A Sense of Proportion 133


The Establishment is fast losing its grip on the loyalty of the populace. That decline in the respect of the population for their masters has coincided with the rise of the importance of the internet and social media, and the corresponding decline in consumption of traditional print and broadcast news and current affairs media. It is a little more complicated than simple cause and effect – at precisely the same period the income gap in western society has opened out massively, and the palliative protections of the masses, particularly trade unions, have been rendered impotent. But the overall impact is that respect of the people for their “betters” is vanishing. Indeed, very few people would accept anybody in the political class as their “better” today.

There have been a number of Establishment reactions to this development. One is the cry of “Fake News” and desire to find excuses for censoring the internet and re-establishing control of the narrative. The “Fake News” alarm is perhaps too transparent a device to work in this respect, but they will keep mining away at the national security/paedophilia/terrorism excuses for ending this period of unprecedented freedom in mass communication.

Another device continuously deployed is for wealthy and/or powerful members of the Establishment to use identity politics to claim that they are themselves under attack. Hillary Clinton’s defeat is continually explained by her acolytes as due to “misogyny”. We had the entirely faked up story that the anger at Laura Kuenssberg for being blatantly anti-Corbyn was also misogyny. There is not a single Blairite female Labour MP who has not repeatedly claimed that political opposition from the left is conditioned by her gender.

Now we have a new meme, where MPs are complaining that their children are being verbally attacked at school. Now it is very wrong that any child is ever bullied or made unhappy. If Bob Stewart was telling the truth of his child facing adverse comment from a teacher, that is bad. But life is not without its troubles, even for children. I suffered some veiled taunts from one particular teacher about the fact my father was absent from the home. When I was going through my very high profile dispute with the Foreign Office, people said things to my children. Stuff happens – I don’t want any child to be unhappy, but MPs’ children have pretty charmed lives and manage to do often “surprisingly” well at getting their first job.

Today we have Hanna Flint in the Guardian apparently traumatised by a teacher asking her when she was 13 if her mum, Caroline Flint, would vote for the war in Iraq. Again I am sorry if that upset Hanna. No child should be upset. But there are hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children a very great deal more traumatised by having close family members blown to pieces in the Iraq conflict, thanks to the hardened and nasty right wing piece of work that is Caroline Flint. I imagine their trauma is rather worse. There are plenty of Iraqi children who got maimed themselves. There are plenty of Iraqi children who, unlike Hanna, never got the chance to grow up at all, thanks to Hanna’s warmongering mum. I am sorry for your childhood pain, Hanna, I really am. I hate to see any child unhappy. But forgive me if you are not first in line for my sympathy.

Remember, if your mum was not a Blairite MP, a young journalist as bland as you would be most unlikely to get an article published in the Guardian. See, its not all that bad. being in the Establishment.

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133 thoughts on “A Sense of Proportion

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    • giyane

      In the Venn diagram of ‘Social media trolls’ , ‘Politicians who lie’ and ‘the rest of the electorate’ Donald Trump looks like an Olympic Medallist. Today’s nauseating denouncement of nations that support terrorists like Al Qaida and Islamic State insults all our intelligence. What kind of make-believe world do we live in where USUKIS have deployed the proxy Islamist armies against the civilian population in Syria for seven years and the POTUS thinks he still has clothes?
      Today Trump pisses on the United Nations; tomorrow the world pisses on the United States of America.

      • Tony_0pmoc

        giyane,

        I have enormous respect for The Moon of Alabama, and he has a slightly different point of view. It doesn’t mean you are wrong and he is right….I largely agree with both of you..

        http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/09/sovereign-nations-main-theme-of-trumps-un-speech.html

        “Today the President of the United States Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly.
        The speech’s main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It emphasized Westphalian principles.

        [W]e do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.

        All leaders of countries should always put their countries first, he said, and “the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.””

        Of course it depends which bits of a speech you pick, but I thought that was O.K.

