“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt The Younger
It might surprise you to read this, but I’m almost nostalgic for Margaret Thatcher. At least she had the sense to wage war in some shithole in the South Atlantic that no-one had heard of or cared about. What’s more, it didn’t risk escalating into a wider conflict, and only 1,000 dead, most of them Argies.
What’s more, it took six weeks for the warships to get there, allowing ample time for a feeding frenzy of speculation and propaganda to keep the parasites of British media in boozy lunches for a while longer.
Even neoliberal spook Tony Blair achieved more than May, ignoring a public protest against the invasion of Iraq of a million mostly white people, leading to the deaths of a similar number of mostly brown people, and damaging the reputation of socialism by smearing it with the shit stains of “New Labour” and damaging the UK Labour Party’s reputation so much that it will be seen as irrelevant for a generation.
Both top-level gaming.
And then the rot set in with David Cameron. Sure, he was all gung ho for destroying Libya, along with the US (as always) and France, but to what end? Before you know it, the Royal Navy has to start picking up “migrants” in the Mediterranean, desperately trying to “migrate” to Europe. Not because they think Europe is in any way better, but at least it’s not a war zone, and before you know it, they’re “coming over ‘ere, stealing our jobs”.
And now Theresa May, with the Margaret Thatcher makeover, and the thousand-yard stare, and the media-trained platitudes. I doubt Maggie would have let Trump hold her hand, never mind suck his cock. But Theresa is no Iron Lady, just a rusty old battle-axe.
I stopped watching BBC News on or about 8th April 2013 after Margaret Thatcher died and the most critical thing that they said about her was that she was “controversial”. I grew up in South Yorkshire, and on that day I realised that people like me, and the people I grew up with, and pretty much anyone outside the home counties are unrepresented by BBC News.
And so, in classic click-bait stylee, here are the 10 things I have learned in the past five years, after I stopped watching or listening to BBC News, Newsnight, Daily Politics or BBC Radio 4‘s embarrassingly awful Today Programme.
1. London is not the only city in England.
2. England is not the only kingdom in the United Kingdom.
3. The United Kingdom is not the only country in the world.
4. The United Kingdom is not a democracy.
5. The royal family is not an asset to the people of the United Kingdom.
6. The Commonwealth is not a common wealth.
7. “Migrant” is synonymous with “refugee”.
8. Snow is still a headline news story even though it happens every winter in the UK and there are plenty of other news stories.
9. Journalism is dead.
10. Margaret Thatcher was an apologist for fascists and corporate greed, and a protector of paedophiles, necrophiliacs and child murders.
Poor cow, I almost feel sorry for Theresa May. So desperate was she to get the premiership that she grabbed the most poisoned chalice since the Poll Tax, and betrayed all her barely discernible principles in the process. We should coin a phrase for this kind of infantile hubris; instead of “selling out” we should refer to it as “Clegging Up”.
Brexit is the most bone-headed act of mutual self-destruction since the appeasement of Hitler. I understand there are very strong emotions on both sides, but it must be clear to anyone with a brain larger than a walnut that we’re already getting fucked and it’s only going to get worse, and no-one knows what to do about it.
Except just stop it, that is, seeing as Article 50 has not been triggered and the referendum is not legally binding and it should be debated by parliament and blah, blah, blah (just add any of the other stuff us liberal-elite, unpatriotic remoaners keep banging on about).
It’s perfectly clear that there is not one person in our entire government who is remotely qualified, experienced or capable of managing such an unimagined contingency. What’s more, our government and parliament is largely (not completely) comprised of uneducated imbeciles. Sounds like a cheap, ad-hominem insult, I know, but in which other profession could a middle-aged person, with any degree of professional confidence or ethical credibility, move from a senior job in finance to a similarly pivotal role in the health sector? Or education, or defence, or social welfare? Quite a common occurrence among ministers in British government.
The British parliamentary system not only celebrates delusional, aspirational folly but also handsomely rewards any amount of corruption, misconduct and incompetence.
We now have a Prime Minister who actually said “brexit means brexit.”
In public. To the press. No, really, and we think Trump is an idiot.
