Agenda Setting: When should lockdown measures be eased?

Who sets the Agenda?

The BBC Agenda

The BBC News Presenter’s Tweet above consists of a short question and a statement, followed by another short question.

This is effective communication. Her job is to stimulate discussion. To guide viewers into the issue and also to help set the agenda.

This is the science of public opinion. It overlaps with agenda setting, propaganda and disinformation.

Competing claims don’t always get the same attention.

So who, or what, drives the agenda?

Is it a fixed or ever changing group of people?

Does Agenda Setting strategy depend on the situation?

The following quote is from the wikipedia entry on Agenda Setting

Although this topic would be interesting on any occasion, the current corona virus helps shine light on the workings of agenda setting.

It is much clearer to see the government’s messaging strategy as it is currently so prominent.

This means it is possible to speculate on the government’s objectives and definitively observe its methods.

Below is the oft repeated UK government slogan. It is Orwellian in its gaslighting.

If you have Covid19 you are encouraged to stay at home.

If you don’t have it, you are encouraged to stay at home.

So if you need help, you are encouraged to die quietly at home.

So the Covid19 story in the UK is one of propaganda and accounting.

Few people are being tested so nobody knows who has it and who doesn’t.

This means the disease can spread easily without anyone knowing where the hotspots are.

The technology for tracing is being rolled out late and is instead being used for general surveillance purposes.

The following Guardian article uses the word de-anonymisation to describe ministers taking data about the whole population and using it to target individuals, as you would expect in a full on police state:

This is just one example of the agenda. In France and at EU level the tracing conversation has already started. People know it means surveillance but they are forced to accept it along with all the other government imposed lockdown measures.

The population has trouble fighting draconian government measures at the best of times. But during an unprecedented global reaction to a post-war pandemic it is particularly hard to organise when you’re not even allowed to meet.

The yellow vests in France gathered to oppose Macron every weekend for over a year but have stopped thanks to Macron’s lockdown.

And in the UK all we have been treated to by the corporate backed media has been coverage of Boris Johnson supposedly contracting a severe case of corona virus which necessitated that he self isolate and eventually go to intensive care.

The same agenda setting techniques that were at play during the Brexit campaign are being redeployed during the corona virus.

The aim is not to defeat the virus.

It is to make sure the Conservative government cling to power and deflect all scrutiny away from them and onto anyone else such as the public, health care professionals, public commentators, regulators, suppliers, large corporations and even the opposition.

The following quote by Peter Pomerantsev is taken from the wikipedia entry on Vladmir Surkov, Vladimir Putin’s long standing head of communications.

It is hard not to see similarities with the way modern Britain is run. More effort is made here to convince the public that the government does not interfere with independent regulators, that there are checks and balances in place to protect the public.

But when something is important, then it’s political, and you simply can’t argue with the decision because no-one will hear you out or give you a platform.

Britain is a brilliant place to be rich and powerful. Otherwise you must do what you can to survive.

Vladimir Surkov — José Mourinho or Mr Bean?


Ursula Von der Leyen’s gender balanced pro-war pro-austerity European Commission

Taken from Bloomberg Brussels

Project Pangloss

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is signing up to “feed the five thousand” magical thinking Brexit #leapoffaith.

Far right Tory Andrew Bridgen castigated the Archbishop for wanting to call citizens assemblies to sort out Brexit.

But I think former oil exec turned man of the cloth Justin Welby just wanted to steal a bit of Boris and Greta’s thunder.

How many kids has he buggered and killed in person and via proxy?

Ian from Canberra suggests the figure could be as low as 42.

Daily Mail promoting the idea that only foreigners get perks in prison.

I should that say pokes?

But this was banned as it affected UK competition law (Enough of that).

Paxo blissfully unaware of the media and especially Newsnight’s role in all this.

Gove: A million to one chance things will go wrong

From Startup to Stasi

Brit to run human rights violating too big to jail Pharma firm

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Check out Clive’s case. It’s shocking!

