Well great. I Google News on Global Index of Human Rights, and there are two reports, one in the Weston Mercury, fair play to them, and one in politics.co.uk, but that link does not load, and I cannot find it navigating from their home page.
Which bears out the position I have long held, that news media generally are constitutionally and intrinsically unable to communicate clear new political ideas. De facto, news media exist to gossip about political personalities, and where they do touch on ideas, their role is to confuse the listening/watching/reading public with adversarial, black/white interrogation methods derived from our adversarial justice and political systems. Reasoned discussion that sets out the facts and arguments is out of the question for them.
Which makes me wonder again why the Green Party spends vast (relative to our budget) amounts of money on the Press Office, and to raise again the question of whether the money would not be better spent on a really good web and net presence. I mean really good; make the Party site the portal that people come to first to find out what is going on in politics.
Media: the clue is in the name: they are the intermediaries, the middle men. They always have to put their spin ("angle") on the item they are reporting on. In the age of the web, journalists are an anachronism, as were monks gifted in the art of illuminating manuscripts
once the Caxton printing press came out.
I am probably going to get spanked by the party hierarchy for writing this. Criticising the media is a no-no for politicians who live and die by the media. NGOs are the same: there was an article last year showing Foe, Greenpeace saying how fair the media are. Through gritted teeth.
It reminds me of Tudor times, when people about to be beheaded on the orders of Henry VIII made syncophantic speeches about what a wonderful king he was.
Maybe they thought he would be so moved by their loyalty in the face of death, and order a last minute stay of execution. Fat chance. Fat king.
The Green Party is long dead as far as mainstream journalists are concerned, so they cannot make us any deader. But we can live long and prosper on the web, if we devote resources to it.