April 22nd, 2013

Another DCMS Blow to Free Speech
ECHR Uphold UK Censorship on Political Adverts

Culture Secretary Maria Miller is rather chirpy this morning that the government have won their case in the ECHR  against opening the door to the freedom for political parties to reach a wider broadcast audience:

“We welcome the fact that the European Court has upheld the UK’s blanket ban on political advertising.  Political adverts are – and have always been – banned on British TV and radio.  That ban has wide support and has helped sustain the balance of views which is at the heart of British broadcasting – and ensures the political views broadcast into our homes are not determined by those with the deepest pockets.”


UPDATE: PA has more:

“An animal rights group has narrowly lost a bid to open up paid political advertising in the UK. Human rights judges in Strasbourg ruled in a 9-8 test case verdict that Government refusal to allow Animal Defenders International to screen a TV advert promoting animal rights was not a breach of ADI’s freedom of expression.”

It was close…


  1. 1

    But the BBC is one big political advert…


    • 21
      q says:

      rather like sky then


      • 27
        Witty topical moniker says:

        Like Sky?

        Oh yeah, ‘cos if I don’t take out a Sky subscription I get prosecuted, right?


      • 45
        facepalm says:

        No. BBC is compulsory to subscribe to if you want to watch Sky.


        • 69
          David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

          But Hacked Off are allowed in for cross party talks to introduce press regulation by law. So will the other interest groups be allowed the same courtesy? How about coalition for marriage being part of the talks on legislation to introduce a law that the majority do not want. Seems fair.


    • 24
      Misterned says:

      + infinity


    • 25
      Self hating lefties says:

      No, the BBC is just a ‘counterbalance’ to the evil Murdoch. Who supported Labour until very recently.

      It is very important to media plurality. After all, the BBC only controls a meagre 75% of the radio spectrum in this country.

      We need a progressive media license to help our brothers and sisters at the Guardian. Three billion a year will secure the many articles on Alan Rusbridger’s piano lessons that this nation desperately needs.


  2. 2
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Someone has to maintain the crimewave by the LibLabCon, can’t let other people in that might upset the LibLabCon crimewave.


    • 23
      erm? says:

      has anybody had an mp come round their house to seek election? has anybody ever seen an mp at work? who are these people and where do they come from?


      • 39
        Anonymous says:

        I saw with my own eyes one avoiding to do work. That was so he could have time for his other illegal pursuits.

        For that, and the consequences, he will never be elected again.

        (Unless he understands care for constituents equates to votes. Something I doubt he has the ability to mentally connect.)


  3. 3
    lolwut says:

    How is this a bad thing?


    • 10
      Anonymous says:

      I would presume Guido wants the ad revenue, no?
      Anyone who has spent time in the States around any kind of campaign time will know that this is a very, very good thing.


    • 11
      Alexsandr says:

      yes. do we really want to be bombarded with political stuff on commercial stations all the time?
      If parties want us to vote for us they need to get on the doorsteps and sell their message.
      but they dont want to do that cos they will probably get a broken nose.


    • 28
      Sir William W says:

      Thank heaven! The airwaves are safe for loan sharks, furniture sheds, ambulance-chasing lawyers, wrinkle cream con artists, tax-dodging multinationals, purveyors of animal comminutes disguised as food and other corporate shysters.


  4. 4
    SomeoneElse says:

    should come in handy when the david vs goliath IN/OUT punch-up happens


  5. 5
    Cecil Rhodes says:

    Welcome to Zimbabwe…..right sh*thole, is`nt it?


    • 31
      Living in 97.1% white Merseyside says:

      I could visit Zimbabwe – only a few hours by the fastest train from Lime Street.


  6. 6
    Really? says:


  7. 7
    Village Idiot says:

    “Status Quo”?????


  8. 8
    Useless Factoid says:

    And for some strange reason political adverts although allowed on roadside hoardings and bus shelters are also not allowed in train stations !!


  9. 13
    Trots says:

    The BBC would be sneaking in Trots and Euro ads in between programes.

    Plus I never watch adds anyway.