Sajid’s Splurge

Fleece the customer for shareholder value!

Don’t vote, it encourages them


The Great British Fraud Machine


The BBC, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), & Financial Conduct Authority have conspired to criminally defraud, bankrupt and asset strip thousands of small businesses throughout the UK.

New film Spank the Banker shows that other banks, including state-owned Lloyd’s, have also engaged in financial terrorism against British business.

Though the banks’ and the financial regulator’s misdeeds are well known in social media circles, the state run BBC does its best to give the government backed multimillion pound fraud campaign as little coverage as possible.

BBC Omertà

The sparse coverage the BBC has ever given has been carefully framed to disempower victims rather than to help them campaign for justice.

The following email trail reveals the BBC’s micromanagement of the RBS reign of terror coverup.

The BBC specialty is ignoring colossal collusive corruption in which state-backed banks defraud British Business to make up for the gambling losses of Britain’s most reckless high rolling investment bankers.

Neil Mitchell & Noel Edmonds

Neil Mitchell and TV presenter Noel Edmonds are victims of the Lloyds / RBS government-backed fraud machine.

But they’ve chosen to fight back.

They made Spank the Banker

Pre-emptive Gagging

BBC Birmingham producers were keen to interview Noel Edmonds at an upcoming Birmingham screening of the film.

The following mail is from Noel Edmonds’ publicist to Samir, the film’s director, and Adam, from BBC Local Radio.

This all looks very promising.

But when the BBC found out that the film was about government corruption, criminality and fraud, the BBC suddenly lost interest.

Noel’s agent:

When pressed as to why they had lost interest in the multimillion pound bank fraud story with a former top BBC presenter, Noel Edmonds, a victim, BBC News PR replied:

So there you have it.

No comment, despite the newsworthiness of the story.

We tweeted the radio programme producer.

But again, no reply.


The BBC producer who had originally expressed an interest in interviewing Noel Edmonds was asked why the content was not deemed appropriate .

And finally he replied with a definitive … fudge.

So there you have it.

The BBC requested tickets to the event and started to arrange an interview with Noel Edmonds but when they found out about the content they pulled out and then completely denied it was anything to do with the content!

Fraud on the People

The scale of political bias at the BBC is unprecedented. The merging of state and corporate interests against small businesses and the public is a clear sign of a corrupt state, a corrupt banking system, a corrupt regulator, corrupt broadcaster, zero media regulation, zero trust and a turbo-corrupt government.

No wonder people now vote for extremist parties.

The steady diet of infantilisation & middle of the road reporting masks world class fraud and racketeering operations.

The RBS & BBC information mafias happen to have claimed many innocent individuals’ lives.

The scale of their truth crimes is off the charts.

For more information about uninterrupted state backed UK bank fraud, do watch Spank the Banker!

Click here for trailer: Spank the Banker


Theresa May’s Corruption-as-a-Service and the Visit of the Torturing Saudi Prince


Bloomberg has just shown that the May Government’s proposals to shut the Serious Fraud Office are part of the UK’s post Brexit offer of Corruption-as-a-Service.

UK territories already include tax havens like Jersey and the Cayman Islands, so why not go the whole way and get rid of fraud prosecution altogether?

Steve Middleton, Financial Adviser and Founder of Bank Confidential, says that if you’re an up-to-no-good financial services outfit, who would you rather be on your case, Hercules Poirot or Inspector Clouseau?

That is the current state of affairs in the UK with the FCA, Bank of England, City of London Economic Crime Police, Audit Firms, Law Firms, SFO and the revolving door with the Banks.

As long as regulators are muzzled and employees afraid to speak out, the culture of Omertà that financial journalist Ian Fraser has said exists in UK financial services will never go away.

A potential whistleblower has to jump through many legal hoops in order to get whistleblower status and all for very little reward.

