5 Burst results for "Harold Wilson"
"harold wilson" Discussed on The Media Show
"It would be interested though from your perspective. The question that is often asked is what's in it for them. What's in it for evgeny led enough to be a proprietor or a newspaper proprietor in the UK? Do you know the temptation to buy a newspaper has been something which many people with deep pockets have thought would be one of the most enjoyable? To wield influence that's what we assume people do it for, of course, being a proprietor brings influence, but the independent has no proprietor. We are individual independent original producers of news and comment, which is an unadulterated by any interference from anyone who's got any money invested in. I accept all that about the independent. I still think it is worth it. I want to explore a bit the relationship between the media and politicians. You know, clearly, evgeny lebedev, perhaps he wasn't controversial at the beginning of you knowing him. He has become a more controversial figure. He's come under scrutiny, for example, in the way he was appointed to the House of lords by Boris Johnson, who people say benefited from the support of the Evening Standard when he stood as math for London and then prime minister. Do you think the relationship between the media and politicians is too cozy? Well, I think it's fascinating what's happening at the moment. We're all waiting for Boris's honors or dishonors lists. Your girlfriend might be on the periods list. Inside information, Katie. We're all waiting. And I think people will question the give and take, but it's not new. We saw this going back to Harold Wilson, there's a danger that the contract of trust between a reward gets undermined. And I think people think that happened. I think the honor system is quite a good system of people being rewarded.
"harold wilson" Discussed on The Media Show
"Of Brexit, which in my mind means that BBC News executives should have been resigning in disgrace at the idea of the editor of the daily mail. Sometimes you might approve of some BBC coverage of one story called constantly approve of BBC coverage with one story or another. Someone is obviously biased as him, doesn't approve of unbiased reporting. That much is clear, and by the time 2019, 2020 came around, a collapse in Brexit confidence, the obvious failure of Brexit meant that people were now somehow accusing the BBC of having been impartial on the subject when they'd been anything but so Tim Davy comes in promising to fix an impartiality problem and you use Brexit as your example in the introduction that clearly doesn't exist. John Simpson, just before we bring in David Jordan from the BBC, do you agree with ritler the impartiality is being weaponized against the corporation? Well, I think everything that the BBC does is weaponized by somebody in politics. I mean, I've worked for the BBC since 1966. The day I joined people were starting to talk about Harold Wilson imposing a new chairman on the BBC in order to get rid of the liberal director general of the time and that absolutely happened in the end. Constantly, all through my 55 whatever it is years with the BBC, governments have tried to do their bit to control it and make it say what the government of the day wants it to say. I don't know that that's such a terrible thing as long as the BBC is strong enough and self confident enough to stand up and say, look, don't tell us this. Don't tell me to do this. I know what I ought to do. That's what I mean about going back to the principles. We're going to hear from two former culture secretaries in the next few minutes here on the media show. James O'Brien, John Simpson, Rita Shaw, you're all going to stay with us here, and this is an extended edition of the media show as we discussed the many questions raised by the BBC's handling of Gary Lineker's tweets last week and as promised, we're going to hear from the BBC now. Because we are joined by David Jordan, who's head of editorial policy at the BBC. You've been sitting in listening to what those three big beasts were saying if it's all right to describe you in that way. I mean, it's not an understatement, is it to say it's been a really difficult week for the BBC? What went wrong? Well, I think the director general has made that clear in the things that he said, of course it's difficult. If you have a major dispute in which the BBC is center of a major dispute, particularly if it's a political dispute and of course it's difficult if you lose programs that you're supposed to be broadcasting and audiences suffer as a consequence. Yes, I mean, it goes without saying that that's virtually a definition of difficulty for the BBC. So yes, it's been difficult. But as John was rightly reminded us, this is not the first time that the BBC has been embroiled in discussions debates and difficulties about impartiality over its many years of history and it's not unusual as he also said for governments to try to influence what the BBC says that happens in my experience as a former editor of political programs from both sides of the political divide. I can assure you that the people at Bill bank were on the receiving end of many, many loud telephone calls from Alastair Campbell and Peter mandelson when you labor was in office and they're on the receiving.