        Tony

        • Paul Barbara

          @ Tony_0pmoc September 19, 2017 at 20:02
          ‘..All leaders of countries should always put their countries first, he said, and “the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.””
          But it has sweet FA to do with how the US and NATO (including the US’s ‘Poodle-in Chief’, the UK) behave.
          Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria were all ‘Sovereign States’ when the US and it’s cronies invaded, occupied and/or sent proxy mercenary head-choppers in to kill and devastate these ‘Sovereign States’.
          And Venezuela, Iran and North Korea are Sovereign States – why threaten them?
          North Korea has nukes – and I don’t blame them a bit, with the rampaging US bully and its gang of War Criminal thugs (sorry, NATO) attacking every country that doesn’t kow-tow to their diktats.

  • Dan Huil

    The British nationalist press gets more shrill by the day. Probably it sees its influence waning as sales fall.

    Thank god for the internet.

    Good luck to Catalonia.

    Boycott all britnat media. Don’t pay the bbc tax.

    • John Goss

      I have a friend returning shortly to Barcelona. I wonder if it will still be part of Spain then!

      But it is not just Catalonia that needs a bit of luck. Syria does too. According to this report Israeli warplanes have been bombing the Syria-Lebanon border – an international war-crime. But where is Jake Wallis Simons report on this. And where is his lawyer, Mr Lewis, when real legal infringements take place instead of the shameful attempt to extract money for hurt pride.

      http://theduran.com/breaking-israeli-warplanes-struck-syria-lebanon-border/

      • Resident Dissident

        As opposed to Syria invading and bombing Lebanon which is of course also an international war crime that you are prepared to forgive and ignore in your reporting for many many years. Why is this?

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Dan Huil September 19, 2017 at 19:30
      ‘…Boycott all britnat media. Don’t pay the bbc tax.’
      I’ve been doing that for some years; the more that follow that advice, the better.
      And try, as much as is reasonable, to boycott the US and it’s products (as well as the Apartheid State’s BDS).

  • gyges

    You miss the subtlety of identity politics.

    When “Hillary Clinton’s defeat is continually explained by her acolytes as due to “misogyny” it is to conjure up the identity of her detractors as misogynists and hence attacking Hilary is to be or to be associated with a misogynist (and of course supporting Hilary to be seen as a non-misogynist). A similar phenomenon happened with, is happening with Brexit politics. The identity of a typical Remainer(effete, Southron, greedy, traitor) or Leaver (thick, knuckle-dragging, Northerner) is conjured up. Instead of the issues being discussed and debated the debate is hijacked by the this deceit.

  • Tom

    And look who else is playing the victim now they’re losing the argument:

    The BBC’s slur has caused my family misery
    NIGEL FARAGE
    (Daily Telegraph)

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Tom September 19, 2017 at 21:40
      Sounds like a good case for Wallis Simon’s lawyer, Lewis.

  • J

    The fear of nationalism, racism, the far right and so on seems to function as a very effective wedge between (for want of a better description) the liberal middle classes and the working class, despite both having more to lose through division. But how real is it? How real would any of this be without generations of openly racist foam and rant from certain ‘newspapers’?

    Or without the general air of British superiority emanating from the entire establishment toward everyone else in the world. Most clearly visible at the BBC (the same BBC who nurtured and protected Jimmy Savile) but also the equally virulent superciliousness from the rest including the political establishment who brought us Greville Janner and Cyril Smith among very many others.

    And yet most of the oxygen given to racist ideas seems to emanate in one form or other from this same establishment. They wage actual aggressive war, mostly against brown or dark skinned people, peddle nationalistic jingoism, display everything from extreme to casual racism and push nothing but far right economic fundamentalism. Just how organic is this racist tide?

