A remarkably interesting article from Paul Dacre in the Guardian. It’s all the BBC’s fault. The Guardian is helping terrorists, abetted by John Humphrys and lots of people with mobile phones. Oh, and Ed Miliband cheated (“diddled”) his brother. Cheating – aka the machinations of the Labour party constitution and lots of awful “chatterati” who sign up to trade union membership.
If I might pick up on one element, Dacre says that “the fury and recrimination the (Ralph Miliband/hate Britain) story is provoking reveals again why those who rule us – and who should be held to account by newspapers – cannot be allowed to sit in judgment on the press.” That refers, presumably, to the one Royal Charter proposal left on the table. It defies all reason to describe that proposal as ‘politicians sitting in judgment on the press’. It sets up an independent verifier to check the propriety of the constitution of an independent, entirely post-publication, self-regulator or self-regulators. That’s the last time I’m going to bother to write that because it’s obviously now an engrained article of faith of the Murdoch/Mail cabal that it is ‘politicians sitting in judgment on the press’. Utter horse manure. What planet are they on?
I suppose the one comfort we can take from this Dacre missile is that The Mail is terrified of Auntie Beeb. Excellent.
Here’s a particularly beautiful piece from Dacre’s article, under which I am looking forward to viewing the torrent of comments being unstoppered at 9am BST today:
It is that the Mail constantly dares to stand up to the liberal-left consensus that dominates so many areas of British life and instead represents the views of the ordinary people who are our readers and who don’t have a voice in today’s political landscape and are too often ignored by today’s ruling elite.
The metropolitan classes, of course, despise our readers with their dreams (mostly unfulfilled) of a decent education and health service they can trust, their belief in the family, patriotism, self-reliance, and their over-riding suspicion of the state and the People Who Know Best.
These people mock our readers’ scepticism over the European Union and a human rights court that seems to care more about the criminal than the victim. They scoff at our readers who, while tolerant, fret that the country’s schools and hospitals can’t cope with mass immigration.
In other words, these people sneer at the decent working Britons – I’d argue they are the backbone of this country – they constantly profess to be concerned about.