Despite its relentless attack on anything approaching intelligent or fringe opinion many of the chattering classes still stand by the BBC. Yet why? I never hear why? There is no reason why?
It’s like meeting the childhood crush of 30 years ago and not seeing they are not the same person and that you are different and the world is different. All we really require is a cheap BBC say BBC2 and BBC4 and maybe some fringe radio. This need not cost poor people £3 a week. The other stuff will still be done as it is commercial television.
It is interesting the Govt retains this vast edifice of News whilst stripping away the rest. The first thing that should go is BBC News. Hard to accept state propaganda paid for disproportionately by those who suffer from the neo Liberal state.
I hear people say Osborne believes in a smaller state or class war or is ideological yet mostly I see a supreme politician. Sure you can call it class war if you choose to see it that way. However it is populist class war if it is so as Labour’s backing earlier this year showed. Indeed I wonder how many people did not vote Tory out of an old enmity when they really supported them?
He talks austerity and balancing the budget and rebalancing the economy with little intention of doing so. He cuts welfare payments to people as promised in the manifesto, not his fault he had a majority and Labour backing. Nonetheless there is always a Billion or Three for the starving orphans of the ageing corporate world be they BAE with it’s weapons that don’t work, BP, RBS, Ineos, HS2 financiers, US Filmmakers, Pensioners, Farmers, Asset owners, Banks et al
He talks about what people perceive – that a lot is spent on the jobless and the need to balance a budget. In reality he will balance the budget through tax revenue, not cuts if the economy grows enough. Whether this is in the long run interests of the country is moot.
As long as you have someone to blame and people accept that it’s OK, for him and his party at least. Whilst I cannot applaud cynicism maybe others could learn pragmatism and talking to people not your own gallery?
He even knows not to do media and leave it to bumbling front man Call me Dave. McDonnell take note.
In amongst all the praise for VW’s former head stepping down and a discussion of the how the company’s PR deals with this regulatory problem I could not help feel one thing was missing. The reason why all this was happening, VW killed people. It was not it cheating tests and standards it was the reason for those tests and standards, those emissions kill people.
Media is now so neo Liberal the deaths are irrelevant but PR and cost analysis fascinating. The senior figures at VW so interesting the guy on a New York sidewalk having a heart attack, statistics.
Labour have thrown a curve at us. Sure they are the same party with the same group of inhuman MPs who variously backed, caused, supported or allowed: Internment: Rendition for Gaddafi and US: War: Torture: Locking up Refugee kids: PFI fraud, 100s Bns: Light City Regulation: Bailouts without real conditions: QE: Mass Surveillance etc etc. However I find supporting them back on the agenda. It’s certainly hard to paint Corbyn as a neo Liberal warmonger and it would be foolish to view most of his MPs as actually caring about more than his poll rating. Nonetheless and I make no bones about this Corbyn, Skinner, McDonnell, Abbot, Uncle Tom Cobley sat in their safe sinecures and made no stand bar Commons votes they were bound to lose. They stayed for the safe salary and easy fandom of left galleries.
Maybe Osborne has raised the stakes on standing aside from the mainstream – Cameron is very much the PR Spiv spokesperson the Telegraph labelled him and irrelevant. Tim Farron’s Lib Dems having been completely impaled at the election seems to be in cloud cuckoo land. Talking about grabbing the centre position Labour has supposedly opened up. This is Cleggism, indeed they are prepared to take on board MPs from Labour who represent the appalling stuff in the opening paragraph and were part of the most illiberal authoritarian warmongering Govt since before I was born. I can’t vote for that.
The Greens are a fringe and even if I was in Scotland I would not stomach the neo Liberal SNP with their fake socialist rhetoric. I can’t vote Plaid as I don’t live there and am not in Ulster either.
Can I vote for a Labour who backed needless pointless poor bashing austerity 3 months ago? We shall see but it’s on the agenda if nothing more.
It was clear to everyone who cared to Google it before this week’s nonsense that Cameron was a young tyro snorting coke and doing all the shit we expect of entitled creeps. Indeed George Osborne’s hanging out with cocaine and prostitutes is also pretty well known. The question therefore is why the attacks on Cameron now?
Is it because he won’t leave the EU and allow the wealthy to re-create the UK as a tax less health and safety less haven for criminal enterprises? Is it to make the authoritarian and weak Theresa May leader so we may have a police state where even after death VIP paedophiles reputation is at no risk? Is it just offended Billionaires? These are more important questions than where David Cameron placed his dick.
Again many on the Left are cheerleaders for reasons that amount to easy points in a game where points don’t count.
The fact the BBC cannot even cover further confirmation of what young ‘Call me Dave’ did as a kid shows why it should desist from being a purveyor of news – it is compromised by being a branch of Govt. Worse this purveyor of corporatist and state privilege is supported by a regressive tax on the poor and defended by the left!
The election of ‘left winger’ Jeremy Corbyn has fractured their efforts at impartiality. Anyone who does not have an establishment position gets slaughtered or attacked with irrelevant personal questions as anyone who witnessed MI5’s inhouse magazine Newsnight’s coverage of Snowden’s revelations and the phish questions to retired out of the loop spooks and ludicrous irrelevant legal questions to Greenwald. Indeed even a non political outsider is subject to BBC brutality – a dazed and confused desperate Paxman unable to dent Lord Black insulted his wife! Or throwing opinion polls in the way of people with minority opinions like the Bar room Boor winning an argument without facts.
Left support for the BBC can best be described as supporting what the right don’t like – ironically if the Mail defended BBC left would want rid! Much like supporting the EU the left are shown as floating reactionaries who don’t think as much as they think they do.
No one does self immolation like the left.
One of the things that most irritates me is the idea that Corbyn is Hard Left. What the fuck is Hard Left but cant? I know people who are Marxists and people who believe in the kind of stuff Corbyn would have spouted in 1980 about nationalising the top 250 companies. How fricken hard left is someone advocating clearing the deficit and monetizing new spending? Austerity lite.
Even economists whose first reaction was “People’s QE, what shit” are reduced on thinking to the pathetic defense of the pointless independence of the Bank of England and its Chauncey Gardneresque head Mark ‘The Bleeding Obvious’ Carney. QE is hardly a left wing vehicle.
Indeed the only thing left is that only the left call for expansionary fiscal policy these days even though that is not in and of itself left wing policy, it’s just a policy. Indeed the best criticism is that why monetize this debt when Govt is paying 2% and many would welcome bonds paying 2.5% and that would still be cheaper than PFI funding – can always monetize in an emergency like 2008. Osborne himself is a fan of Infrastructure spending provided it is done with maximum cost/waste of PFI.
Plans to not put rail franchises out to be purchased or gradually re-own pointlessly privatised utilities where Govt already takes all the risks and guarantees all the loans for no benefit as foreign owned hedge funds and Sovereign Energy companies syphon off operating profit to avoid any tax may sound left but only the barking wing of the right would dare argue seriously it was much other than sensible or little different.
My worry is that the rest of Corbyn’s ideas are stuck in the same 1980s time warp as his critics. How left can he be with 90% of his MPs fervent neo Libs?
On the surface his economics hardly scream leftist by 2015 standards never mind 1985.