"harold wilson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Bloomberg opinion informed perspectives and expert data driven commentary on breaking news And it's 9 20 a.m. here in the City of London time to check in with Bloomberg opinion in this morning we're joined by opinion columnist Adrian wooldridge who's been writing about the impact of each fresh party gate revelation on Boris Johnson and his staying power as prime minister Adrian goods have you on the program You also talk essentially about how those revelations are being powered by a disenchanted ex adviser Absolutely Dominic Cummings When it comes with appointed by Boris Johnson David Cameron Johnson's previous has a bit too warned him that he was a career psychopath And it does seem that it was a mistake to appoint him because he has a lot of dirt and his distributing it Very cleverly Talk to us about the support or lack of support within Tory party ranks and how that's evolved over the last week or so Adrian He does still have an 80 seat majority to those within the cabinet to the brexiteers continued to hold the fort and sustain him Absolutely has a huge majority who won against all expectations any one lot of seats that the Tory party had never dreamt of winning and when that happened I think people regarded him as potentially one of the most powerful prime ministers that the country has seen the most powerful since Thatcher And it's all falling apart very very quickly And I think the vocal situation that's the Tory backbenchers are looking which way to jump They come back from a weekend in which they've been talking to their constituents But I think something interesting is happening that there are all sorts of very predictable anti Boris people Scottish Tory MPs allies of Theresa May who he got rid of people on the left of the party They're all anti Johnson essentially But what we've really seen now is a bunch of traditionally pro Johnson brexiteers really questioning whether he is the right person to put push through that agenda And the problem with Boris Johnson is always that is support was a mile wide and an inch deep and that inches now less than an inch And also you talk fascinatingly about how much of a problem it is to have such a powerful prime minister I've heard a lot of comments about the lack of brains in the top ranks of the Conservative Party Rudely put but there we are And that actually that's really a sort of quite an issue but you put it like this that we have a half presidential system in the UK which I haven't thought about it in that way before Absolutely The British prime minister was traditionally meant to be sort of primus in the pares first amongst equal and his real power was still point cabinet ministers And once you disappointed that it ended to sit back and let them get on with it So Harold Wilson for example most of the real work in the Wilson presidency came from the departments that came from the Department of Education or the home office Now largely because of misses Thatcher but consolidated by Tony Blair we have a quasi presidential system in which everything is really driven by Downing Street So if Downing Street is in trouble then the whole of the political system begins to grind to a hold It is something that depends on the vision personality and drive of the prime minister and the confidence that the system has in the prime minister So it leaned up prime minister is much more serious as a problem now than it would have been in the 1960s In terms of getting that policy making done talk to us then just very briefly about something contenders Well the two main contenders are Liz trust who's the foreign secretary and we should sooner who's the Chancellor And they're both interesting in that they have a strong similarity that they're both patriots They would both take Britain back away from the leveling up agenda towards much more like the agenda of the 1980s But they are very very different people She is a public performer She's always been photographed doing capture poses And he's much much more of a sort of disciplined hardworking.
"harold wilson" Discussed on Everything Everywhere Daily
"The debris slammed into the houses and buildings in the village demolishing everything in its path. The buildings that weren't demolished or filled with a black wet mass of sludge and rubble. The panic last junior school was directly in the flow which came down the mountain. From the time the pile began to slide to the moment it came to rest was probably under one minute. A total of one hundred and forty four people were killed in the avalanche. One hundred and twenty eight of which were children between the ages of seven and ten the vast majority of which were inside the pack last junior school rescue efforts were hampered by the fact that the slurry that ran down the mountain began to solidify almost immediately. The mine was notified. Right away and miners. Were down in the village. Within twenty minutes to begin rescue efforts the entire scene of black debris down the side of the mountain into the town looked like a lava flow despite the best efforts of rescuers. No one was brought out of the debris after eleven. Am was alive. The institutional reaction to the disaster was very mixed. The head of the national coal board lord robbins decided not to visit aberfan and instead went to a ceremony to get invested as chancellor of a university. His staff then lied to one of the welsh members of parliament saying that he was on the site. Directing relief efforts the prime minister. Harold wilson to his credit told the wealth secretary of state to quote take whatever action he thought necessary irrespective of any considerations of normal procedures. Expenditure or statutory limitations unquote. Wilson arrived that evening to call for an inquiry into the cause of the disaster. One hundred eleven bodies were recovered by the next morning. The duke of edinburgh prince phillip showed up to meet with rescuers and to console families that evening. Lord robin finally showed up and told the media that the quote would not seek to hide behind any legal loophole or make any legal quibble about responsibility and quote however the very next day. Sunday lord robin and the national coal board were already beginning to deny responsibility. He was now saying quote. I wouldn't have thought myself that anyone would know that there was a spring deep in the heart of a mountain anymore than i could tell you that. There's one under our feet where we are now. If you're asking me did any of my people on the spot know that there was the spring water then the answer is no. They couldn't possibly know and quote. This was of course not true more on that in a bit over the next week funerals began for the victims on october. Twenty seventh there was a mass funeral. For eighty-one children. People began questioning the absence of the queen who finally showed up on october twenty eighth. She has subsequently said that. Not going to aberfan immediately has been her biggest regret as queen tribunal to determine the cause of the disaster was begun even before all the bodies were buried one hundred thirty six. Witnesses testified over seventy six days and along every step of the way the national coal board. It did everything in their power to resist. Having the blame pointed at them it turned out. It was a well known fact that there was a spring under the tip and that three years earlier residents of the village brought this to the attention of the coal board however they were told to let the subject rest or threatened to.
