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Daily Mail Group & Telegraph pull our Tax Dodger Ads

January 4th, 2011 by

This morning our “George Osborne The Artful Dodger” tax dodger ad was meant to run in the Metro, Guardian, Indepdendent and the i.

It has become clear that the Daily Mail group of newspapers (which includes the Metro) pulled out of running our ads at the last minute – they were meant to appear in the Metro this morning but there was no sign of them. We’re trying to find out what their excuses are and will update this blog post with the latest developments.

The Telegraph also refused to run the ad.

You can view the ad here: on page 28 of the i, page 18 of the Independent and page 14 of the Guardian.

Update 1: Left Foot Forward have more details here

Update 2: Here’s the ad

George Osborne as the Artful Dodger Ad

Photograph by 38 Degrees

Update 3: If you want to complain about our ads being pulled you can email the editors at the papers that didn’t run the ads here: managingeditor@dailymail.co.uk (Daily Mail); telegraphenquiries@telegraph.co.uk (Daily Telegraph); news.london@ukmetro.co.uk (Metro)

Update 4: We’ve just heard from the Metro why they refused to print our ad. Here’s a copy of the email they sent:
“I gave it the OK before Christmas, but said it would have to be pulled if there was any controversy, and now Conservative HQ are on the attack over the ‘tax dodger’ claims.
“I don’t have a problem with the group advertising with us but obviously we don’t want to run anything that could be viewed as libellous.”
And here’s David’s response:
“It’s a bit implausible that they were genuinely worried about libel – we had been told that the adverts had been looked at and approved by their libel lawyers several days earlier, they’d been looked at and approved by 38 Degrees libel lawyers several days before that, and several other papers felt comfortable running them.”

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Murdoch takeover – emergency petition delivery

January 2nd, 2011 by

David hands in our petition at the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport

Photograph by 38 Degrees

On New Years Eve we handed in the first batch of signatures for our emergency petition demanding Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover is sent to the Competition Commission for a wide-ranging and impartial investigation. We launched this petition after Vince Cable got stripped of responsibility for the deal, and Jeremy Hunt took charge instead.

We teamed up with global campaigning organisation Avaaz, and between us we had over 70,000 signatures on the petition — a great response, especially considering it was Christmas.

There’s already been some media coverage, and we can expect more to follow as officials and politicians get back to work in the coming days.

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Media bosses tell Vince to stop Murdoch

October 13th, 2010 by

There was news yesterday that heads of the BBC, Channel 4, the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail have all signed a letter to Vince Cable telling him to block Rupert Murdoch’s power grab of BSkyB.
38 Degrees members have been leading the way with this campaign. Last week we handed in an open letter with nearly 19,000 member signatures and this week we’ve seen various media groups echoing our message. More and more people are joining in but that’s no reason to let up.
We need Vince to know that when he makes the right choice he has our support. You can email your MP in 2 minutes to get them on board and tell Vince that we don’t want the Murdoch empire to gain in strength.
Over 30,000 of us have signed the petition so far and we’ve been raising funds for adverts when Murdoch submits his merger proposal. The more of us they hear from, the more impact we’ll have. Click here to email your MP:
Rupert Murdoch

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Our campaign to block Rupert Mudoch’s plans to buyout the rest of BSkyB has just received some powerful backing: heads of the BBC, Channel 4, the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail have all signed a letter to Vince Cable, telling him to block Rupert Murdoch’s power grab at BSkyB.

38 Degrees members have been leading the way with this campaign. Last week we handed in an open letter with nearly 19,000 member signatures. More and more people are joining in but we need to keep increasing the pressure.

We need Vince to know that when he makes the right choice he has our support. You can email your MP in 2 minutes to get them on board and tell Vince that we don’t want the Murdoch empire to grow in strength.

Over 30,000 of us have signed the petition so far and we’ve been raising funds for adverts when Murdoch tries to get permission to go ahead with his buyout plans. The more MPs hear from their voters, the more pressure they’ll feel to tell Vince to stop the buyout. Click here to email your MP: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/stop-murdoch-power-grab

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BBC Under Threat – the Minister’s reply

August 19th, 2010 by

Tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members emailed their MPs after the Conservative Minister, Jeremy Hunt, launched an attack on the BBC by announcing plans to cut the licence fee in 2012.

38 Degrees members have been adding their MPs’ replies to this page on our website, and we’ve now got replies from most MPs. Quite a few MPs have also sent their constituents a reply they received from the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, after writing to him about the BBC.

Here’s the letter the Minister, Ed Vaizey has been sending to MPs:



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Stop Murdoch’s Empire Spreading

July 7th, 2010 by

Rupert Murdoch’s plans to take control of BSkyB and buy out the remaining 61% would be a bad move for the British media. It would give the Murdoch empire had an even greater stranglehold on the UK press and could lead to greater levels of rightwing bias, like Fox News in the USA.

It was with a huge sigh of relief that his first bid was rejected by the board of BSkyB, but it won’t be long before he makes a second offer.

