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Is That True Or Did You Hear It On The BBC?

August 19, 2022

By Paul Homewood


I have just bought this book, which includes some good stuff on the BBC’s climate lies and misinformation.

I have only read the first couple of chapters, but I would thoroughly recommend it:


This is the Amazon summary:


However, as David Sedgwick reveals in his new book the reality is somewhat different: not only does the BBC diligently protect power from scrutiny, it attacks and attempts to discredit those who dare to challenge the status quo.
Formed in 1922 by the British establishment, the BBC has always been a reliable ally of ultra-wealthy and powerful interests. Indeed, the broadcaster occupies a pivotal position within an international corporate-political alliance which promotes only those narratives which consolidate the ‘global order.’
Using multiple examples of BBC reporting, the author argues that the tax-payer funded broadcaster is a proxy which acts on behalf of a tiny, but very powerful clique – a role which compels it to pump out disinformation on an industrial scale, misleading all those who consume its content.

The book includes sections on:


  • Climate Change
  • Brexit
  • Trump
  • NHS

Sedgwick’s premise is an interesting one that the BBC has always protected the establishment . One implication from this is that this same establishment has morphed over the years, from a reactionary one of the past to the left wing, big government, global world order one of today.

  1. August 19, 2022 11:52 am

    Many thanks for the recommendation

  2. woodburner0 permalink
    August 19, 2022 11:55 am

    I shall look for this book, but I’m far from being an Amazon fan…(always top of the list of retailers – is it because scum floats?)

    • August 19, 2022 12:07 pm

      As in, “cream rises, but scum floats”????

      • woodburner0 permalink
        August 19, 2022 12:10 pm

        You have trumped (note the lower case) me! Well done!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 19, 2022 12:48 pm

      It’s because it offers cheaper prices and much bigger and better choices than anybody else. But if you don’t like that sort of thing…

      • Dazed and conservative permalink
        August 19, 2022 1:53 pm

        Alternatively , you could try walking ( easy once you get the hang of it ) to your local bookshop ( funny little place with a window full of books ) and talking to an actual other human person ( may need a large cup of decaff fairtrade spirulina latte before undertaking this challenge ) and then , deep breath , you can do it , walking home and w a i t i n g ( look it up ) for a couple of days before walking back to the shop to collect the book .
        On the other hand , if you don’t think jerk bozo already has enough money and power , click away .

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        August 19, 2022 3:01 pm

        Our local bookshop is a Waterstones another chain who’ve forced the closure of small specialist bookshops.
        In another facet of my life I collect and make 1/1200 or 1/1250 scale ships. There’s been a discussion on the demise of bookshops catering for the hobby over the last week.

    • August 19, 2022 2:30 pm

      I only buy books from my local bookseller, which does cost more money but Amazon has wrought devastation on our retail businesses, not to mention a huge increase in delivery vans.

    • Carnot permalink
      August 19, 2022 2:36 pm

      Amazon- yuk. Could not agree more.Banned in this household.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 19, 2022 4:41 pm

      I have ordered hard to source items from Amazon at 10PM on Saturday evening and had them delivered by lunch time on Sunday.

      I and my wife live in a remote country location and it would cost us several pounds in fuel and parking costs to travel to the nearest reasonably sized town where we might or might not find the things we require.

      For example, I can buy certain necessary over-the-counter medication and various other necessities at wholesale prices on Amazon which I can’t see I’d ever to do on the high street.

      Further, I am partially disabled and have massive trouble negotiating towns, Amazon is a Godsend to the likes of us!

      And by the way, many of the suppliers on Amazon are small or medium sized traders who use Amazon as a distribution network and save quite a lot in advertising and distribution costs.

      • JBW permalink
        August 19, 2022 4:57 pm

        And during lockdown when my better half was serious ill after a nasty accident Amazon was a lifeline with medical requirements etc etc.

        Then on a recent holiday we found we were missing some vital bits of kit. Tried the local shop only to find it shut for the weekend. Amazon deliver the next day to our rented flat. Great service.

