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Jul. 17th, 2009 | 12:09 am

I am finding the amount of pro-war propaganda on Radio 4 quite hard to deal with at the moment.

Example: just now on the midnight news bulletin, we had several reverential minutes on the funeral of that officer who was killed recently, with music and readings, and the announcer talking about how he was a brave hero who believed in the cause he fought for. (Apparently a bunch of the royal family attended too.) Other news commentary regarding the Afghan Invasion That's Going To Work This Time Oh Yes is basically limited to "should they have more helicopters or do they have enough?"

Actual proper programmes with, say, old-school BBC foreign correspondents in them, or with relatively unscripted contributions e.g. Any Questions, are utterly full of criticism, of course. But let's not have it in the news or anything.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 17th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)

It's relentless. My particular beef: Armed Forces Day which we had for the first time this year. As someone with a very, very minor political role I am already being pressurised already to make big gestures NEXT year for "Armed Forces Day".

I know the reason: poppy day, remembrance day, whatever you call it - that's about dead soldiers and that's too embarrassing, so someone had the whizz idea of having a "Live Soliders Day" to show that not all of them die and we should be really pleased that they don't and glad that they are fighting for their country and for democracy.

But war is about some soldiers dying - sometimes for so-called democracy and sometimes not, just as often by accidents on their own side or not having the proper equipment - that's the reality - and I refuse to be pushed into thanking soldiers for going to war in crap equipment - it's their choice in the UK as there is no conscription and they know what the odds are.


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