Confined Debate Damages Prospects for Eco OptionsPosted: January 14, 2015
Corralling debate into narrower and narrower channels is an apparently paradoxical consequence of the numerical explosion of media outlets. The real issue, of course, is a concentration of media ownership.
This confining of expression affects the proposed pre-election party leader debates in the UK, and will limit views which challenge the ‘common sense’ of free market economics: see this post which I have put on West Wales News Review.
David Cameron’s reasons for wanting the Green Party to be included in the debates before the General Election on May 7th may include a wish to limit time for head-on clashes between his Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s UKIP, but any debates featuring only the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and those media favourites, UKIP, would be light on crucial matters of climate change, finite resources, pollution and corporate power.