.”
    Thank you, Node.”


    It’s very sweet. They have taken over Mary’s regular list of Israeli “Atrocities” ( I was impressed when they used the capital letter for a word they don’t know the meaning of) and are presenting it under the risible guise of giving an example of BBC bias.

    Well, they can say that but only fellow-Israel haters will believe them.

    Plus, by the nature of things, they’re lazy buggers and won’t be bothered to carry out the Mary legacy for more than a few weeks.


  • deepgreenpuddock

    That last post by “Fred” is strangely utopian and mainly reveals a great gaping maw of understanding of the issue.

    In the future every town could have their own carbon neutral power supply cheap to build and efficient to run. They could even have combined heat and power plants using the heat generated in the reactor to directly heat people’s homes

    It isn’t that i too would not welcome such a scenario, as the one described above. I just know that it is not actually possible to deliver at this time, except perhaps on a demonstration scale.
    i am mainly thinking of technical issue but the political issues around widespread consent and the logistical issues, are also monumental.

  • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

    “Looks like not much has changed here, the usual school masterly stuff from the principal troll.”

    Now now, Nevermind, haven’t you noticed the subtle shift away from name-calling and insults since the departure of the Ringleader?

    You must develop more sensitive antennae or you’ll get left hopelessly behind.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmann keeps the nasty party in the news.

    Just read Freds good neighbourly support for the Aberdeen nuclear coop who just purchased land for a little reactor nearby.

    PWR nuclear power reactors are inefficient,(they use no more than 5% of the fuel rods energy, leaving Freds kids/us with longterm liability Fred does not want to pay for at present, he likes cheap energy))dangerous please read the history of nuclear power and the increasing risk, Hmm, a crescendo actually, that underlies existing old nuclear power stations, and its uncontrollable in their worst case scenario, Chernobyl’s sarcophagus and Fukushima’s ongoing meltdown clearly show,

    so don’t wind up yourself unless you have no family to speak of and are a really sad character Fred.

  • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)


    You’ll obviously never be a Tellheim but do you really want to remain a Just for the rest of your blogging life?

    That’s what’ll happen if you don’t sharpen up.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmann keeps the nasty party in the news.

    You Habby are sheer anachronism, an instant yawn.

  • fred

    “It isn’t that i too would not welcome such a scenario, as the one described above. I just know that it is not actually possible to deliver at this time, except perhaps on a demonstration scale.”

    Why not? the people at Dounreay, Rolls Royce Vulcan, have considerable experience in designing and building small scale nuclear reactors.

    How much have we spent already on renewable technology? Less than 2% of the world’s electricity is generated by wind and solar.

  • YouKnowMyName

    Craig Murray’s debating soc. questions of the day.
    Q1 how many angles fit on the head of a pin?
    Q2 how might one re-arrange the reclining chairs on the doomed maiden voyage of a vessel?

    these are worth questions to debate, forever, whilst whistling sweet dixie, or doing sweet fanny A in brit-speak, as you like

    or you could look at OLD news like this

    the Reagan Administration proposed some of the provisions which became part of “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001,” When Reagan proposed these provisions, Congress rejected them on constitutional grounds. The first [CIA] Bush Administration then made similar proposals, which were again rejected by lawmakers. Congress twice refused to enact the secret evidence provisions proposed by Bush I. (Indeed, just prior to 9/11, Congress was about to pass a law repealing the secret evidence provisions of the 1996 Antiterrorism Act.)

    and ask how that fits into the modern context and why is it news? Who in the world would be stirring up this old news? Why. . .

    Now I don’t know about you chaps/chapettes, but I’m partly here on Craig’s worthy blog to harmlessly communicate information steganographically with friends, whilst expressing qualified chapter 8 Human Rights. Thanks for your time.

  • fred

    “Pop along to Nigg and let them know, Fred. I don’t think they read this blog.”

    Even if the Pentland Firth tidal project works and there are no guarantees it will, it’s still generating power hundreds of miles from where it’s needed. 1GW HVDC undersea cables don’t come cheap.

    American aircraft carriers have two 1GW generators and they can go anywhere in the world.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmann keeps the nasty party in the news.

    And how much of that energy produced is wasted Fred? don’t just tell half the story, most energy is lost through bad old housing, lack of insulation, still in the 21st. century. Fossil fuels are dead, the stuff of criminals like IS dealing with clandestine Turkish politicians.

    here are a couple of badly influenced criminals squeaking. Dumb fodder the west perpetuates by keeping terror communications up and running. Its more important to snoop at them then to cut off their propaganda video’s and chats. We are playing it both ways, the hornets nest tactics.

  • Dave Lawton


    “Dave, if you been through the Benelux countries and Germany recently you will see that there are solar panels springing-up everywhere.”

    Rob that maybe so but look at the area they take up,not very efficient compared with a LENR a couple
    of grams of nickel will run for a year.With LENR you are looking at COP 6 at least.Why don`t you have a go at building one?

