LASSEN SIE NACH ATHENS KOMMEN
We have heard a great deal over the last two months about The Times and the Telegraph being used as “political weapons” and agents of furthering the business aims – ‘content for money’ – of the owners and their advertisers.
I still think Peter Oborne the bravest media man in Britain for having resigned, and then led a blistering attack on the perversion of news for largely commercially propagandic ends. To do this, Peter – a highly intelligent, principled, insightful and amusing bloke – had to leave his ‘tribe’ and move to a No Man’s Land he now inhabits….doubtless soon to be a suitable case for vilification, for lo, hath he not joined the dangerous people David Cameron calls Non-Violent Extremists?
Now – in the light of two disgraceful pieces in the UK MSM this morning – it may be time for others to show an equal degree of courage. The articles concerned appeared in the Guardian and the Financial Times….and the bravery required is among those on the Left and in the City: those who continue to give a near-Stalinist level of unquestioning support to the EU (and its spawn of the Devil, the euro) in the face of a mountain of multidimensional considerations suggesting the entire construct is a threat to the rule of Law, liberty and democracy.
Both the articles purport to describe some kind of reality in relation to the Greco-EU crisis.
Looking at the Guardian first, the piece pulls that classic trick of leading with a mendacious headline simply not backed up by the body copy content. ‘Greek political unrest and deepening debt crisis fuel talk of snap election’ the headline proclaims.
Deconstructing the bollocks in this headline in subject order:
1. One searches the article in vain for any evidence whatsoever of ‘political unrest’. The piece asserts ‘The prospect of renewed political strife in Greece coincided with mounting dissent within Syriza over the extent to which it should roll back on pre-electoral reforms’. Note my italics: what political strife? Over two-thirds of the electorate still support the Syriza stance: the KKE is isolated, Golden Dawn powerless (the army supports Tsipras), Nia Demokrita discredited, and Pasok close to extinction.
As for ‘mounting’ dissent within Syriza, the Guardian drags up Kostas Chrysogonos and Panagiotis Lafazanis. The former MEP is not a Syriza minister in any capacity, while the latter has been trying to discredit Alexis Tsipras for a year at least: he is virulently anti-euro and not representative of majority Syriza sentiment.
Dissent within Syriza is a permanent given: it is, after all, a loose coalition of those on the Left in Greek politics.
2. The copy states quite clearly, ‘Yanis Varoufakis held informal talks with the IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, in Washington DC on Sunday, and Lagarde said he confirmed that the repayment would be made on Thursday.’ So the debt crisis has not deepened at all: rather, it has been stabilised for the short term. Note the complete absence of any informed speculation as to why Mr Varoufakis gave the assurance privately in the first place.
3. The idea of these first two headline assertions ‘fuelling talk’ of a snap election is thus idiotic: Kostas Chrysogonos is one opinion among many. A snap election right now is that last thing that Syriza either wants or needs.
Pro-euro/EU factions, however, would very much like to give the impression of instability and confusion. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has for many years been an ardent Eunatic, unwilling to brook any idea of the UK being left out of a wannabe suprastate…a suprastate that is illegally unaudited, has no Sovereign body, relies on an unaccountable central bank whose boss is on the record of having reduced worker wages as his key aim, and regards all democratic referendums or elections as “dangerous mistakes”.
The Guardian has an editorial policy, and I respect it as long as it is open, upfront and accurate. But as with the Right’s press moguls, I draw the line at sensationalised fabrication. The idea of Brechtian ‘good lies’ is still alive and well on the Left, and it continues to worry me.
As for the FT’s tosh today, it is “informed” almost entirely by Troikanauts, and represents a bludgeoning attempt to suggest that a Syriza/To Potami/Pasok ‘more reasonable’ coalition would be a better alternative to the current government – so apparently ‘out of touch’ with its people. What a risible, pathetic and obviously potty suggestion: trimmers, CIA-bankrolled media inventions and dinosaurs clubbing together in one last desperate attempt to – there is no other phrase that will do – suck the EU’s cock, and bury the People under yet more rapist ejaculate….because the collaborators themselves simply could not bear to swallow.
My point here is simple, and I have made it countless times before: in the upside down spin-world we inhabit today, the task of all the good folks out there is to critique the ideologues in their tribe, and get back to a sound basis for a realistic goal.
The Left working on the assumption that Homo sapiens is evolving for the good (when it obviously isn’t) is no better than the Right pandering to the base instincts we still have (when they clearly lead to disastrous greed).
Suggesting that the future will be an endless battle between two delusional philosophies strikes me as narrow mindedness bordering on nihilism. An approach (not an ideology) already exists that has never been given a decent run at it….but clearly made positive strides where it was tried: the Benthamite realism of the greatest contentment of the greatest number – and the allied concept of community mutualism giving undiluted support to all those ideas that put ingenuity to use in the cause of the 97%, not the 3%.