Friday, January 16, 2009

Isn't this censorship?

From today's Guardian (click here, final two paragraphs):

"In the Commons, John McDonnell, the MP for Hayes and Harlington, covering Heathrow, was suspended for five days by the deputy speaker after he picked up the mace and shouted: "It is a disgrace."

"The incident led to a row between broadcasters and parliamentary authorities who last night asked the BBC, ITV and Sky not to broadcast footage of McDonnell's protest. Commons authorities said they were considering whether to take further action against the companies after they continued broadcasting the footage."

Why shouldn't we see this footage? Is it because it makes a powerful statement exposing the government's refusal to put such an important decision before parliament perchance?

More reassuringly were these words from David Cameron in the Guardian piece: "What business needs to recognise is that the third runway is just not going to happen. There is such a coalition of forces against it. There's such an environmental case against."

Imagine that - a Conservative leader standing up to business. Well, considering how much Brown is in their pockets (to the detriment of all other interests), somebody has to!

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