      • August 19, 2022 5:51 pm

        Hear hear 👍

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 20, 2022 3:32 pm

        Jeff Bezos Amazon grossly underpays and exploits the companys workers [ painkiller medication is dispensed on the Amazon warehouse walls to salve the aches and injuries of the
        long suffering workers ] has eliminated micro-rest breaks and bans the bestselling books of Naomi Klein and Tommy Robinson ….Amazon is a modern Dickensian sweatshop corporation ….

        But never mind – Catweazle ,the champion of the working class , and his wife are well serviced by this ‘Godsend ” and devonblueboy cheers them on …. Thats what matters
        hear hear !!

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 20, 2022 3:41 pm

        “But never mind – Catweazle ,the champion of the working class…”

        Says a troll that I doubt has ever done an honest day’s work in its life, with a humongous chip on its shoulder that, if made into suitable pellets, would run Drax for a month……

        Grow up, you silly little child!

        And get a life!

      • August 20, 2022 4:19 pm

        Other retailers are available if you find Amazon to be so disgusting. And you can always keep yourself warm at night by jumping up and down, stamping your feet and waving our arms about at the iniquity of life. Nobody is forced to use Amazon but if they do provide what people want to buy, at a price they want to pay then you can’t be surprised that they are successful. They were first into the market and gathered first mover advantages, which they have maintained by constantly updating their product and service offerings.
        You might be aware of John Ruskin, a Victorian polymath?
        “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper. People who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.”

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 20, 2022 3:42 pm

        “Jeff Bezos Can Thank Exploited Workers For His $100 Billion ” ., Paris Marx Medium,com ….

        Catweazle his wife , devonblueboy and JBW can thank them too ….

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 20, 2022 3:45 pm

        That stung him……..I can tell ….I worked as a stonemason …You sir remind me of a leftie toff like Jeremy Corbyn and Susan Michie

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 20, 2022 5:35 pm

        No empathy for the downtrodden underpaid Amazon workers and indifference to book banners is all I need to know from the fancifully titled ‘devonblueboy” and Catweazle ……

        The John Ruskin quote assumes quite a significance ….Did you reflect on it ?

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 20, 2022 5:39 pm

        Hear hear ……cheerio !!

      • lefallois permalink
        August 21, 2022 7:45 pm

        Well said!

    • August 20, 2022 11:03 am

      I deleted my Amazin account within 24 hours of completing Shoshona Zuboff’s terrifying book “Surveillance Capitalism”.

      Available at other suppliers to Amazon…

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 20, 2022 2:47 pm

        Presumably you cut up your credit and debit cards and paid all bills in cash thereafter?
        And I hope you keep your mobile phone turned off at all times?
        Oh, and use a proxy server for all your Internet use?

  3. Derek Wood permalink
    August 19, 2022 11:56 am

    Sounds great, copy ordered! The BBC should be dismantled!

  4. eastdevonoldie permalink
    August 19, 2022 12:14 pm

    Another book on the great Climate Fraud is “Global Warming: The Great Deception-The Triumph of Dollars and politics Over Science and Why You Should Care.” (published on on January 4, 2022.)

    • W Flood permalink
      August 19, 2022 3:15 pm

      Has anybody read Hothouse Earth? Comments?

  5. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 19, 2022 12:16 pm

    The current Trump coverage is incredible for its lack of balance, glaring double standards, and reversal of reality. They don’t even hide the fact that they want one of the wack a mole (as they called it last night) multiple litigation to get Trump jailed. They see it as their duty to prevent him becoming president again, and they don’t believe anyone has the right to think any different.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 20, 2022 11:38 am

      There is a book in there to be written on ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’. Even the likes of Andrew Neil are suffering from it – totally blind to the evidence of election fraud in 2020.

      • August 20, 2022 12:09 pm

        Evidence? I’ve heard a lot of claims, but none of them seem to have stood up in court when tested.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 20, 2022 2:50 pm

        “I’ve heard a lot of claims, but none of them seem to have stood up in court when tested.”

        It is well said that US Justice is the best that money can buy!