See it. Say it. Sorted.

The government’s recent “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign applies to unattended baggage and foreign looking individuals,

But as pointed out by the Bloomberg Report, the government’s entire post Brexit strategy is premised on suspect packages of cash making their way into the UK financial system with absolutely minimal questions asked.

The “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign is run by British Transport Police which reports to the Home Office.

Contrast that with typing  “Speak up”, “Whistleblower” into a UK-based search engine. What you get is a fractured wild west of consulting firms all of whom are competing with each other to get private sector contracts to help companies deal with whistleblowers.

That’s right, containing whistleblowers is a business opportunity in the UK whereas in the US they have their own whistleblowing agency which pays whistleblowers in the case of successful prosecutions.

Hostile Environment

The hostile environment that Theresa May has chosen to create for immigrants in this country does not extend to dirty money, dictators, or the proceeds of massive financial crime.

Senior Saudi Officials are in town this week. The type that hire American mercenary firms to torture their own cousins in American owned Marriott Hotels in order to extract $100 billion and show everyone who’s boss.

This would be equivalent to Amber Rudd hiring ex-Met Chief Phillip Hogan Howe’s new HSBC financed security firm to torture the previous Home Secretary Theresa May for a few months in exchange for her and her husband’s pension and most of their life savings.

Of course all talk of British made bombs being dropped on innocent hungry Yemeni children is off limits.

The UK is still angling for the Saudis to give clearance for Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil firm,  to float on the London Stock Exchange.

Such a transaction would allow for millions in commission to float through to the City of London and to the advisers on the deal – HSBC.

One of the main advantages the UK has over the US is that in the UK no-one will ever bring a lawsuit agains the Saudis for harbouring terrorists.

In New York, lawyers are licking their lips at the chance of winning compensation for 911 victims from Saudi Arabia as 11 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

If Gadaffi had to pay for Lockerbie than why not the Saudis?

So UK really is selling immunity as a service. The ultimate form of liberalism. We believe in a form of diversity that takes in acceptance of war criminals and genocide as well as mere guns, drugs and terror.

I interviewed anti-corruption campaigner and HSBC Whistleblower Nicholas Wilson during the last election and he explained the situation nicely:

Nicholas Wilson has blogged, tweeted and spoken about these issues and UK politics in general from an HSBC angle. The data he presents and the power mapping he has done points strongly to the systems that are in place to protect the UK establishment as well as transnational corporations at the expense of much human life and the environment. To those of you who are interested in political puppetry and the revolving door, I strongly suggest following his campaign.

Public Relations

You have to admire the chutzpah of these Tories. It’s all done in plain sight and they only ever lie about it when questioned.

This puff piece in defence of Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is by an employee of the Islamaphobic Henry Jackson Society and appears in the Independent which is owned by the same Russian Oligarch that employed George Osborne to edit the Evening Standard.

The Standard and Independent’s mission is therefore clear: Oppose Brexit but promote anything which protects billionaires, like money laundering.


On Thursday George Osborne, current editor of the Evening Standard and architect of extended austerity policies that inflicted misery on millions, issued a self congratulatory tweet upon the news that the austerity deficit target had finally been met, two years after he was ejected and nearly 8 years after it started.


The question i ask myself is whether anyone is going to get the Labour Party to debate these issues openly and vigorously and put clear unambiguous pledges and policy in its manifesto that can stop this sort of thing forever.

Those who wish to contribute, please step forward.


Head of NHS England Simon Stevens may be prosecuted by the Department of Justice for defrauding the US taxpayer of hundreds of millions of dollars

Defrauding Families in the UK

The following story about overcharging at private care homes appeared on page 2 of yesterday’s Daily Mail – before the announcement of the ‘snap election’:

Similar Strategy in the US

This story has many similarities to  the US Department of Justice’s investigation into US Health Insurer United Health’s pilfering of the American public purse in its Medicare programme.