    When you do meet one of these newly minted, self professed racists, they parrot the same talking points in exactly the same terms and in the same context as those we hear from their superiors in the media. They deal in the same contradictory ideas with similarly selective and deliberately muddled history. Significantly in my view they deliver their views with a total lack of conviction. I don’t mean the prat-falling idiots we see via the media, just the people you’re actually likely to meet on the streets.

    And those rallies we saw seemed very well co-ordinated, except upon closer inspection. Whereupon nobody could agree what they thought they were involved in. Is it possible that some of the actual organisation for these groups is from establishment coffers (all those opium profits have to go somewhere right?) Much of the social media stuff smells like paid and bought astroturfing, it doesn’t convince. There’s certainly any number of very nasty individuals, either useful idiots or directly employed who cause real aggro, copycats and just plain nutters. How for real are they? Agent provocateurs? Not unprecedented if some of them are and much of it does feel more akin to It feels more akin to Russiagate, which don’t forget, while it lasted created considerable sympathy for ideas coming directly from the CIA.

    I can’t help but think that we’ve seen this script before in other but similar forms, a well funded, executed and planned diversionary public relations campaign. Like the Tea Party. Like the mass of impressions which were created in the wake of 9/11 but which were often the wake itself. The Iraq, Libya and Syria narratives had the direct involvement of some of the major names in PR.

    As one recent example, here’s what the Guardian presented:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2017/aug/20/boston-rally

    And below is a video of what was actually taking place in that bandstand thing (just a few day after Charlottesville) during what was described to us as the ‘Boston Rally.’ Watch it and make up your own mind. What is abundantly clear is that the various narrative streams might as well be parallel universes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9X2ZRB9GCU

  • Hieroglyph

    Trump haters make me vomit. Now they are slating him for his aggressive language on North Korea. Of course, these same haters are happy to discuss the nuclear option with Russia – a far more dangerous adversary – without blinking an eye. Indeed, Corbyn is slated for not wishing nuclear armageddon upon us all, as somehow this is ‘weak on Russia’.

    They have totally gone insane, and should all just shut the fuck up for the next 7 years. Trump is far from perfect, and I’m not especially impressed by his war-mongering lately, but it has been mostly just words and rhetoric. He hasn’t invaded anyone recently, and has calmed tensions with Russia; that is what are known as ‘actions’, and on these actions he can and should be judged. Crying like a little girl at everything he says is just psychologically disturbed behaviour.

    Sadly, Trump looks like he’s been co-opted by the unofficial coup that has taken place in the US. Whether he is lying low for now, taking stock, or whether he’s been ‘persuaded’ in the usual manner remains to be seen. I suspect he’s going to fire some of these generals soon, and hasn’t been entirely ‘persuaded’ yet, but we will see. If he starts being a war-mongering dick, fair enough, time to start complaining.

    And what is with these Clinton supporters? She’s evidently a truly awful human being. I find it odd that people can’t see this; they are basically cult members, who can’t see the flaws of their Glorious Leader. I can see Trump’s flaws pretty clearly, for sure.

    • J

      “Trump haters…”

      What does that mean? Trump critics? Most of his own party you mean?

      Trump was apparent enough for what he is long before his presidential campaign. Without the astonishing degree of media exposure he received and without the vicious treatment of Sanders by the Democratic machinery itself (alongside that of Clinton) Trump almost certainly wouldn’t be the president today. Both Clinton’s were a disgrace while Obama and Bush were the public face of wars of aggression and the building up of a privatised military police state. While being no admirer of theirs, why should that endear anyone to Trump? As you can admit, it’s been business as usual. You defend his lunatic ramblings by describing them as comparable to other lunatic ramblings. Strong praise.

      Isn’t yours a similar standard of acceptance to that which made Obama into Nobel laureate material? That for a very large constituency, he was able to cover up of multitude of sins not to mention war crimes.