      • devonblueboy permalink
        August 20, 2022 3:17 pm

        🤣🤣 That could explain why Fauci is not on death row

  6. Ann permalink
    August 19, 2022 12:31 pm

    Looks good. I found this the other day (in a charity shop!). ‘Corona False Alarm?’ Dr Karin Reiss & Dr Suchrit Bhakdi. Written in German originally – and early in the pandemic – this short book, written by well-qualified doctors summarizes what was going on very neatly. (Some of it refers to the situation in Germany). It’s worth a read as it makes good sense.

  7. August 19, 2022 12:47 pm

    You can currently read it for free on Kindle Unlimited

  8. Mike Jackson permalink
    August 19, 2022 1:21 pm

    I can also recommend his ‘BBC — Brainwashing Britain’.

  9. Gamecock permalink
    August 19, 2022 1:41 pm

    ‘One implication from this is that this same establishment has morphed over the years’

    But one should wonder, who was following whom? From my American experience, I say the press changed the establishment.

    And likely, the BBC wasn’t following the establishment; it was directing it. The mess of a government you have is thanks to BBC.

  10. In The Real World permalink
    August 19, 2022 1:41 pm

    Not really new that the BBC has always told lies .
    In his book ” 1984 ” , written in 1948 , George Orwell used his experience of working for the Beeb as a model for the “Ministry Of Truth ” .
    So even then , it was very biased .
    But has become a lot more blatant about it lately

    • dave permalink
      August 19, 2022 5:56 pm

      Michael Warton, who wrote the Peter Simple column of the Daily Telegraph for many years, worked in the BBC in the early 1950s. He said that the BBC had simply been stuffed with crypto*-communists and fellow-travellers during the wartime alliance with Russia. The Establishment allowed them in, and never realized that, beneath its respectable surface, stuffy old Auntie was being weaponized. They did not realize the danger until it was too late, and now we are stuck with the BBC and its enduring ‘House Values’ – its permanent bias towards ‘missions’ which are just the enabling of morally violent upheaval and continuous ‘struggle.’

      *If they thought you were ‘one of them’ they were not even particularly crypto!

  11. Nial. permalink
    August 19, 2022 3:15 pm

    “not only does the BBC diligently protect power from scrutiny”

    Hmmm, the BBC were at the forefront of the effort to oust Boris Johnson, and most of them absolutely hate Trump. John Sopel was almost comical talking about him.

    • August 19, 2022 4:33 pm

      It used to protect all power from scrutiny, but recently it only protects the power it agrees with from scrutiny.
      O’Sullvan’s Law – “Any organisation or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time.”

  12. catweazle666 permalink
    August 19, 2022 4:42 pm


  13. Stephen Lord permalink
    August 19, 2022 4:42 pm

    It’s the same fascist leaning aristocrats it has always been. They liked being in charge of the British empire and are still globalist.

    • In The Real World permalink
      August 19, 2022 5:46 pm

      There is no doubt that the Beeb has always been very socialist , but I would have said they were more Stalinist than fascist , but perhaps with a bit of Marxism as well.

      • Dave Gardner permalink
        August 20, 2022 12:44 pm

        I wouldn’t say the BBC has always been pro-socialist. In my experience the BBC has always been liberal-left and has always tried to promote the so-called ‘centre ground’ (the BBC probably even created this idea of there being a political ‘centre-ground’, which the main UK political parties have crowded into in the last thirty years). The BBC actually used to hate ‘Old Labour’ back in the 1970s. To give some evidence for that, consider a programme they broadcast in 1971 called “Yesterday’s Men”:

        “Yesterday’s Men is a British documentary shown in the 24 Hours series (BBC 1) on 17 June 1971. The programme is remembered for provoking a major clash between the Labour Party and the BBC. According to Anthony Smith, the editor of 24 Hours at the time, the film led to “the biggest and most furious row that a television programme in the English language has ever provoked.””

        The BBC has subsequently become very pro-Labour since Tony Blair dropped all the working class-oriented socialist stuff and repackaged Labour as the liberal-left ‘New Labour’ in the mid-1990s.

      • devonblueboy permalink
        August 20, 2022 1:35 pm

        Yet another generous gift to the country from Tony Bliar.

