Peterloo update

I’d like to say a big thank you to Light a Carrot for looking after the blog and particularly for this beautifully eloquent post. Having been more out of touch than I had intended I’ve been reading back over what I missed while I was away, and boy was it an exciting read.

I have to say it came as no great surprise that Julian Glover has decided to leave his job as journalist and chief leader writer of the Guardian, and I wish him every success with his new venture as script writer for David Cameron – who is no doubt hoping Julian will help him to pick up those “lost liberals”.

It was however continually surprising that he was working for the Guardian. I say surprising as his career choices certainly would have indicated his heart lay elsewhere politically

Julian Glover is the Guardian’s chief leader writer since 2006. He launched the Guardian Unlimited Politics website ahead of the 2001 general election, before joining the paper’s news desk. He moved to report from Westminster in 2005. He worked with John Major on the former prime minister’s autobiography and at the Economist and on several BBC Radio documentaries.
http://www.ufollow.com/authors/julian.glover/

Of course now that he is gone does this mean we’ll be saddled with worse? Is that actually possible?

The feral beast: Glover digs in heels at Guardian

Sunday, 11 April 2010

News reaches me that Julian Glover, The Guardian’s token right-winger, is resisting writing leaders endorsing Labour in the election.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/the-feral-beast-glover-digs-in-heels-at-guardian-1941140.html

Don’t get me wrong I have no intentions of bashing Mr Glover. It is just so zeitgeisty, all this pretending to do the opposite of what you actually are doing. And yet.

It’s that feeling isn’t it – of making do as none of the choices you’re being given actually match what you want, and it’s that feeling of needing to do, something, that this gives rise to.

In short there is no other outlet in the established media that doesn’t already mouth the same Tory/Orange liberal Freidmanite agenda – and yet that same media outlet has been slowly flirting with the same New Labour/ Caring Conservative/Orange Liberalism. As an opinion it already has more than enough proponents, and it’s at the root of all the ills we face currently from the services being dismantled to the massive debt each one of us has hanging over us.

This is what’s behind the Peterloo Massacre avatars – a quick visual reminder of what people really want – a loud champion for democracy and our basic human rights to counter the backroom deals and debt slavery.

How to use these

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– got to your CiF profile click Edit Avatar (under your existing one)
– click on the browse button and in the area marked “Upload an avatar”
and navigate to the file you downloaded, select it and click “upload”

and that’s it – it won’t show up immediately but just be patient.

 

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Our Peterloo

This has been a while in the brewer so bear with me while I lay this out.

We are living in times of bizarre through-the-looking-glass twists, where everything means its opposite. Where right is left and left is right, up is down, good is bad.

Where huge financial behemoths are allowed to grab countries and turn them upside down and shake them till their pennies drop.

The political language of left and right has no meaning any more as all of our parties are simply a distraction, while backroom brokers carve up our world and lives, about which we have no say.

Which brings me to The Guardian. It has a long history – set up in the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre – a pro democracy, anti poverty rally that the establishment decided to silence with sabre wielding cavalry charges.

And here we are almost 200 years later facing encroachment of our democratic rights and facing indentured slavery while those that should be doing their utmost to protect our freedoms are standing idly by, and while the police are used to shield those that want our freedoms.

So here’s the thing – why is it the most incisive commentaries come not from the Guardian journalists and contributors but from those commenting on the omissions from the articles they write? Why is it politicians are given a soft ride at a time when we should be using any pressure we can to force them to face the issues for us, in a way that will benefit us, and not the self-interest groups that “donate” to them?

At what point does an article stop being an article and start being a commercial presentation?

At what point does a journalist stop being a journalist and simply become an astroturfer for his or her backer?

How many of the contrarians posting inflammatory comments are on the Guardian payroll?

Unfortunately the moderation policy doesn’t allow these issues to be discussed openly in CiF – the punishments varying from deletions through to total bans.

Is this the same Guardian? Perhaps it has just forgotten how far it has fallen.
Feel free to copy one of the graphics above and use it as your CiF avatar – it will cost you nothing, yet it is doing something – it is reminding the journalists to do their job.

How to use these

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– got to your CiF profile click Edit Avatar (under your existing one)
– click on the browse button and in the area marked “Upload an avatar”
and navigate to the file you downloaded, select it and click “upload”

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Politics on CiF

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Over the past few of days I’ve been involved with an interesting social experiment.

Whenever I get a break at my day job at the Ministry of Truth, I usually like to dally on the comment cartoon threads of the Guardian website.

On an average day it’s a bit like walking onto Cable Street during the riots, which makes for interesting reading as point and counter point get bounced off each other.

Anyway I forget how it started exactly, but for the past few days people have been volunteering their test scores from http://www.politicalcompass.org. The site has a novel idea of linking the traditional left/right political scale to a second libertarian/authoritarian axis, quite clearly illustrating for example

famous politicos rated

that Thatcher was more right-wing that Hitler but no so Authoritarian, while Stalin was only slightly to the left of Gandhi.

Here for example is the lurch to authoritarian right that followed the adoption of libertarian right economic policies in the UK:
rightwards ho!.

But I digress, the good denizens of said comment threads have been taking the test to find out where exactly their passions lie and it has been an interesting reaffirmation of the possibilities available only in this age of new media. While the image is cluttered, it’s being generated in real time, so on the plus side for now, it works at mapping the trend and is quite quick to update:

CiFers

Compare that to current international mainstream politics:
more politicos - but still alive!

In the interests of balance, given that the right-wing posters on the same threads seem to be reluctant in getting involved, I came up with an Evil Twins map:

evilness ho!

So don’t feel left out of all the fun – check out the instructions for getting on the CiF map.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with politicalcompass.org