Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Students against Brexit could be more persuasive

Back to this blog from Hello Spiders as Guardian gets more obvious. Trend still for more issues to be part of Hello Spiders, but this bog continues.

By now it is obvious there is a bias in this blog that Brexit is a disaster. It will be reversed sometime. How much damage meanwhile? Will there be a right shift in alarm at how much is disappointing? betrayal where?

But meanwhile how to oppose it. The pro Brexit press seems to me to have lost some energy. The Corbyn as spy series is wierd but may get space as May on security is a bit boring and also complex.

Anyway, my main concern is that the pro Remain journalism is not much better, indeed seems to get more introverted in another sort of way. Today Guardian has story on group of students with a youth campaign.

Trouble is the message to older voters seems to be "please drop dead, there is no chance your opinion will change". Do they really want a result or just get applause from people who agree with them?

Some benefit of the doubt for those in less advantaged regions. "If you voted leave it doesn't mean you're a xenophobic racist, it's that you want change."

My suggestion is that if that is a direction to follow it could be useful to look at what Corbyn actually said during the referendum. Arguments pro EU about working time , rights, environment not reported well. Is the aim really to persuade Corbyn and persuade the voters in potential Labour seats? There are enough Lords and city research units to present the economic damage of Brexit. But in itself who can this persuade?

Monday, 22 January 2018

Guardian should cover tweets more

Print Guardian today page 11 reports on Farage and Banks in possible new project as alternative to UKIP. Not much actually happening, apparently.

But I think there is more going on with social media than appears through print. Westmonster is very active, also Breitbart London. Moggmentum is hard to distinguish. Mogg turns up on Unherd quite often.

Guardian maybe too much on distrust and social media. See blog on ReadG. But they could do some investigation into where Farage is heading and what the themes are.

For example @MayorofLondon not getting much support from Conservatives in standing up to @potus . Check the tweets and retweets for background.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Trump, Brexit, Farage,Umunna, BBC clip

This sound clip compacts several issues that crop up in newspapers. Shows how close Trump and Brexit have become as issues.



Sunday, 7 January 2018

Mail On Sunday Spins Trump Trade Deal

This is the most interesting Brexit story so far this year. The Mail on Sunday has reported an interview with Michael Wolff, author of a Trump book, in which he reportedly claims that Trump will only agree to a UK/USA trade deal if he is invited to the Royal Wedding. Whether or not this is true it is interesting the Mail on Sunday has reported it. They usually make a case against Brexit, in balance for the views the rest of the week. This story raises a doubt about how easy a USA trade deal would be.

The speculation that an invitation is unlikely seems reasonable. Also there is still confusion as to whether Trump plans to come to UK just to open the new embassy. Maybe he changes his mind often, as suggested by the claims in the book.

People reading this outside the UK should check the print source of some of the stories on the website. My guess is that the pro Brexit approach is also kinder to Trump but not sure.



Thursday, 14 December 2017

Daily Mail not quite as convincing as during referendum

Expands on tweets ( @will789gb ) as I have bought recent newspapers. More study later but this bit relates to recent tweets from Anna Soubry.

Telegraph reports Chief Whip threatened to sue for defamation as he strongly denied he had "bullied" a female MP and reduced her to tears. p4.

But Mail editorial asks "Was she truly a victim of bullying? Or were these tears of remorse for threatening wanton treachery?" p14

so there were tears, some might say

But Express and Sun are not into opinion front pages on this topic. Telegraph may regret the earlier front page with a list of the rebels. It seems not to have the impact they managed during the referendum.

Not sure when but there will come a time when the broadcast media do not follow this sort of thing quite as closely as previously.

continues on Twitter.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

@bbcr4today follows newspapers, hard Brexit continues online #blameTheresatheAppeaser

I am trying to stop buying newspapers so much but am also trying to understand BBC reporting. Radio 4 news today starts with fact that Michael Gove has suggested voters can change policy in the next election. Hard to understand why this is news. Then Nick Robinson sets up an interview with a reference to a range of views from Mail to Telegraph. Turns out in his questions that Gove may have meant to say vote for a different Conservative leader. So I have now bought a Telegraph, all much understated than @bbcr4today suggests. Charles Moore apologises for "sounding negative about poor Mrs May's efforts". No mention of betrayal or anything like it.

So a couple of questions that may turn up.

Why is the BBC still following an agenda set by newspapers? ( Nick Robinson not the only proper journalist puzzled as to why social media continues with alternative views )

If there is an election can there be a change of direction towards a single market, even back to whatever the EU would offer? How soon can this happen?

Meanwhile if the transition period turns out to be a bit of a muddle I do not think the Brexit newspapers now have the circulation or energy to work up the crashing out option. This still continues online with Westmonster, Breitbart London, Moggmentum, Leave.EU . Still not known what happened in the referendum with Russian bots, but somehow everything continues anyway. Scale and timing to clarify later.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Tabloids back off Remoaners, is there tweet danger for May? #blameTheresatheAppeaser

This is a very speculative post, may be out of time and scale, but could connect with something soonish. I am gradually closing down for holidays, need to clear newspapers from living space in case of guests.

I think the tabloids, well mostly Telegraph, have backed off turning the Remoaners into demons. There are now more of them but even though they made a public statement there is almost no negative reporting and not much of a story. One explanation is that the newspapers think the readers will not go along with it as the Brexit enthusiasm is not on same level as during referendum. Also tweets and social media have begun to take over. Westmonster gets funding as Express may be for sale.

But maybe the gap has moved on, not against a fringe of MPs but against Theresa May prepared to get a deal with EU. Not sure what support for a crash exit there is in business but it seems some newspapers are ok about it. The tweet world - Breitbart London, Westmonster, Leave.EU, MoggMentum - has started to raise the possibility of getting rid of May. I have started to retweet some of these with the tag - #blameTheresatheAppeaser.

Some of this is now in the newspapers. Today Telegraph page one "support from Eurosceptic Tory MPs...ebbing away" , ..."leadership candidates including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davisare said to be in a state of readiness in case of a coup, though none is prepared to wield the knife" Quentin Letts in Daily Mail reports on Prime Ministers' questions - May "greeted with cheers from Government sycophants" but "regarded with suspicion by Conservative Brexiteers." Tom Newton Dunn in Sun (p2) "David Davis allies have launched a bid to make him PM"...... Sun sources - "Theresa will be gone by Christmas". Iain Martin comment subheadline in Times (p33) time to acknowledge May unsuited to leadership and must be replaced urgently - on Brexit Canada plus arrangements for City and Ireland. New Prime Minister Gove Rudd or -unlikely- #Boris. Too much peril for a general election. key figures to meet and agree.

Fleet Street for Brexit might get behind this sort of thing but more likely as tweets for now ( whether or not picked up by Russian bots ) .

Not sure how this is working out but my guess is Fleet Street as print will be shown as losing influence as in previous occasions.

By the way, Bannon and Breitbart not always concerned with interests of existing party organisation.