      • woodburner0 permalink
        August 20, 2022 1:01 pm

        In reply to Dave Gardner, I remember Anthony Smith. His Army service was an excellent grounding in how to deal with bureaucracy, I believe he pointed out in a radio interview. I welcome corrections…

  14. John Hultquist permalink
    August 19, 2022 5:59 pm

    Back in the early 1980s I managed a small independent bookstore in a small college town in Idaho. We had resources and suppliers and could find and order just about anything. And did. That took time and expenses that likely made these deficit sales.
    Now, Amazon and other platforms with many sellers allow me to sit at home and search and buy books and other things I would not know existed without the search abilities of the web.
    I assume the seller is making a profit as is the platform (i.e., Amazon).
    As for Jeff Bezos and ex, MacKenzie, their money was “created” by their early efforts and then going public in the stock market. The company has made many others rich, provides many jobs, and pays millions in taxes.
    Meanwhile, I and many others don’t have to drive from store to store to find things, find a place to park, and use gasoline. I believe this is called “win-win” but if you are a small seller of whatever and don’t participate – you lose.
    Use a different platform if it makes you feel better.

    • devonblueboy permalink
      August 19, 2022 6:07 pm

      👍 👍

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 19, 2022 6:09 pm


    • August 20, 2022 11:06 am

      Little does this feller know how they abuse the personal data they are collecting from you all the time…why. some people even put Amazon listening devices in their houses.

    • M E permalink
      August 21, 2022 11:43 am

      I use a site called Fishpond as it gets books I could not get in this town. some are second hand some from Australia ,or Britain or even America. Some books which are out of print turn up.
      Bookshops were in old buildings which collapsed in the years of ‘ earth tremors’ and now even the stationery shops with a book section are few and far between.
      Amazon is frightening and still wants too much information. It seems to have been so ever since I started on the internet ,1998, I think. Facebook also tried to capture me, and Yahoo. Wild days– and as for mobile phones becoming smart phones that is something I don’t like to remember.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 28, 2022 7:56 am

        Your many comments suggest you have a problem coping with the real world ……..get professional help “…….

        .So it is not the content or the quality of my arguments that annoy the enigmatic ” John Hultquist ” but the multitude of them and he feels compelled to provocatively pathologize my commentary as if it was a mental condition …

        In the old Soviet Union this malicious politically motivated diagnosis was termed ” publicist activities ” Of course there would be “querulous paranoia “, :internet use disorder ” or abnormal fixation disorder if a dissenter defied this bogus malady .There is a whole range of garbage to diagnose the troublesome critic

        The sinister ” Minjung millenarian ” shrink Bandy Xenobia Lee has revived “publicist activities ” to malign the Tweeting of Donald Trump completely oblivious to the fact she is an avid obsessive Tweeter herself That hideous sick inquisitor reminds of Dr Allen Frances who attacked Donald Trumps character only to doubletalk that it was imperative to attack his policies not his person ” and brazenly advocated a false diagnosis to impeach him … Is that the sort of “professional help ” you had in mind ?. Any registered “professional ” with the RANZCP [ apart from the two I alluded to above ] now captivated by pseudoscientific climate evangelism ” ? The majority of psychiatrists and psychologists are as corrupt and pathetically deranged and prejudiced as Bandy Lee and Frances Name just a dozen of them that have publicly ridiculed the dementia and unfitness for presidential office of Joe Biden or the sociopathy of Hilary Clinton Bandy Lee solicited that well known mental health professional Hilary Clintons aide Gail Sheehy to write a chapter in her quack compendium ” A Duty to Warn Another was the Holocaust denier apologist Noam Chomsky but thats another story … Not one “mental health professional ” in my home country has ever publicly reproached Allen Frances and scarcely a few have with regard to Bandy Lee which suggests their despicable prejudices hold currency among the majority of them..Spoiled for “professional ” choice arent we ?

        As for for my relatives one told me that cold waves are caused by global warming because she “saw it on the television ” [ No further debate was allowed ] as if legacy media is reliable and reputable Another insisted to me he had seen global warming sea level rise with “his own eyes ” in a foreign locale .When I confronted him with the scientific literature showing that land subsidence and tectonic subduction were responsible his deflective response was that “he lived on the other side of the gulf ” .

