Bright Green Crowd-Sources Buried Bad News
On September 11th 2001 – the day the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York were brought down by Osama bin Laden’s militants – Jo Moore a communications manager in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions circulated a memo. That memo said that it was “a good day to bury bad news.”
Alastair Campbell’s prominence in the New Labour project brought the “spin doctor” to public awareness in the UK. One of the tricks employed by media managers like Campbell was releasing damaging stories while the media was distracted. Or what might be called using “a good day” to “bury bad news.” This allows government to release things that they have to announce, but that would otherwise cause embarrassment.
While no-one makes the mistake of saying that they’re burying bad news, you can be assured that on any day when something like a royal wedding happens a raft of bad news will be buried. On the 15th of November last year, the day that the royal engagement was announced there was a rush to “bury bad news.” This included the removal of David Cameron’s vanity photographer from the public payroll, plans by Manchester police to cut thousands of officers. Most shockingly they buried the payouts based on Redfern report on how the Nuclear industry harvested body parts from nuclear workers over 40 years.
So, today we’ve already heard that the cuts to be imposed on the NHS will be 6% not 4%. Yesterday the cost of the Aircraft Carriers was announced to have risen from £5bn to £7bn.
An important role for blogs is to cover real news while the mainstream media are distracted by frippery. So we’re hoping to crowd-source bad news – allowing you to know what the government have to announce but would rather you didn’t know. So we’d like you to let us know if you spot anything that would make news on any other day.
At the time of writing, it’s said in the Wakefield Express that the new Trinity Walk shopping centre will open on May 10.
I won’t be holding my breath as it took so long to get construction going on it in the first place!
I am also expecting my benefit to be messed about one more time thanks to Income Support being phased out in West Yorkshire.
The EIS teaching union has accepted dramatic pay cuts to teaching and education staff in a dramatic uturn by both them and the Scottish Government. Announced today.
OK, I’ll be on the lookout – but the 9/11 truth movement would tae issue with your blase assertion of just who it was that committed the twin towers atrocity.
Just found this! “The regulator of NHS foundation trusts in England has warned hospitals they must make even bigger efficiency savings than previously thought”
New Child Support Body accounts rejected: http://bit.ly/lk6l0m
A quick look through the papers throws up:
Headteachers might ballot on strikes: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/apr/29/headteachers-could-vote-national-strike
Child Support Agency replacement body accounts rejected: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/28/child-support-body-accounts-rejected
David Cameron grossly misrepresented the views of GP and ex-labour MP Howard Stoate: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/28/david-cameron-howard-stoate-nhs
Suffolk Council total outsourcing project is wound back: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2011/apr/28/suffolk-virtual-council-runs-into-trouble?CMP=twt_gu
Then there is RIM profits warning (Research in Motion – makers of the Blackberry)
Russia to cut fuel exports: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c4cfe2b6-71ba-11e0-9adf-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1KuUohldc
UNITE/Thanet Earth dispute goes on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-13228070
This probably wouldn’t have made the news, but I think it’s worth noting in the context of the pre-emptive arrests which have taken place ahead of today’s wedding: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-12845408
Edinburgh’s trams will only go from the airport to Haymarket!: http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Haymarket39s-the-end-of-the.6759735.jp
Well, the police have been excellent at this – raiding squats in Bristol exactly during the wedding, for example.