But together, we can help stop Murdoch’s plans from going ahead. Sign the petition to Business Secretary Vince Cable, telling him to make sure the deal is properly investigated before it goes ahead: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/murdoch/

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If you’re in London Tuesday Lunchtime, come to the flashmob outside parliament!

May 3rd, 2010 by

UPDATE:  ITN have just made a report on the flash mob – check it out here.

UPDATE 2: Left Foot Forward also made a video, check it out here or below:

Over the weekend, over 30,000 of us joined the 38 Degrees-Avaaz campaign to stop Rupert Murdoch skewing our election. We’ve come together to defend our right to make our own minds up. We’re spreading the word and challenging the spin.

There are just two days of this election campaign left now, and the result’s still looking too close to call. That means we can be sure that the right-wing press will be doing all they can to install their man in Downing St. We need to do all we can to show what they’re up to and stop them gaining momentum.

If by any chance you’re in central London lunchtime today,Tuesday, there’s a “Flashmob” to highlight what the tabloids are up to outside Parliament. It promises “the biggest rolled-up tabloid newspaper sword fight in the world EVER” as a way of saying “yes to hope and no to tabloid fear”.

This could be a great chance to get the rest of the media to report the backlash against Murdoch. It also sounds like it could be fun! Here are the details as posted on the event page on facebook:

FLASHMOB – The Hung Parliament party – Yes to Hope and No To Tabloid Fear!

HOPE vs FEAR? We know which side we’re on. We’ve had enough of The Sun, The Mail and other rags scaremongering and doing their worst to steal our hopes for change.

Let’s come together to be heard — let’s all FLASH-MOB in Westminster near Parliament TOMORROW (Tuesday) lunchtime! (precise venue will be sent out in next 10 hours)

RSVP NOW to the right of this page… go on! RSVP! you know you want to — and invite your friends! (the latest forecast is sunny)

Come prepared to do battle, with a ROLLED-UP COPY of your (least) favourite TABLOID RAG — and don’t forget a nice bit of lunch!

Arrive nonchalantly just beforehand – and at 1pm exactly, let’s scream our hopes out loud and start the biggest ROLLED-UP PAPER SWORD-FIGHT ever!

After we’ve vented our democratic passions at the tabloids, let’s put what’s left of them in a pile in the middle of the space, and all SIT DOWN for a quick HUNG PARLIAMENT PARTY if we like — a picnic lunch and a chat about the change we want to see!

After all, our politicians will have to do the same if no-one wins an overall majority in Thursday’s election – and that might be no bad thing…

My scream is going to be “FOR HOPE AND DEMOCRACY!” What’s yours?

looks like Avaaz, 38 Degrees and Liberal Conspiracy networks are piling in!




(Remember: this is not a demonstration or organised protest — it’s a spontaneous, friendly and self-organising flashmob, and it will start and finish within a few minutes. There shouldn’t be any trouble with the authorities, and of course, let’s all conduct ourselves in a respectful, peaceful and law-abiding way! — and make sure our rolled-up tabloid papers do damage to each other, NOT to us. If the police approach you and ask you to stop, it’s a good idea to do as they say. We’re all responsible for our own actions and safety.) Anyone who wants can join in a litter-pick afterwards — we’ll recycle the battered tabloid rags so they go to a good cause!

RSVP now! And invite your friends to join you!

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Hung Parliament Ate My Hamster

April 30th, 2010 by

Right-wing media scaremongering about a hung parliament is dominating the airwaves. But we know that millions of us want to cast our votes with hope – of a better politics and more balanced parliament. A massive outcry by tens of thousands of us will help shift the debate. You can join the campaign here.

But before you do here is some bank holiday fun. Don’t let Murdoch be the only one writing the headlines this election. Use our new (and experimental) “Tabloid-hung-parliament-scare-story-headline-generator” to create your own hung parliament scary story.

Post the link to your own headline below when you’re done and we’ll update this post with our favourites.

Here’s one to get you started:

See the image and create yours at http://labs.38degrees.org.uk/headline/

So don’t delay – create your headline today: http://labs.38degrees.org.uk/headline/

Note: This tool was cobbled together in a few hours today by the fantastic team at Rechord. If you have any problems or suggestions to improve it do let us know in the comments below.

Here are some more we’ve just received:

Holy crap! See the image here and: http://bit.ly/9IuCFR

Holy crap! See the image here and: http://bit.ly/9IuCFR

and another:

Hung Parliaments Cause Volcanic Eruptions http://bit.ly/adQdYJ

Hung Parliaments Cause Volcanic Eruptions http://bit.ly/adQdYJ

and another:

Hung Parliaments Cause Volcanic Eruptions http://bit.ly/adQdYJ

Hung Parliament threat to social mobility

and another:

Hung Parliaments gay immigration cancer

Hung Parliament gay immigration cancer

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A great campaign win

February 19th, 2010 by

Just sent this email out to all the people who got involved in the campaign to stop Rod Liddle becoming editor of the Independent. A great example of people power working, really pleased about it.

