In the blogspace of Constantly Furious today it is explained how Gordon Brown is putting gagging order on the Military during the election campaign by taking away the right of free speech from those serving in Afghanistan and removing all embedded journalists.
I have therefore given an undertaking to also open up my blogspace here to any member of the Military who feels the need to speak out during the election period, and to any journalist who would normally be embedded with our troops in Afghanistan.
Constantly Furious explains:
After his pathetic, grandstanding, post-Chilcot tour of Afghanistan a couple of days ago, Gordon has decided he has no further use for our armed forces.
That’s right, even those who are out there on the front line, on active duty. Fighting for Queen and Country.
Nope: Gordon’s used the props, had his photo-op, and now he couldn’t give a shit about them.
So now it’s time to shut them up. After all, Gordo’s got an election to win. And anything that might make us consider voting for anyone else must be ruthlessly supressed.
He of course refers to the story in the Daily Telegraph which details parts of an MoD memo:
“British journalists and TV crews are to be banned from the Afghan front line once a date for the election has been set, while senior officers will be prohibited from making public speeches and talking to reporters”
Is this called censorship? Yes, I believe it is..
But hang on, there’s more:
“..embeds for all British news broadcasters and national journalists will be prohibited during the campaign”
As CF says: Note, folks, only British journalists. Everyone else can hear how well or badly this war is going: just not the (voting) British public. Dear God.
But then we come to the cynical cherry on this giant shit-cake, the crowning glory. Wait for it….
“MoD websites will also be “cleansed” of any “non-factual” material including anything containing troops’ opinions of the war”
Note that word “cleansed”. This has got nothing to do with national security and everything to do with party politics. I for one will not be censored by politicians, and will throw this blog open to anyone wishing to use it for the purposes of making personal opinion known and reporting events in Afghanistan during the election campaign that do not breach any national security guidelines.
Understand that Gordon Brown’s opinion is not law, that Labour Party spin is not law and every voter has a right to free speech.
This war may be a political embarrassment to our dear leader, but the people of Britain have a right to know what our politicians are doing, including those days when they are on the doorsteps feeding you their bullshit direct. We already face a huge democratic deficit in politics, this just makes it totally unacceptable and unpalatable.
Go read the full Constantly Furious article, and see just how furious he is. It has made me so red-eyed angry that just like CF, I want to make the following offer as well.
Come here, and have your say. Have a guest post. Have as many as you want. Email me using the address above right, contact me on Twitter (@IanPJ), message me via Facebook. Stick links in the comments.
We will not let this fucking corrupt, mendacious, inept Government censor you for PR reasons.
Labour can censor and restrict the tame, buyable, dead-tree media, but they can fuck right off out of the blogosphere.