Listening to Labour luvvie, actor Richard Wilson, doing the narration on tonight’s Channel 4 “documentary” Confessions from the Underground immediately set my alarm bells ringing. Many people on Twitter instantly spotted that this was effectively an hour long advert for RMT’s Bob Crow.
It didn’t take much digging around on Google to get to the bottom of it.
Narrator Richard Wilson is a committed Labour activist, see his Wikipedia entry. He is reputed to have narrated their audio manifesto for the last election and got involved in Ken Livingstone’s scaremongering around the Freedom Pass in the run up to the previous mayoral election.
The Executive Producer Peter Dale is an Associate Fellow (whatever that means) at the left-leaning thinktank IPPR. He founded TV production company Rare Day which made the film.
Producer Katherine Haywood also writes for socialist magazine Red Pepper.
Dale’s company is such a congenial environment for Labour people that ex-Labour cabinet minister James Purnell took a job here when he left Parliament in 2010.
The dishonest and polemical nature of this film makes it clear that it is not a conventional documentary. The background of those involved confirms that this is propaganda. No more. No less. Consider this show part of Labour’s London election campaign.