Dear David,

We usually try to avoid sending two emails in the same day, but I wanted to let you know straight away that we seem to have won the campaign to stop Rod Liddle becoming editor of the Independent. The Guardian web site reports that thanks to the outcry, Lebedev has “had a change of heart about appointing the Sunday Times columnist to the paper.”

This is a great example of people power working. Thousands of us worked together through facebook, twitter, and the 38 Degrees web site to spread the word about Liddle. We sent almost 3,000 emails to Lebedev and to the Independent’s Managing Director Simon Kelner. Together we’ve stood up for keeping the Independent as a progressive, campaigning newspaper.

If you aren’t already following 38 Degrees on Facebook and Twitter you can find us on the links below – so often that’s where campaigns like this get kicked off.

Thanks for helping win this campaign,


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Philippe Sands QC: what I’d ask Blair

January 15th, 2010 by

Over the past week 38 Degrees members have been thinking of tough questions to ask Tony Blair at the Iraq Inquiry. On Wednesday Hannah and I went to a high profile event at the Foreign Press Association, which was  inspired by our campaign.

Discussing how the Inquiry should be carried out were Jon Snow, the veteran Channel 4 journalist, and Professor Philippe Sands, a QC who has written a book on the legality of the Iraq war.

Jon Snow then asked Professor Sands how he would handle the interrogation of Tony Blair and other ministers if he was a member of the panel. Professor Sands responded at length, but his main ideas were:

Firstly, he would insist on the use of documentary evidence, some of which is currently unavailable to the public, to help expose the flaws in witnesses’ statements.

Secondly, he would find out Blair’s motivation in going to war by questioning him closely about the inconsistencies in his thinking in the year before the decision was taken.

Thirdly, he would ask about the content of the available intelligence in the run up to the war, why the government had waited so long to ask for legal advice, and about Lord Goldsmith’s role.

Finally, he would ask why “no thought [was] given on a systematic basis” to the question of post-war planning and the possible effect of the war on the Middle East. Had Blair even read the advice on regional instabilities given to him by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office?

The discussion finished with a bit of psychological speculation about why Tony Blair did go to war. Professor Sands was happy to give his opinion on the matter: Tony “needed to be loved by the biggest boy in the playground”: George Bush.

You can listen to recording of the whole conversation at the Foreign Press Association website.

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Long live the BBC

August 6th, 2009 by

Have you noticed that the BBC seems to be under an almost constant attack from all sides?

The steady and sustained chipping away of this great national institution continues apace. A recent report by Frank Field MP and David Rees called ‘Auntie’s Dying: Long Live Public Service Broadcasting’ made a series of criticisms, hot on the heels of the Government’s Digital Britain report, which has suggested ‘top-slicing’ the license fee to provide ‘news in the Nations, locally and in the regions’ in addition to the BBC.

But why the vilification? Is it justified?

Other media outlets are undeniably feeling the strain of the financial crisis and with the advent of digital all broadcasters, including the BBC have to adapt to a much-changed broadcasting arena.

The barrage of attacks on the BBC, from accusations of partiality to expenses to presenters’ fees to the naming of Blue Peter’s cat often tell us more about the accusers’ agenda than the quality of the BBC.

Any organisation being funded by public funds like the BBC needs to be carefully scrutinized, but the BBC is an internationally recognized public service broadcaster, with the largest broadcast news-gathering operation worldwide, and the quality and innovation that the BBC continues to produce is often forgotten.

Many of the BBC’s main accusers are also their main competition or have their own political agendas to push.

But we think there are many reasons to celebrate the BBC and thinks its time to show our support – below are our starters for 10 on why we think the BBC is great …

1. Value for money – Radio, TV, Web, all for just £142.50 a year all in compared to the satellite packages that can cost more than twice as much.

2. The World Service has over 150m listeners every week. There are correspondents nearly every country worldwide, with 44 news-gathering bureaus globally. Terry Waite credited the world Service with keeping him in touch with the world outside when he was held hostage for 5 years: ‘I listened to the BBC World Service constantly and I was enormously grateful, particularly for the fact that at the time they were broadcasting virtually 24 hours-a-day to the Middle East.’

3. Bagpuss, Grange Hill, Byker Grove – the best children’s TV is all from the BBC.

4. Dr Who: no other channel in the country offers family viewing that can match it and it’s the longest running science-fiction show in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

5. BBC News: impartial, comprehensive and restrained. In a typical week the BBC News has 10 to 15 million people viewing each of their major bulletins.

6. Local radio: with over 40 local radio stations, wherever you are in the UK there’s a station for you.

7. Blackadder, The Office, Alan Partridge, Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, The Day Today and the list goes on and on. British comedy on the BBC that makes people laugh the world over.

8. One of the world’s most visited website in the world – providing news, blogs, video, radio. Where you can access news that is updated every minute of the day.

9. The only TV without commercial advertising, so it only serves the interests of its viewers, not advertisers.

10. The iPlayer – a nifty device that showed everyone else how TV On Demand should be done, another example of the BBC’s technical innovations.

Let us know what you think – what else should have been in our Top 10?

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