The following letter was forwarded to the Welfare News Service on 4th October 2013, by M. A. Stewart:
Dear Lord Patten [pictured],
Quote: ‘He has just been appointed to chair the new BBC Trust, whose task is to protect what is probably the finest public service broadcasting outfit in the world, often snared into the web of politics, but which retains its worldwide reputation for impartiality and accuracy.”
Please be advised that I am a disability researcher and, to date, my research has been quoted during welfare debates in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and in Westminster Hall. I am advised that the United Nations are to consider my research portfolio and the evidence from it exposed the long ago planned destruction of the British welfare state.
I note with interest that Andy Burnham MP has written to you to enquire as to why BBC News offered no more than a token gesture to the recent mass public demonstration by an estimated 50,000 people, outside the Conservative Party Conference, in protest at the Government’s planned changes to the NHS and the identified threat that those changes infer to the greatest institution in this country.
This published letter from Andy Burnham has caught my attention. In April 2013 I wrote to David Jordan, on behalf of BTC & DPAC, to ask why the public protest of 26,000 people representing disabled people, those with long-term health issues and their allies, protesting against the dangerous ‘welfare reforms’, was totally disregarded by BBC News? The State news broadcaster now constantly refuses to expose the fact that many thousands of people, up and down this country, are regularly protesting against this Coalition Government. The response was less than helpful as the highly paid Director of Editorial Policy simply referred my enquiries to staff members Fran Unsworth and Amanda Rice, who have failed to respond to my enquiry, that represents the concerns of in excess of 100,000 disabled people, carers and allies.
Furthermore, a subsequent letter to David Jordan, in May 2013, remains unanswered and so I am writing to the Chair of the BBC Trust to invite a detailed explanation as to why the State broadcaster, funded by licence fee payers, is knowingly preventing the British public accessing essential news information?
More recently, on 2nd September 2013, this network of campaigners from BTC and DPAC protested outside of BBC Broadcasting House and, yet again, BBC Editors failed to allow this news to be reported to the British viewing public, and so, given the above, you will understand why the claimed ‘impartiality’ of the BBC News is now demonstrated to have been totally compromised. BTC wrote to the Editors of the BBC to invite a meeting, to ask why they are reporting government rhetoric demonising disabled people, whilst failing to expose the many deaths of disabled people under this confirmed government tyranny. They were ignored, so disabled people’s protests were once again dismissed by BBC News.
Then there was the powerful and moving memorial at Parliament Square, on 28th September, led by the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, in memory of 10,600 people who died in 2011 within six weeks of the ‘assessment’, by Atos Healthcare, that told them they were ‘fit to work’. BBC News totally disregarded this moving event that provided a carpet of white flowers in memory of the growing numbers of disabled people who have been killed by the State. The rising numbers of deaths shortly after disabled people have been found fit to work by Atos Healthcare, on behalf of the Government, for the past two years are unavailable from the DWP. Someone should be asking why such vital information is no longer collated ??
http://dpac.uk.net/2013/09/10k-cuts-and-counting-video/ - re 10,000 Cuts and Counting Video link – WHERE was BBC News??
http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/hold-news/news/3184-10-000-cuts – photographic testimony.
Given that my research exposed the real reasons behind the welfare ‘reforms’, as planned long ago regardless of the banking crisis, and the fact that the national press have confirmed that the Coalition Government have prevented the press from exposing this evidence to the British public, I invite you to now offer a detailed explanation as to why the BBC have tolerated what would appear to be obvious Government interference with BBC News editorial?
Back in November 2007, BBC News exposed the unacceptable influence of one of the world’s most notorious corporate insurance giants with the planned UK welfare reforms, who boasted that they were ‘guiding’ UK welfare reforms. This company continues to influence government policy, are invested in corporate influence within the NHS reforms, hold fringe meetings at political conferences and continue to hide behind the scenes whilst the British welfare state is systematically destroyed, as planned by them many years ago. In 2007 the BBC News apparently enjoyed unadulterated editorial control of the news but, clearly, under the Coalition Government and with you as Chairman of the BBC Trust, this is sadly no longer the case.
This serious matter clearly calls into question your position as the Chair of the BBC Trust given that you were once a Conservative MP. I trust this letter has attracted your urgent attention and at least 100,000 people look forward to your response at your earliest possible convenience, which will be widely published on the Internet.
M A STEWART
Disabled veteran (WRAF)
Former healthcare professional