Monday, 15 March 2010
In Safe Hands
The Guardian now seems to be pretty openly backing David Cameron. Or as much as they can without alienating the remnant of their readership. First this. It is sad, in a sense, that it was up to Peter Hitchens to point out that reporting opinion polls is not neutral. The way that they are spinning the closing gap is a sign that they want people to vote Tory.
Then this. George Osborne has authored a column with 'leading US economist Jeffrey Sachs'.
Yes, that Jeffrey Sachs. The guy who oversaw the shock therapy in Russia. the guy who impoverished millions of Russians, created vast unemployment, saw Russian life expectancy collapse and infanticide increase vastly and turned Russia into an oligarchy with a plummeting GDP is a 'leading US economist', who is deigning to endorse the Tories' plans for the Brit economy.
Whilst an open society depends on freedom and expression of conflicting ideas, modern Britain has no real free media. Just numerous people who agree on practically everything. Gordon Brown did a lot to support the bankers and neo-cons, but he just simply isn't one of them. And they won't settle for anyone else. (Though I suppose, Gordy can have a chuckle at Guardian.co.uk for offering signed copies of Andrew 'Mr Nobody' Rawnsley's book of dubious gossip)
The excellent thriller writer Robert Harris wrote a book about a Prime Minister, based on Tony Blair, who turns out to be an American agent. Whilst I can't say what truth there could be in this, unless a Brit politician is so fanatically neo-liberal they could pass for an American spy, then they will not have any chance of election.