Simon Stevens

The man who ran the Medicare programme when UnitedHealth allegedly overcharged the American taxpayer by hundreds of millions of dollars was Simon Stevens – current head of NHS England.

According to his current LinkedIn Profile, Stevens was Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare between 2006 – 2009

His CV goes on to say:

America’s leading seniors health company, with $30 billion revenues and serving one-in-five Medicare beneficiaries nationwide in partnership with AARP – the world’s largest voluntary organization. Launched the largest Medicare Part D benefits plan, also managing the largest Medicare-focused PBM.

Here’s a screenshot from LinkedIn: 


Conflict of Interests

So if Simon Stevens knew about the multimillion dollar fraud cases that took place on his watch – did he  declare or disclose any of this to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, or to NHS England?

It is now in the public interest for all correspondence between Simon Stevens, NHS England and Jeremy Hunt prior to his 2014 appointment to be made public.

Corporate Takeover

Stevens advised the Department of Health and Blair throughout the period when the NHS was using PFI to build hospitals. So he basically aided and abetted the bankruptcy of the NHS and now looks to be finishing off the job.

Election Issue

This ought to be an election issue. I hope Shadow Health secretary John Ashworth raises this conflict of interests during the campaign.

Can such an individual be trusted to look after the NHS?


Is recent UK Care Home Fraud case similar to multimillion dollar USA fraud perpetrated by Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England?


The following story about overcharging at private care homes appeared on page 2 of yesterday’s Daily Mail:

This story has many similarities to  the US Department of Justice’s investigation into US Health Insurer United Health’s pilfering of the American public purse in its Medicaid programme.

The man who ran the Medicaid programme when UnitedHealth allegedly overcharged the American taxpayer by multimillion dollar was Simon Stevens – current head of NHS England.

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Stevens was :


Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare

Dates Employed2006 – 2009

Employment Duration: 3 yrs

Location: USA

America’s leading seniors health company, with $30 billion revenues and serving one-in-five Medicare beneficiaries nationwide in partnership with AARP – the world’s largest voluntary organization. Launched the largest Medicare Part D benefits plan, also managing the largest Medicare-focused PBM.

If Simon Stevens knew about the fraud case – did he declare it?

And can he be trusted to look after the NHS?


Telegraph thoroughly defrauds its readers over RBS – again

The Financial Conduct Authority has accused Sunday Telegraph journalists Ben Martin and James Quinn of attempting to launder RBS’s reputation despite several reports by Buzzfeed, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and BBC Newsnight, of RBS’s rampant and widespread criminal behaviour.  

RBS knowingly missappropriated its SME customers’ assets to improve its capital ratio and meet regulatory requirements in what the banks executives themselves referred to as their own ‘dash for cash’.

The Daily Telegraph has form when it comes to lying to its readers. Former chief political correspondent Peter Oborne quit in early 2015 over its unwillingness to report accurately on HSBC fraud.

Martin and Quinn’s piece this morning gives RBS a headline and a platform with which to pretend that the GRG allegations are all false despite overwhelming evidence that RBS knowingly defrauded its SME clients.

The FCA say they are not in  a position to comment on GRG till they publish their findings. 

When that will be remains anyone’s guess.

So we have the ugly prospect of two sets of state employees continuing to score points against each other by withholding and ignoring the truth about their own involvement in withholding and ignoring the truth.

The mind boggles at the unfathomable depths to which these civil servants will plumb in order to prevent justice and transparency and protect the shadiest part of the state’s fraudulent investment portfolio.

Is it morally right to cannibalise your own citizens if you do it via the people’s de facto sovereign wealth fund?

Innocent British businessmen were sold ‘protection’ on loans they took out with the bank but unknown to them the small print stated they were on the wrong side of an unlimited downside spread bet with the bank in which they had unwittingly remortgaged the roofs over their families’ heads.

Given that fraud is the banking industry’s business model all this should not come as a surprise.