Sunday, 8 November 2009

BBC Not Biased Surely G20 Tax Levy What?

(The acceptable face of BBC bias)

On the latest BBC tv news I caught last night the pouty Silverton reported that the Great Gordon Brown at the G20 meeting was proposing a financial transaction levy (ie a tax) on banks to help the global economic recovery, blah, blah blah. There followed clips of Brown making (yet another) bid for fame, Geithner being less than positive and Angela Knight of the British Bankers' Association giving the idea a firm slap.

This was odd because at least six hours beforehand I had watched interviews on Sky News with Geither of the US, a minister from Canada and Strauss-Kahn of the IMF. All soundly despatched the idea of a tax to the dustbin where everything New Labour and Gordon Brownish should go. Geither said it was something the US 'was not prepared to support'; the Canadian minister said they didn't want it and Strauss-Kahn repeated the same. Unless something radical happens, that would seem to me to be a firm block against Brown's idea.

The pouty Silverton made no mention of Canada or the IMF. Presumably they're not big enough players?

Or would that just make Brown look like the pathetic Master of Catastrophes that he is?

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