It was Gordon Brown and politics to begin the BBC late afternoon news yesterday and again I missed the presenters name, again I apologise. Nevertheless, we heard how the Labour Party conference will begin tomorrow at Bournemouth and speculation is looming over an early election.
We headed for the seaside resort to meet reporter Guto Harris, he told of how the Government "turned round" the Northern Rock crisis and handled others admirably, including that of foot and mouth. It seems that public opinion is with the Labour Party at present and they may well take their chance for re election. Additionally, plans are to be unveiled which should reassure savers who are still concerned over the financial market turmoil; our government is looking at increasing the monetary levels of the deposit protection scheme. This should allow savers to deposit up to £100,000 in a savings account with no risk of losses and hopefully provide some stability to the volatile economic market.
We saw Gordon arriving at the hotel, holding hands with his wife, and applauded in by a group of young party activists before we cut to another young man, this one opening an account at the Northern. He was questioned as to whether his funds would be secure and replied in the affirmative, stating that his savings would be "guaranteed by the Government". This is not actually true, the Government have only guaranteed existing savers funds, not new deposits, however the BBC did not point out this error in any manner, and some viewers may have been left believing a potentially costly untruth. Images of sailing boats and police officers were shown throughout the feature and we closed by seeing the sun setting on the horizon as again reference was made to the potential forthcoming election.
Foot and mouth followed, again Gordon Brown was involved, reason being that a meeting of the government crisis team, Cobra, was held yesterday to review the position. What the outcome of the meeting was we were not made privy to, although another fresh outbreak was discovered yesterday. We heard from Government vet Debby Reynolds who told how more animals had been culled. Are readers aware that rats and hedgehogs can carry the virus ?
Education was next, it appears that some headteachers have complained about the standard of exam marking when carried out online. Enquries are to be carried out to establish whether or not this is actually the case although we were told it seems unlikely.
Iran was next on the agenda, yesterday was the annual military parade and President Ahmadinejad told how if any country attacks his, they will experience "nothing but regret". The BBC told how this could somehow be translated into "Iran squares up against the West" although I do not think that was actually the intended meaning. Anyhow, the president had brought out his collection of military hardware and armed forces for the event so we saw a procession of missiles and similar weaponry passing by along with the revolutionary guard.
We were reminded that there would be "no compromise (by the West) over the nuclear issue" to close.
Burma followed, a rerun of an earlier feature this week, again we saw monks marching in protest over social conditions.
It was sport to close, rugby first, including the National Anthem - God save the Queen, before turning to another imminent retiree, Tim Henman, at the tennis, then finishing with football.
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
From Orwell's 1984