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 28, 2022 7:59 am

        And for asking a question about the title of an Idaho bookshop noting I was a book collector and trader myself ….

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      August 24, 2022 3:44 pm

      What was the name of the Idaho bookshop you managed in the 1980’s so we can verify if you are telling the truth “John Hultquist ” ? You know who the real ” John Hultquist ” is dont you ?

      • August 24, 2022 5:24 pm

        Are you our in-house ‘Fact Checker’? Or just being nosey

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 24, 2022 5:34 pm

        It’s a troll.
        Best not to feed it.

      • August 24, 2022 6:08 pm

        Agreed! But sometimes I just like to see what pathetic response I can get from such a saddo!

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 26, 2022 12:53 pm

        The petty nasty trolls here [ devonblueboy admitted he is trolling ] are the ones sniping at someone asking reasonable questions and stating facts that embarrass them ……What was the name of this mysterious Idaho bookshop ” John Hultquist ” ?

      • devonblueboy permalink
        August 26, 2022 1:43 pm

        Are trolls like foxes? Able to smell their own holes first. Just because someone disagrees with you or challenges you does not, in the real world, mean they are a troll.

      • August 26, 2022 4:46 pm

        It’s actually a ‘Clown Dancing’ troll, a particularly nasty variety.
        It will run you round and round in its silly little clown dance until you get bored and ignore it whereupon it will caper round and round announcing it’s won.

      • John Hultquist permalink
        August 26, 2022 4:49 pm

        Stuart Hamish,
        Your many comments suggest you have a problem coping with the modern world.
        You should have a couple of relatives/friends read this series of comments and help you with your anguish. If that doesn’t work, get professional help.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 27, 2022 5:34 pm

        Well thank you very much “John Hultquist “…What was the name of the 1980’s Idaho bookshop if it existed in the “real world “?

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 27, 2022 5:41 pm

        As for “professional help ” I once lived in a share house with a man whose forensic psychiatrist father sexually molested multiple patients and was only struck off for around about a year and then permitted to practice again ……I knew another man who dealt drugs out of a shop …..His mother was a psychiatrist too and most certainly knew what his ‘business
        was …..I could – and will – say a lot more about them and that disgraceful profession ….In fact I did on this blog responding to the psychologist Steve Salmony

  15. cookers52 permalink
    August 20, 2022 6:40 am

    The Dam failure at Whaley Bridge (Toddbrook Reservoir) was a BBC classic.
    BBC and the Establishment blamed it on climate change, when the inquiry reported that it was actually a failure of regulation and oversight not a single word was said.
    In consequence of the inquiry findings all dams in the UK that would cause danger to life (there are a lot of them) have been surveyed and massive civil engineering rectifications are under way.
    As an example Canal and River Trust are now budgeting to spend as much on dam improvements as the whole of the rest of their maintenance budget.

  16. 2hmp permalink
    August 20, 2022 12:35 pm

    People tend to forget. Amazon succeeds because it supplies what people want. Not necessarily all people.

  17. hy jones permalink
    August 20, 2022 1:40 pm

    The book is also available direct from author’s ebay page and can be ordered from bookshops.

  18. Derek T permalink
    August 20, 2022 2:36 pm

    What about ITV? They seem to be much the same as the BBC on issues like climate change. There is no doubt that the whole of the “establishment” has decided to push the same agenda here.

  19. Micky R permalink
    August 20, 2022 6:42 pm

    ” Sedgwick’s premise is an interesting one that the BBC has always protected the establishment .”

    The BBC has historically launched venomous attacks on the establishment e.g. “Law and Order” 1978; which was subseqently banned for 40 years, questions asked in parliament and proposals made to charge the writer – GF Newman – with sedition. Four episodes and relentlessly grim, well worth a watch.

    The Establishment remains powerful in the UK, although it can be fragmented at times e.g. Brexit.

  20. lefallois permalink
    August 21, 2022 7:49 pm

    Ordered early for Christmas.

  21. August 23, 2022 12:00 am

    It’s not just the BBC or even jut MSM, there are whole sets of people in a cultlike state
    who feed us NARRATIVE which is at odds with reality

    politicians, education people PR advertising, biz who are after grants etc.

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