The Website of the BBC Young Pioneers

The Song of the Pioneers

The people’s flag is brightest red - it helps us earn our daily bread
Though skinflints mock and Tories jeer - the licence fee’s not really dear
The licence fee! The licence fee!
It pays the bills for you and me!
From single mums in Bethnal Green - for expense accounts and limousines

If they don’t pay the licence fee - it’s jail and chuck away the key
For posh school fees and winter sports - we need to add a few more naughts
Our pensions are inflation free - all paid for by the licence fee
The licence fee! The licence fee!
Don’t take away our licence fee!
A hundred and thirty odd quid a year - will keep the red flag flying here!

Monday, 28 January 2008

Today we're giving awards to three BBC Socialist Heroes who are now Labour MPs

Chris Bryant is Labour MP for Rhondda.

He first joined the Labour Party in 1966 and became a Party Agent in 1991.

From 1993 to 1998 he served as a Labour councillor in Hackney.

In 1997 he stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate for Wycombe and then joined the BBC in 1998 as Head of European Affairs.

In 2000 he was selected for the Rhondda seat and finally became an MP.

.In 2003 he apologised for e-mailing a picture of himself in his underpants to prospective partners via a gay website.

Celia Barlow is Labour MP for Hove and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Climate Change.

Celia joined the Labour Party and her first trade union when she was 16.

Between 1983 and 1995 she was a Westminster reporter and finally Home News Editor at the BBC.

While she was at the BBC she was Secretary of Chelsea Constituency Labour Party, later she became Chair.

Her husband Sam Jaffa was BBC North America Correspondent.

He stood as Labour candidate for Eastleigh in 2001.

Phil Woolas is Labour MP for Oldham and Saddleworth and Minister for the Environment.

He first joined the Labour Party at the age of 16 and was active in student politics, becoming President of the National Union of Students.

From 1988 - 1990 he was a producer on the BBC Newsnight Programme.

He was then a trade union official before standing for Parliament in 1997.

From time to time it has been suggested that, in order to meet its legal charter commitment to political impartiality, the BBC should ask staff in sensitive positions to declare any party allegiance.

This has routinely been rebuffed with the claim that people should be entitled to keep their political beliefs private.

Time and time again, however it emerges that the BBC have recruited people for key political roles who have been open, declared, political party activists before, after and even during their BBC service - and always for the same party.

Political Impartiality at the BBC is a Bad Joke.

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