Young, hopeful and talented journalist Michael Gray asks in his article for the National newspaper, do we have the courage to have a free press?
I believe its more than this too. Not only do we need questioning minds – we need radical re-thinks urgently.
A century ago ordinary men and women fought in the first global scale war of WW1. There were major upheavals at this time. In Russia, another Peasants Revolt led by Marxist socialist thought, when their royal family were killed.
And brought reminders of the French and American revolutions. In England, the Peasants Revolt of 1381. At times of great disparity between the rich and poorer, something has to give. Unfortunately the socialism of Red Russia simply brought in another elite to replace the first one.
Progressive socialism requires a well educated work force, good childcare provision and a level playing field for all citizens – not subjects! It requires all citizens to realise that to achieve a healthy, happier society requires far greater equality and fairness for all.
The greed of the trickle-down capitalism of Reagan and Thatcher’s 80s years – of big shoulders, big hair, big high rises, big bankers bonuses – the theory was that this would raise everyone up! Some continue to believe in this classical empire building model. Then there are the failed theories of socialism of the Left’s tax and spend, without pursuing economic growth also.
The healthiest and happiest nations have both – capitalist growth alongside strong social responsibility. This doesn’t mean countries like Sweden encourage laziness or scroungers.
We now have an opportunity with all the major advances in technology, communication and travel to put things right.
This can only happen in small places. Therefore Nicola sturgeon in Scotland has a moral responsibility to pursue Scottish Independence while it has to happen from the ground or grassroots upwards.
**Historian Naill Fergusson, In the Sunday Times, argues that ‘Fleet street’ supported Blair’s decisions to go to the Iraq War.
What is this? Journalists are not elected by the people and the journalists are controlled by commercial Barons. Does this mean the UK Press – controlled by one man Rupert Murdoch – that this is OK too?
Murdoch’s Papers all supported NO in the Scottish referendum and LEAVE in the EU referendum. There were ‘free’ voices – Charles Kennedy, Robin Cooke, Alex Salmond and more – who campaigned against the war.
**AND on the BBCs Question Time 7th July – one women asked my question – Can we have fair democracy of free Referendums with a Press controlled by the media mogul Rupert Murdoch?
The BBC only spends a small proportion of the money raised in Scotland on BBC Scotland programing.