Justified & Ancient
- Dec 9, 2009
- Lincolnshire UK
No. Not the "British government", or even the UK government.I also find it `creepy` (to use a word that many are using in a different context) that the British government are writing to Rumble to implore them not to let Brand use Rumble as his platform.
It was the Chair of the House of Commons Media Committee who wrote. That is not the Government. This is a very important distinction.
Here's the relevant part of the letter, as published on the BB website:
"While we recognise that Rumble is not the creator of the content published by Mr Brand, we are concerned (1) that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform.
"We would be grateful if you could confirm whether (2) Mr Brand is able to monetise his content, including his videos relating to the serious accusations against him. If so, we would like to know whether Rumble intends to join YouTube in suspending Mr Brand's ability to earn money on the platform.
"We would also like to know what Rumble is doing (3) to ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine the welfare of victims of inappropriate and potentially illegal behaviour."
(1) Expression of concern. Not imploring, begging, asking or demanding.
(2) Request for clarification, not imploring, begging, asking, or demanding for something to happen.
"I see Dave bought a new shirt. Are you thinking of getting one the same?" This is not imploring you to buy a shirt like Dave's.
(3) An absolutely valid question for the Media Committee to ask a media company.
That said, it does seem to be a bit of band wagon jumping or arse covering. "We'd better be seen to be doing something about this story that is all over the headlines." Mr Brand has not been convicted of anything and I feel the Committee has been a bit premature.
However, regardless of the rights and wrongs, this is not Government intervention.
A Commons Committee is not the Government. There are 4 Labour MPs and 1 Scottish Nationalist MP on the committee in question, as well as 6 Conservatives. It is a cross party committee, not an arm of government.
There are 19 Departmental Select Committees, 7 of which have chairs from opposition parties. These committees are not part of the Government. An important part of their role is to oversee government departments to make sure they are doing their jobs. Thus, these committees may often be in disagreement or conflict with the government of the day.