    • giyane

      I like to think that being a sensitive man Donald Trump will take notice of his critics and, like a spacecraft, alter his course a little with a puff to the right here and a nudge to the left there. Nothing wrong with a little criticism to an intelligent pair of ears. No pint whatsoever in criticising the morally and intellectually blind like Hillary Clinton or Theresa May. If they tied their knickers to the mast at least they could stop wetting their fingers and sticking them in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. Nobodies interested anyway.

    • glenn_uk

      H: Your straw man about Clinton aside (because I don’t know anyone entirely uncritical of her), it’s clear Trump is a white supremacist, deeply misogynistic, a toxic narcissist with fascist sympathies (to say the least). Deeply racist, Trump appeals to the very worst in human nature. So what makes him so attractive to you personally?

      • Ba'al Zevul

        a white supremacist, deeply misogynistic, a toxic narcissist with fascist sympathies IOW, in any one of these respects, he is representative of a large number of Americans. And it’s still some kind of a democracy. He will take an extreme and unmitigated position on any issue you care to name, but this seems to be with the intention of seeing how far he can push it. He’s still realistic enough to back off an unsustainable stance after pushing his opposition back a yard or two….rather than assess it as unsustainable in advance and not take it. He’s not quite as daft as he looks, Donald. Quite as unpleasant, nearly as dangerous, but not as daft, and rather more of an opportunist than an ideologue.

        • glenn_uk

          I’d heard it said from a few years back that, should the US be declared a fascist state, a full third of the population would immediately click their heels and snap the straight-arm salute. Never thought we’d see it put to the test like this.

          Clearly, Trump has plenty of low cunning, but he’s nothing more than what we always thought – a cheesy con-man with an exceedingly bigoted outlook. And an incredibly thin skin, with a fragile ego. But a true bully at heart, corrupt to the core.

          • Ba'al Zevul

            I would dispute the low cunning. I think he has a methodology which he has convinced himself works…and may not even have the cunning to change it radically if circumstances dictate. Which doesn’t necessarily make him stupid, as he has a defence against his own predictability, which is to throw armfuls of chaff at the media.

            But do we blame Trump for Trump? He embodies the American Dream, in a twisted fashion, and as we both recognise, he appeals to followers of the American Myth – which is fundamentally exceptionalist. I think we should blame our own misperception of the American psyche – usually a profound misconception – and our serially lousy governments’ failure to prepare for a Trump. He was always a possibility, and shouldn’t have come as a shock.

      • Hieroglyph

        Straw man? Did you follow the election? Saint Hillary could do no wrong, in certain circles. It was bizarre. And it’s not enough to be ‘a bit critical’. She’s a crook, and a whack job.

        And your description of Trump is just weird. He’s a conservative, and a capitalist, with some very right wing views (which are not my own). Racist? Fascist Sympathies? Simply don’t see it.

        • glenn_uk

          Clinton had plenty of critics, who wanted her to win nonetheless. Amazed you failed to notice (assuming you’re actually paying any attention at all).

          Perhaps you should read the news a bit more before commenting on Trump’s racism and fascist tendencies. You simply don’t see it either because you don’t want to, or you haven’t bothered to look.

      • Eric Blair

        Did you know that when Trump first considered running for POTUS as an independent several years ago his choice for running mate (and VP) was Oprah Winfrey?

        Make of that what you will.

    • john young

      “Russia a far more dangerous adversary” really hieroglyph,they did after all “win” world war11,and they do not have bases in 85 countries like the good ole USof A who are the biggest threat in to-days world,funders of ISIL/DAESH,backers of two of the worst states in the world Israel/Saudi Arabia.

      • Paul Barbara

        @ john young September 20, 2017 at 15:38
        Well said. And the US and it’s cronies are still aiding Daesh in a number of areas.

  • Sharp Ears

    Ban social media trolls from voting, election watchdog suggests
    Electoral Commission says bans could be considered in attempt to reduce amount of abuse faced by politicians
    18 September, 2017
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/18/ban-social-media-trolls-from-voting-election-watchdog-suggests

    Jonathan Cook responds.

