It is the job of the Fourth Estate to act as a check and a restraint on the others, to illumine the dark corners of Ministries, to debunk the bureaucrat, to throw often unwelcome light on the measures and motives of our rulers.

‘News’, as Hearst once remarked, ‘is something which somebody wants suppressed: all the rest is advertising’. That job is an essential one and it is bound to be unpopular; indeed, in a democracy, it may be argued that the more unpopular the newspapers are with the politicians the better they are performing their most vital task.

Brian R. Roberts, “Time & Tide” (1955)

Once upon a time, there was a Fourth Estate, though these days, they are sadly PR machines for government and multi-national corporations.

This means that those of us with blogs, vlogs, or video channels now have to step up to the plate.

We are The Fifth Estate

Within this site you will discover the truth behind the headlines, and the stories they want you to read.