The battle for Sky is well and truly on. It is very much to be hoped that the successful bidder will undertake to provide a platform for views that are very widely held here in the United Kingdom, but which have hitherto been ignored across the media.
The workers, and not the liberal bourgeoisie, as the key swing voters. Identity issues located within the struggle for economic equality and for international peace. The leading role in the defence of universal public services of the working class that would otherwise lack basic amenities, and in the promotion of peace of the working class and the youth who would be the first to be called upon to die in wars. The decision of the EU referendum by areas that voted Labour, Liberal Democrat or Plaid Cymru.
Opposition from the start to the failed programme of economic austerity. Against all Governments since 1997, opposition to the privatisation of the NHS and other public services, to the persecution of the disabled, to the assault on civil liberties, to every British military intervention during that period, to Britain’s immoral and one-sided relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to the demonisation of Russia.
Rejection of any approach to climate change which would threaten jobs, workers’ rights, the right to have children, travel opportunities, or universal access to a full diet. Rescue of issues such as male suicide, men’s health, and fathers’ rights, from those whose economic and other policies have caused the problems. And refusal to recognise racists, Fascists or opportunists as the authentic voices of the accepted need to control immigration.
In this age of Brexit and of Jeremy Corbyn, the inclusion of such voices only makes commercial sense. The question will be that of locating them, of locating us. We are never going to be found through the media that already exist, so we are going to have to be very proactive indeed. This is our time.