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Peter Reynolds

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BBC Proselytises For The Pope

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The Pope's Spin Doctor

Yesterday the Pope made a series of disgraceful excuses for paedophile priests.

Today, the BBC announced that it is to broadcast a Christmas message from him for the first time. This after earlier in the year it granted him extravagant and disproportionate coverage of his vist to Britain.

In a statement the Pope said that he wanted to thank the BBC for its coverage of his visit. I bet he does. For a religious cult that has less than a million regular supporters in Britain he was given saturation coverage on all BBC television and radio for four days.

Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC is, of course, a hard core Catholic. Surely he has gone too far this time?

What should be happening is that BBC journalists should be probing ever deeper into the disgusting cover up of child abuse that the Pope is responsible for. They should also be tearing apart the sordid and corrupt financial affairs of the Vatican.

Mark Thompson has to go.  This is gross misconduct.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

December 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Paedophile Priests : It’s Our Fault (via The Mad Hatters)

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I confess defeat. I cannot find the words to express the contempt and disgust in which I hold the Pope and his vile church. I do not understand how any decent person (Tony Blair for one!) can possibly continue to support this wicked and evil cult.

Pedophile Priests : It's Our FaultIn his annual Christmas address to Bishops and Cardinals, Pope Benedict had a few words to say about the sexual abuse of children by priests that gained wide public attention during 2010. The ‘humiliation’ the RC church had suffered worldwide as a consequence of the actions of a minority of priests, he said, should be a spur for the church to re-examine it’s teachings that had allowed such abuse to go on for so long.

The sexual abuse of children by priests, however had to be seen in a wider societal context. It was part of the ‘sexual permissiveness’ of the ’70′s that had made child pornography, drug use, and sexual trafficking to some degree permissible.

Representatives of abuse victims have dismissed the Pope’s comments as “absolute nonsense” – as a further attempt by the Pope to evade full responsibility for the actions of pedophile priests and the failure of the Church to help and support the victims of abuse, choosing instead to protect the perpetrators rather than risk damage to the good name of the church should the crimes be exposed.

Source . . . http://tinyurl.com/2wwf3ro

via The Mad Hatters

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

BBC Blanks Proposition 19

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According to the Home Office there are six million regular users of cannabis in the UK.  I have seen just one report on the BBC news about the Proposition 19 vote in California on 2nd November which promises legalisation.

Compare this with the recent wall to wall coverage of the Pope’s visit.  How many regular supporters of the Catholic Church are there in Britain?  Just 887,000.

This is an appalling failure by the BBC and a dereliction of its duty to provide fair and balanced coverage.  Please make a complaint.  It will take you less than five minutes and it will make a difference if enough of you take the time.

Here is a direct link to the BBC complaints website.  Please do it now!

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

The Pope’s £838,000 Spin Doctor

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Monsignor Media

It isn’t even the Pope paying his salary.  It’s the British public.  It isn’t even his air time he’s giving away.  It’s the British public’s.

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

The Public Sector Pay Scandal

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There are very few things in politics that are simple.  This is an exception.  The principle, implied by Panorama, that no one in the public sector should be paid more than the prime minister seems very sensible to me.

I already knew that BBC senior executives enjoy vastly overinflated pay but the fact that Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, gets £838,000 per annum is shocking.   It is particularly hard to take after the absurd spectacle of the Pope’s visit.  The leader of a very minor church, presently mired in appalling scandal, has enjoyed a bonanza of free, round the clock, TV, radio and internet promotion.  I didn’t know but it turns out that Mark Thompson is a rabid Catholic.  He has a nerve to run his own private campaigns at our expense!  This is too much!

He is at the top and is the very worst of a deeply depressing list of excess and vanity.  I am sure that many of these people are very able and skilled in their profession.  If and when they choose to go into the private sector they may well make millions.  While in the public sector, every single one of them should be very grateful for the privilege to serve.

The argument about market forces, put forward by the leader of Liverpool City Council, is just a weak excuse.  If he really believes it then he needs to think again.  Believe me, real market forces will sort this out, no problem.  We will still get the very best in senior positions if we recruit properly.  Successful people will seek to make their name in the public sector first, in prestige positions, then move on to make their fortune.

I say increase the prime minister’s salary to £250,000.  These gestures of senior politicians cutting their own pay are meaningless and impress no one.  Make that the maximum that anyone in the public sector can earn.  Enforce it immediately.  All salaries to be trimmed to that level from 1st October.  I see everything in favour of this and nothing against.

The BBC’s Absurd Level Of Coverage Of The Pope

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This has been another grave error of judgment by the BBC.

According to the 2001 census there are 4.2 million Catholics in the UK.  According to the 2005 Church census, just 887,000 are regular worshippers.  Does this justify the absurd level of wall to wall coverage we have had to endure over the last four days?

It looks totally disproportionate to me.  More like some sort of subversive attempt by religious zealots to impose their superstitious beliefs on the rest of us.

If any other group can prove nearly a million regular supporters in the UK will the BBC guarantee equivalent coverage?

With 96 straight hours of guaranteed airtime, whoever you are, whatever your “act”, you’ll easily be able to fill Hyde Park and venues all over the country. You’ll make a fortune!

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Get This Man Out Of My Country NOW!

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Pointless Pompous Pontification

He is a monster, a walking, talking blasphemy and perversion of the whole idea of God.

He is not welcome.

He is not wanted.

Throw him out and kick him in the backside so that he sprawls in the gutter as he goes.

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September 16, 2010 at 11:53 am