Imagine if I went to work and a client asked me what audio-visual (AV) tech I was going to provide to achieve the required results, and I said “AV is as AV does.” I would be dismissed on the spot, but the British parliamentary system requires no such competence, actual or perceived.
When I was of school age, we used to tease each other by pretending we knew an embarrassing secret about another child but refusing to say what it was. Another technique was to start telling some tale and then abruptly stop and say “never mind, you wouldn’t believe me”. Both childish ruses, of course, to pretend some superior knowledge or advantage, and founded on nothing.
Rather like the government’s refusal to give details about its brexit negotiations. Most of us left that sort of behaviour in the playground but Theresa May is so immured in her Thatcher-a-like folly, she can neither recognise nor accept her own impotence. In a move reminiscent of the so-called Darwin Awards, which awards trophies to those whose acts of stupidity remove them from the gene pool, a woman that could countenance the appointment of Boris Johnson to Foreign Secretary has already selected herself for political extinction.
I must admit, I had lost my mojo a bit over the weekend and failed to come up with a satisfactory Playbolam™ for the 18th, although I did have a few ideas, and failed to get it published on time. However, I was saved by the doorbell and the arrival, the following day, of a few carefully chosen bits and bobs direct from Playmobil themselves. http://playbolam.wordpress.com/ http://playmobil.co.uk/
Under the section of their online shop listed as “Last chance to buy”, I couldn’t resist the price reduced pink unicorn at £1.75, although I was not sure what use I would have for it. But as soon as I unpacked it, I could see Spooky May riding it as a symbol of Brexit, accompanied by a few kippers.
Seems so obvious now.
My own inaction was partly inspired by the sheer tyranny of choice, with so many easy targets for anger, frustration and downright incredulity at the sprawling omnishambles that is the British parliamentary system.
I see no future for Britain whilst such incompetence is tolerated. All MPs should be dismissed and re-elected, but employed on proper contracts of employment and overseen by an independent standards body that has the power to remove them from office and, if need be, prosecute them.
Until genuine oversight is applied to those in public office whose decisions affects the lives of others, there is no future but fascism, and we are destined to be lead by the very least among us.
It seems I am not as much of a tinfoil-hat-wearing space-cadet as you might think. I genuinely did not think the UK would vote to leave the EU. I thought it was all just a waste-of-time sop from the Conservatives, pretending to give a tiny fuck about what British people want.
What’s more, although I was expecting another financial crash, I didn’t think #Brexit was going to cause Sterling to shit a kidney. Also, I didn’t expect a spike in race-hate crime, or the cynically opportunist Labour leadership attempted coup.
But what I have been whinging on about for years is the bias in the mainstream media (so beloved of us lizard-spotters), the promotion of anti-immigration propaganda and the demonisation of Muslims.
Here is a three-part tweet from Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy on July 1st, expressing his disdain for people wearing safety pins as a sign of solidarity with immigrants in the UK:
Re pin wearing : 1. Most people are not violent, abusive racists so u don’t need to tell me you are normal – I assume that already
A bit late for the disingenuous turd to be saying that now after he, along with Cathy Newman, Jon Snow and the rest of the Channel 4 News presentation and editorial team have been happy to spread daily propaganda about immigration, Syrian “migrants” and radicalised Muslims for years.
But it’s not just Channel 4 News, these days BBC News is nothing more than a wing of the Conservative Party press office and both channels have given a platform for the inflammatory lies of UKIP’s Nigel Farage on an almost daily basis.
Why is that? Why would a supposedly unbiased news channel give disproportionate coverage to one very minor, single-issue party?
But the most important question remains: why would the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom not take one of the few opportunities available to him to be remembered as a statesman?
When the referendum is not legally binding, when both sides of the referendum campaigns have been revealed to have misled the public, when the majority is so small, when more than four million people have signed a petition calling for a second referendum, and when the result has directly led to a five-fold increase in race-hate crimes, why not halt the process, consult with the public, parliament and the EU, and provide for a second referendum? https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/13121
Whatever speculation you might like to entertain about what went down in Downing Street, I couldn’t possibly comment. But I will be very interested to find out with which corporations David Cameron gets non-executive directorships when he leaves parliament.