    The War on Social Media is Being Stepped Up
    by Jonathan Cook / September 19th, 2017
    A really social media, one where we can freely express ourselves and where we alone control the content, is the problem. It must be stopped at all costs.

    First, it was “fake news”: the suggestion that social media is uniquely damaging to democracy, rather than the corporately owned media that feeds us constant lies, including the egregious deception that WMD existed in Iraq, and selects self-serving political priorities, such as that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is the biggest threat to the planet’s safety (Donald Trump and climate breakdown are far bigger threats right now).

    The latest concern is “trolling”. The UK’s Electoral Commission wants to ban people from voting over bad online etiquette. How will “trolling” be defined? We don’t know yet, but you can be sure it won’t encompass someone like Tony Blair, who trolled some 40 million British voters, then ignored their views, to take us into an illegal war.
    /..
    https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/the-war-on-social-media-is-being-stepped-up/

    • Sharp Ears

      Ostensibly, it’s all about the bermbs!

      Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content
      1 hour ago

      Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Theresa May is to tell the United Nations general assembly.

      The prime minister will also host a meeting with other world leaders and Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter.

      She will challenge social networks and search engines to find fixes to take down terrorist material in two hours.

      Tech giant Google said firms were doing their part but could not do it alone – governments and users needed to help.

      The prime minister has repeatedly called for an end to the “safe spaces” she says terrorists enjoy online.

      Ministers have called for limits to end-to-end encryption, which stops messages being read by third parties if they are intercepted, and measures to curb the spread of material on social media.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41327816

    • nevermind

      The toothless electoral commission is doing what Mrs. May wants them to do, their dependencies are clearly showing and their deliberate inaction on behalf of cheating main parties, a chained toothless dog, has made it clear that the electoral Commission is a tool of the party in power, just as the BBC is a megaphone for what happens at Westminster, not in the country at large.

      Waiting to see what the German elections will throw up, who will go in to coalition with the CDU, whether Mutti has enough votes to carry on, it will matter for Europe and for us.

      Trumps failure to address the crying shame played out in Bangladesh and Burma, his denial of the Cholera epidemic in Yemen due to indiscriminate bombing, his blindness to Saudi crimes against Bahrains majority Shia population and more. Instead he chooses to rattle his renegade sable, daring to denigrate Elton Johns creation rocket man. What a waste of time, hairspray and make up he is.

        • nevermind

          thanks for that sharp ears, the rider on the AFD’s election ad campaign ‘trau Dich Deutschland’, meaning ‘dare you Germany’ is offering the public a fascist underdogs belly to be tickled.
          ‘Don’t worry about the crap I just rolled in with Nigel Farrage at Conference, I just dare you to tickle my dirty belly.’
          Its appealing to those who have twice chosen economic security before nationalist and racist siren calls.
          As for the second advert ‘neue deutsche machen wir selber’ , i.e. We can make our own new Germans’. is evidently not true.
          The outlook for the future is bleak, they are not having enough children and are unable to provide a sustainable future work/pension paying public.
          So, who really has made her pregnant on that provocative poster?….:)

          I have seen the outrageous AfD piglet advert defaced, festooned with a fitting Hitler moustache, but it is clear to everyone that the right has switched its once inherent fears of Jewish people, its past racist priorities, to Islam, in a generalisation that one cap fits all.

          It is still unelectable but many very simple people will vote for the AFD and its connective tissue with the past..
          I am appalled at Beatrix von Storch’s rabid solutions to refugee mothers and children, a viewpoint she might have learned at home from her dad, one Hjalmar Schacht, but which is wholly inappropriate in the 21st century.

          It well might be humanities last century….