"harold wilson" Discussed on Radio Free Flint
"And he created a trust fund in the citizens bank of which he was a drexel. even today. The new version of citizens bank is huntington bank which is based believe it or not in buckeye land columbus ohio. They bought first merit bank which had bought citizens bank. This all happened about fifteen years ago. Huntington got first merit about six. Seven years ago they have really spruced up ballinger park and memorial park as something. I think you can be proud of today. Although they are not as high tech high level recreational is was back in the glory days of the nineteen fifties where the ice skating ice cream escorts and everything else. The only thing there is in both parties are basketball courts as you could imagine and they are heavily used by all the local kids. So that is the way ballenger in memorial operate today. You're absolutely right. They're private parts. But nobody knows. But i remember as a kid you know looking at that park and i said there's something different about that. Please got green grass and scott real grass. You know my park was all full. You know because the landfill bubbles up over the years and it's getting metal shavings stones and it was almost impossible to play there. But you have a legacy at least with your name attached to it to one of the greatest field houses in the united states. Even today. because it's a home of of this crazy good program at my college basketball. Was steve shout. Yeah the bears yeah. They've been great the schmidt. The coach been a world class coach. And they've won national championships. They've really done the job. Until the pandemic hit my colleges been blessed because of your family your family is touched. My college with its and some ever wrote that we were able to keep such great teachers there because of your family endowment legacy over the years not another thing that my grandfather left was funding for a lecture series. Which over the years. I would argue is almost the best continuing lectures series in the state. I mean they've had world class people they've had werner von braun. They've had former brought british prime minister. Harold wilson they've had lek valente. They're having a program coming up on april first with john bonus boozing. Abc or spotted Who's got his own. Tv show that is continued. All this time that began in the nineteen fifties just after my grandfather died. Well you missed one okay. Likely likely was definitely a speaker. I met spike lee There were you know. Patti smith gain but your family anyway. Est touched a lot of lives. You know when you look at all the things that have been done over the many years by auto pioneers who left money including charles ma. A flint's been blessed in ways that most cities in america hasn't yet a lot of people do not realize with all the terrible news there's been about flint over the last couple of decades even before the flint water crisis i mean flint has gotten such a bad rap nationally and it is viewed as just the pits the urban you know quagmire of the worst of any medium sized to large american city but a lot of people don't realize that the early auto barons so to speak whether there were my ballanger whiting bauer. Sloan all these people. They gave a lot of money to create a college in development which has plotting auditorium. Which has the sloan museum of automotive The flint institute of music and the flint institute of arts in the flint institute of arts is a world class art museum. It's certainly the best art museum. And the biggest in michigan outside of detroit institute of arts. Guess what the detroit institute of arts for years was owned by the city. It wasn't a private you know entity at all you can say that is a private art museum. The flint is toot of ours was the very best in the biggest and the entire state. And it's bigger and better than ever right now. I'll just mention the long way. Planetarium is also there. That's also part of with my vista jewel. The cultural center in flint is the big biggest and best of its kind in any city in michigan and better than most in the united states. You you went. You went to zimmerman right exactly. I went servicemen which was on instill is today on coruna road and my brothers and sisters went there to everybody went to the public schools. My next door neighbors here in flint growing up were harding by the son of cs. Motte and his family to zimmerman junior high school. Which by the way was in one building between gender garden ninth grade. You can go all ten years in one place. It was only five blocks from our house. We walked to school or owner bikes every single day for ten years. Compare that to what's happened in the school system. Today it's tragic you know the flint school system is no law as it existed back there. Which junior high did you go to. Or which i is going to tell you. I'm kinley falcon pin like we had you know. Mckinley longfellow lull emerson. Wet ear and zimmerman. They were the six public junior high schools. That was date tonight. We didn't have middle schools in those days. I still think junior high schools were the best way to go. Go pay six and then go junior high seven through nine. Those six schools that i just mentioned and we had intense rivalries member the basketball games and winter own home at home in a way for each school It was really something. An incredible athletes came out of those schools. I went to freeman elementary school. Which was just a few blocks from my home named after ralph freeman right. I know him. Did you know ralph freeman. I did know him personally. But you know certainly do the family. I knew who he was absolutely then. They name the school after him. Real freeman was the prosecuting attorney and genesee county. At one point you were privilege to go to some really great schools. They went to princeton between zimmerman and princeton. I went to a private secondary school in new jersey called lawrenceville which is a very great school third-biggest prep school in the country. All male at the time now obviously like almost all these schools co ed and actually i'm class secretary for the class of nineteen fifty eight at the lawrenceville school right now and then i wanted to princeton and.