  • ------------·´`·.¸¸.¸¸.··.¸¸Node

    Israel still committing genocide. BBC still not reporting it. On-topic exposé of BBC bias follows :

    SumMary of Israeli atrocities for 12 December 2015

    3 Israeli Navy attacks on Palestinian fishing boats

    Israeli Army opens fire on farmers in 2 Gaza districts

    Israeli soldiers physically assault 13-year-old child

    Israeli Army orders destruction of artesian well

    Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 2 refugee camps and 10 towns and villages

    8 attacks (5 Israeli ceasefire violations)

    19 raids including home invasions

    1 beaten – 23 injured – 2 abducted (both aged 17)

    5 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

    10 taken prisoner – 13 detained –

    129 restrictions of movement

  • Ishmael

    Glenn, Don’t know if I consider ‘seething masses’ to have voted for these ‘people’, but good post..

    I have nightmares about nuclear war, and I believe others would too if they hadn’t closed themselves of to life, ie essentially live in there heads.

    Anyway back to Craig’s stranded issue policy fixations.

  • fred

    “And how much of that energy produced is wasted Fred?”

    Less than a third of power generated goes for domestic use. Industry has been good at increasing efficiency, they have to compete.

  • MerkinScot

    ‘………of giving an example of BBC bias…….Well, they can say that but only fellow-Israel haters will believe them.’
    On an article about BBC bias we are not allowed to include actual examples of BBC bias regarding ‘Israeli Atrocities’?
    If these atrocities were covered by the BBC, show me where and prove me wrong.
    You won’t because you are trying to divert the thread using familiar tactics.
    As netherworld wrote on the excellent ‘Ten Tips ‘article :
    “Their main objective is to ‘prove’ that anyone who disagrees with Israeli policies is a) anti-Semitic, b) a Holocaust denier, and c) an ‘Islamo-fascist’. To do this they try to blur the distinctions between ‘Zionist’, ‘Israeli’ and ‘Jewish’.”

  • Loony

    Large scale nuclear is an industry built largely on fantasy economics. At first it was going to provide electricity “too cheap to meter.”

    That did not seem to work out too well. Today, despite being some of the most technically educated people in the world, no-one involved in nuclear can answer the question as to how much it actually costs.

    There are examples of nuclear accidents where the long term costs are unknown and hence unquantifiable, and where political players actively seek to obfuscate the true magnitude of the consequences. Losses and costs are socialied – TEPCO did not, and could not, indemnify the wider Japanese economy from the costs of Fukushima.

    In Finland the Okiluoto plant is now over 10 years into construction and currently 5 years behind schedule, and remains without any firm date for entry into commercial operations. Despite not producing a single Kwh of electricity it is now the most expensive structure in Europe – easily outstripping the costs of the Large Hadron Collider.

    Any estimate of costs do date are probably an underestimate as many contracting companies have incurred internal costs, and suffered adverse consequential business losses not all of which have been allocated to Okiluoto. For example contemporaneously with their withdrawl from Okiluoto Siemens effectively shut down their entire EPC division – thus closing down an operation expected to contribute to earnings from projects around the world.

  • ------------·´`·.¸¸.¸¸.··.¸¸Node

    MerkinScot. Good luck with your attempts to educate habackuk. I never respond to him. Apart from anything else, he’s pretty thick so he misses the point anyway. I don’t mean he pretends to miss the point – he’s just incapable of subtlety. I imagine him as Captain Mainwaring in ‘Dad’s Army’ – blundering around, out of his depth, too pompous to realise he’s a twat. He hates me ignoring him- sometimes he lets slip how angry it makes him. If I was him, I know exactly how I would deal with someone like me, but he’ll never do it, it will never occur to him.

  • lysias

    Breaker Morant has recently (September) been reissued as a DVD because of the movie’s high quality. Brilliant script.

  • lysias

    Reissued by Criterion, I meant to say. Criterion only reissues what it considers the highest quality movies. Because it goes to the trouble of improving print quality and adding supplements (like, in the case of Breaker Morant, adding an Australian documentary about the historical Breaker Morant and a commentary soundtrack by the director and one of the stars).

  • Fredi

    Britain is stupid enough to implement these kind of policies. Think of the ‘carbon footprint’ the enormous waste required to comply with this world class stupidity.

    Britons will have to scrap GAS BOILERS and COOKERS thanks to Paris climate deal
    MILLIONS of British families are being warned they will be forced to scrap gas cookers, boilers and fires so the nation can meet new strict targets aimed at stopping rises in global temperature.
    By Jake Burman

    Under the Paris climate change deal, agreed by 195 countries last week, UK families could have to phase out cooking and heating with gas across the next 15 years, according to experts.

    The United Nations agreement obliges nations to reduce greenhouse gases from 2020 onwards in an attempt to curb global warming.

    The historic pledge – which is ambitiously aimed at limiting warming to “well bellow” 2C by the end of the century – was internationally lauded by politicians, with Barak Obama branding it a “turning point” for the world.

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