  • Node

    Craig is heavily referenced in the latest Medialens offering.
    http://medialens.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=855:bowing-down-before-the-bbc-polly-toynbee-and-the-role-of-a-liberal-propagandist&catid=55:alerts-2017&Itemid=249

    His post about 38 degrees caving in and deleting a poll about Laura Kuenssberg’s biased reporting is extensively quoted.
    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/05/establishment-rallies-around-keunssberg/

    Medialens’s piece is about Polly Toynbee and other corporate journalists using claims of misogyny to deflect legitimate criticism of the mainstream media in general.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      How very true that rings, Node. ANYTHING is getting to be misogyny in the Guardian/BBC book, I’m thinking. Including taking a piss standing up (chauvinist distinction between wimmin and men encouraged by urinal profiteers), complimenting the mrs on her hairdo (patronising pandering to body-image fetish) and looking – admiringly – at the M**l Online’s Sidebar of Shame (objectifying photographs). The Grauniad may as well retitle itself ‘The Daily Wimmin’ and most of BBC R4’s content appears to be generated by Germaine Greer’s 19-year-old PPE undergrad niece.

      • MJ

        “patronising pandering to body-image fetish”

        Haha! Very naughty. Try not noticing at all. Then you’re really in the doghouse.

      • nevermind

        thanks for the long laugh, Ba’al, shall we expect the Guardian now to be breaking the glass ceiling in their future appointments? shit NO, before xmas… or are they just winging about the pay discrepancies in the BBC?

        • Ba'al Zevul

          Dunno, Nevermind. But I haven’t seen Toynbee complaining about her own circumstances except to point out that her wage is still behind some FTSE CEOs…

          Toynbee knows a thing or two about wealth. While she told Guido Fawkes back in 2011 that her earnings were around £110,000 per annum, it’s thought that her personal wealth is considerably more. The class warrior owns a holiday home in Tuscany and in terms of some of her spending, she is ahead of even the ‘phenomenally rich’ Cameron in some departments.

          https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/polly-toynbee-forgets-to-check-her-privilege-on-marr/

          • giyane

            People in skirts shouldn’t walk on top of glass ceilings unless they want electricians to accidentally examine their wiring.

  • Sharp Ears

    Anthony Tarrant’s sitrep on his experience of Irma and the aftermath and his view of our current condition.

    It concludes:
    ‘At the civilizational fork where far too many obscenely stupid, venal and greedy annihilists are in charge, what will it take to rip the zombie’s head off the deep state? Hurricanes Andrew, Charlie, Wilma, Katrina, Harvey, Irma and perhaps Maria haven’t seemed to do the trick. Likewise, eight geriatrics warehoused in a for-profit Hollywood, FL nursing home dying of heat exhaustion when the air conditioning went out caused little more than a momentary stir in the media when the hook became the location of the human dumping ground – right across the street from a Level-1 trauma center.

    As we all enter the leading edge of a largely irreversible negative feedback loop of a warming planet, the strength and frequency of hurricanes seems likely to increase. What happens when they’re all Cat-3 or Cat-4 when they make landfall? How will capital and government respond?

    The only dialect worth exploring is this: Russia and China are committed to a $20 trillion/20 year plan to build out continental networks of high speed rail to swiftly transport raw materials, finished goods and people as part of the One Belt One Road initiative, together with new, modern port systems to pull up hundreds of millions of people out of penury as part of the next industrial age of man. America spends a trillion dollars a year on bombs, death and dismemberment. One of these plans has a future. The other does not.

    As a low, slow flying entourage of military aircraft containing the Governor of Florida, an exonerated plunderer owing his fortune to an historic Medicare fraud, and the President, who learned his ethics at the knee caps of Roy Cohen, flew by just east of my house, I took cold comfort as I swept dank pools of bacteria rich sludge out of my garage.’

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/irma/

  • Cynicus

    ‘Hillary Clinton’s defeat is continually explained by her acolytes as due to “misogyny”.’
    ——
    Spot-on, Craig. This side of the pond, as you will know, The Guardian is especially prolific in playing the “misogyny” card both ATL and BTL. Only last week I received on myself in my attempt to answer a columnist’s question,
    “How do you lose the presidency to a man like Donald Trump? He was the most unpopular presidential candidate of all time….”

