April 2010

Thin blue line or thick red one?

Who will vote on this, who gets to decide?

Thin blue lineThin blue line
Back HERE we praised George Monbiot for his article on policing, which highlighted the misuse of the anti-terrorism acts. Political policing is a fact in the UK not some airy-fairy point in a debate. Another fact is that the Guardian may parade itself as a liberal newspaper but it is from first to last a political paper. So along comes an opportunity for the paper to run an article rubbishing Cameron's plans for elected senior police officers, who would be accountable to the public, and they wade in with gusto the article may be signed by Mark Townsend, home affairs editor, but equally could have been written by a spinner from ACPO; it's kiss-and-make-up time! For this is no calm analysis, then put-down, we are told -

Senior police officers have launched a ferocious attack on David Cameron's law and order plans, warning that they will corrupt the traditions of British policing and undermine public confidence in the justice system.

And that's just the start, all the way through it's the same hysterical tone, there's nothing rational or forensic about it. It fails to convey an argument so fails to convince. So over the top and macho it's no better than a written version of 'kettling'.

Debate, debate , debate

Dull, dull, dull

Alien life forms spotted in northern UK city Alien life forms spotted in northern UK city
First the debate then the debate about the debate. The MSM are convinced that the recent fake debate on TV is the greatest thing to have ever happened in UK politics, hence the constant reference to the 'great' debate. It was nothing of the sort. The very fact it happened, in Manchester, represents, for the MSM bubble, a points' win over the Westminster bubble. They're not quite the same people and this time the southern centric lobby lost.

But then when you look at the detail we are all losers. The audience in Manchester was specially selected and not allowed to clap, cheer or respond in anyway. What a cheek! The quality of debates in the House of Commons is appalling but at least those MPs who bother to attend can vent their frustrations. Not only does the political establishment treat us with contempt but the MSM has now joined the game.

It was a show from the start, up north, Manchester, gritty realism starts here etc, if only! Remember the 1960's TV sci-fi series Star Trek? They do say it had a plot, no matter, it was strong on visual imagery. It was all to do with a space journey that was to take years to complete. But funny as it goes, to control the spacecraft the actors stood at consoles and tried to look purposeful (surely they would get tired standing up?).

What future free speech for all?

The banana party shows its true colours

Sunset for some! (cartoon from the Times)Sunset for some! (cartoon from the Times)
First the tale of the Nulabour candidate, Stuart MacLennan, sacked (see HERE) for making remarks about a slew of political people, slaves and bananas. Normally when considering Nulabour and bananas we think of dear little David Miliband, fruit in hand, with that village idiot look on his face, a look honed to perfection over the years. Perhaps Miliband thought posing with a banana was 'the right thing to do', he may have even thought it was funny. He may even have a sense of humour. It is, however, a bit different with this MacLennan chap. He seems over-supplied with laddish tendencies and is convinced he is super funny. So what did he say and do wrong?

Here is what he said about some political people - John Bercow a "t**", Tory chief David Cameron a "t***", Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg "a b******" and MP Diane Abbot "a f****** idiot".

The Greek economy and the UK elections

Bad news buried by election, but for how long?

Do not bury bad news Do not bury bad news
It was clear that once Gordon Brown had gone to Buckingham Palace to initiate the process that starts the final run to a general election, news reporting would change. From now on only the discovery of Elvis Presley, alive and well, will knock the general election off its perch. Events that a month ago were 'big' and are still going on now languish. The Nulabour spin machine, its powers and performance always oversold by the MSM, got itself into trouble for coming up with the concept "a good day to bury bad news"

Remember the PIGS? Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain, reckoned to be the EU members in the most serious financial trouble and a wonderful acronym for the copy writer. Some analysts suggested that Italy should be in there too. Well you will have to dig deep now to find out the latest on these countries in the UK MSM. The story is effectively buried for the near future.

The funny thing about the EU is it sells itself on the notion of 'an ever closer union' but the nonsense of one size fits all is obvious when you look at the MSM on a Europe-wide basis. The German MSM, ever conscious of the fact that what ever happens in the EU its citizens seem to end up paying for it, took a home based approach to reporting the financial crisis. Hurrah, nationalism lives! For the Germans the handy PIGS acronym was no use at all.

Listen up! Economist in lecture mode

An example of how NOT to do EU propoganda

Dull, so ineffective! Dull, so ineffective!
The Economist is in lecture mode, as usual. The online article HERE takes a well trodden path. There are, including the Economist, at least four heavyweight political magazines in the UK. The other three? The Spectator,Standpoint and New Statesman. Looking at the group through the eyes of the Economist and in reverse order we could say of the New Statesman, founded in 1913, is now avowedly left of centre; a thing the Economist tries very hard to avoid and not always successfully. It is also perpetually in campaign mode. Standpoint, as seen by the Economist, is the upstart as it did not begin publication until 2008. Being both younger and fresher it can take risks and dart about. It's very good and unpredictable. The Spectator is the grandfather of them all, first printed in 1828. This makes it senior to the Economist of 1843. It is also very funny and informative. Some pompous people think being lighthearted now and then is the same as being lightweight. In constantly striving to be 'serious' the Economist is blissfully unaware of the times when it is daft and worse, when it is dull.

Trouble at mosque, says Birmingham MP

But who is to blame?

Finsbury Park Mosque (North London)Finsbury Park Mosque (North London)
According to a quote on the website of The Charity Commission: "a charity is not able to support, promote or criticise a political party". Yet I would suggest that the politicisation of charities and the whole concept of giving to them is now an established fact and, for the cash-strapped political establishment of the UK, it's a godsend. Take for example the case of St Tony Blair, just as soon as he could he set up a 'foundation' to apply all the tricks he had learned from hobnobbing with the Clintons. The money flows around Blair are as complicated as ocean currents but we do know that it is the UK taxpayer who picks up the bill for his security in the UK. The sum is around £6 million, you may think this is, considering Blair's wealth, unjust.

This is the paradox. History shows that charity evolved from a personal act of giving into a formal structure to right wrongs and sweep away injustice on a grand scale. However, while the scale of things may have increased dramatically, injustice has adapted itself also, it takes on new forms.