  10. 15
    tigerowl says:

    GOOD. Enough politics shoved down our throats.


  11. 20
    q says:

    what’s happening with maria miller’s expenses – just how long does it take to resolve this matter??????


    • 68
      Hugh Janus says:

      Yes, my thoughts too. Or have our mutually-backscratching political class quietly dropped the whole thing? We should be told!


  12. 22
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    Coronation street is being brought to you by the socialist workers party. Work makes you free!!


  13. 29
    Socialist Morons & Socialist leeches on BBC iPlayer says:

    It is all tripe anyway!


  14. 32
    Maggie says:

    Denis was the only man to ever enter my snatch. But when it came to wanting anal, the lady was not for turning.


    • 41
      Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

      Yvette Cooper’s arse must be red raw by now.


      • 44
        Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

        She was going to change her name to Balls but people would just call her ‘Have et Balls’.


  15. 43
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    What does it say About Liverpool FC that they do not sack Suarez?


  16. 49
    Bazinga! says:

    Yet more BBC bias. This time ugly face Victoria Derbyshire slagging off the idea of nurses spending a year leaning how to wipe arse and wash people

    “what a waste of time” is the BBC meme.

    Yes because as we know the NHS is just so fucking good at basic health care you know like washing and feeding people isn’t it?


  17. 50
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    The BBC seem to have inside knowledge on the health of the captured Boston bomber. How do they know that he may never speak again?
    Is the BBC making it all up as they go along?


    • 62
      Bazinga! says:

      Yes, the BBC have spent hours now trying to tell us these are ‘home grown terrorists’ when of course they are not, they are no American by birth and the older brother spent 6 months recently back in his homeland, probably getting terror training.
      But non the less the BBC like to shoot up some coke and then spout their shit and lies.


  18. 54
    Apumanche says:

    Does this mean the end of Party Political Broadcasts?
    (This message is also being shown on Channel 6)


    • 63
      Phil says:

      Listen to Radio 4 and 5 live daily. It is one long diatribe against the tories interspersed with doomladen comments from every person, group or public sector organisation that wants to take a swing in support of Derbyshite or Humphrey’s left wing, pro labour political agenda.


      • 66
        Will says:

        All this does at the end of the day is that all news becomes one big party advert. I hopw when the BBC charter comes up for renewal that its ownership of local media is looked at as its control of local news is over 50%.


  19. 61
    Bazinga! says:

    I noticed that the BBC have a habit of NOT mentioning the word Muslim when Muslims are the perpetrators of violence (they are simply called men, Asian or occasionally Islamists – as if somehow an Islamist is not a Muslim) but when Muslims are on the receiving end of it the BBC are very quick to use the word Muslim.

    Does the BBC think we don’t notice this bias?

    Just Google News and BBC and Muslim and notice that the stories mentioning Muslim all have a pro Muslim slant.


  20. 67
    Fraser says:

    Thank god for that. TV advertising would push up campaign spending and make our politicians more beholden to donors. Look at the mess the US is in. A good bunch of people who voted in the gun reform laws voted to avoid being torn to shreds by NRA publicity. Do we want our politicians kow-towing to special interests?


  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    The Torys don’t need commercial adverts, whilst they have the beeb in their pockets.


  22. 72
    Anonymous says:

    pifs were political, I thought, as per, when Heath was running out o time in 1974, when a Labour government was looming. Didn’t work though.


  23. 73
    Penfold says:

    TV’s vacuous enough without having to endure daily political brainwashing at the hands of professional liars and thieves.

    With this ruling, the BBC can now be given a damn good thumping and kicking, to rid themselves of their inbuilt leftie bias, or else the licence fee is toast.


  24. 77
    Nick says:

    The question should be none of the business of the ECHR in the first place.


  25. 78
    Andrew says:

    Wrong this time, Guido. We can do without political advertising American style,and that’s where it would end.

    Anyway, any judgment which pisses off the revolting animal-rights lobby, even one from Strasbourg, can’t be all bad.


  26. 79
    Bed Alls says:

    Ed Balls


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