    I submitted 5 reasons, out of many in response. The only critical comment on my points addressed none of them but only this:

    “As for CynCur’s ridiculous Five reasons, this sounds like the usual Hate Hillary bs Bannon, Putin and pussy-grabber Trump regularly submit and shallow misogynists lap up. None of it is verifiable. All of it soothes the delicate male ego.”

  • mark golding

    ..there are hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children a very great deal more traumatised by having close family members blown to pieces in the Iraq conflict Indeed and I have first-hand knowledge of this terrible shock without awe.

    The ‘awe’ is in fact the whole and if one attempts to analyse a part or proportion of that whole, it becomes a pointless exercise. If the ‘whole’ is corrupt then any relative amount is also rotten and deceitful.

    Craig has the authority and courage to scrutinise and consider the integrity of the whole and in this post and ‘Lidl Terrorism’ he reveals the component parts. Parts such as the ‘expansion’ of terror by stretching the narrative and faking up the story; by lies and untruths which are the pillars that support the whole and by accentuating the role of security to destroy our freedoms. Typically our Brexit vote has been turned against us to secure a new legal pact to make sure the fight against terror continues unhindered after March 2019. Dave Davis MP, my hero from the now defunct WebCameron site resigned after the Counter-Terrorism Bill vote and who sparked public debate on the erosion of civil liberties has been screwed into failure and sidelined. The corrupt whole cannot trust him to comply.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/17/britain-will-pay-remain-part-ofeuropol-brexit-david-davis-says/

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-uks-top-brexit-official-has-quit-his-job-after-just-one-year-2017-9

    Clearly the momentous support for Craig Murray must continue and I believe we need to dig deep to support intention and the love we hold for future generations.

  • Eric Blair

    Excellent piece. The cynical and self-serving hijacking of “misogynist” (and “racist”) by the establishment and its media has had a very detrimental effect on Western society. It re-frames valid opposition to the status quo as something only indulged in by abusive bigots.

    This tactic very effectively silences “mainstream” or conformist people who are afraid they will be lumped in with misogynists and racists if they speak out, and it trivializes the abusive actions of actual misogynists and racists. It also co-opts groups that organize and fight against bigotry who think establishment politicians are finally on their side and drives a wedge between likeminded people who, instead of cooperating, are now arguing amongst themselves.

    Divide and rule, in other words. But this will not work in the long-term when people realize they have been had by a bunch of scoundrels who care only about their own status and access to power.

  • Sharp Ears

    This is Kuenssberg’s entry on the HoC register of journaiists’ interests.

    Laura Kuenssberg
    BBC
    Journalism for The House Magazine. Speaking/ Chairing events for Ceridian (HR software), JP Morgan (finance) and Ernst and Young (professional services) (registered November 2016). Writing fee for The Telegraph (registered November 2016). Speaking for Credit Suisse and Ernst and Young (registered July 2017).
    https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmjournl/journalists.htm

    Look at Andrew Neil’s!! Yards of it.
    H/T TLN
    Entry for Tim Shipman ex Heil now S Times
    ‘Commentator for Sky News, BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics, Radio 5 Live, LBC and Talk Radio. Paper Reviewer for BBC News Channel. Author of two books for HarperCollins. Freelance journalism for The Spectator and the New Statesman. Under contract to Kirby Jones, a speaker agency, for public speaking. Fees received from the following for speaking engagements, most arranged via Kirby Jones: Artemis Asset management, Association of British Insurers, Axon Moore, Bain & Co, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, British Bookmaker’s Association, Housing 2017, Independent Schools Bursar’s Association, the Legatum Institute, Oakhill Communications, Owen James Group, Policy Connect, Portland Communications, the Publishers Association, Westminster Policy Institute.’

    Nice work.

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