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Adventures In The Land Of Make Believe

There’s a reason why I refer to the world in which we currently live as “the matrix” and it’s not because I believe that we’re all avatars living in some digital universe… well, some of us on social media may believe that, but they’re the kind of people who believe they have “natural immunity” to covid 19 without having ever contracted it . No. It’s because in this world, but more specifically, the United Kingdom, the media (mainstream of course) has created a world of illusions, which are crafted by daft journalists from incoherent narratives and endless opinion polls on “voting intentions”, all of which are intended to manipulate or deceive the public. The people who create these illusions, naturally, deny that’s their role.

On this morning’s edition of the weekly arse-kissing fest that’s the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Helen Lewis, who was reviewing the papers with someone from The S*n, inadvertently let the cat out of the bag by opining that the “sleaze” scandal currently engulfing the government had, apparently “run out of steam”. Lewis, formerly of the New Statesman and now employed by The Atlantic, then proceeded to tell Andy Marr about how her profession creates narratives. So, there it was, the truth, coughed up like some mental fur ball. Turn away from the telly for a moment and you’d have missed it.

The “sleaze” scandal will only “run its course” when the media decides they’ve had enough of running stories of political corruption and grift, and returns to bashing its favourite all-purpose bogeyman, Jeremy Corbyn, who is apparently responsible for all manner of evils plaguing contemporary Britain. Add to this, the endlessly recycled World War Two rhetoric, and you have a country in which many of its citizens are unable to separate reality from the fantastic narratives created by a media that wouldn’t know a true story from a fairy story. It’s a land of make believe in which people ride unicorns and warm themselves on the sunlit uplands created by Brexit enthusiasts, many of whom have stashed their wealth offshore and have secured a bolt hole far away from this shit hole country.

Alternatively, we can expect more stories about “migrant invasions” brought to us by the BBC’s Simon Racist atop the White Cliffs of Dover, to divert the public’s attention away from corrupt politicians, crumbling infrastructure and structural inequalities.

Welcome to the Land of Make Believe.

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The Crazy Upside Down World Of Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis is the deputy editor of the notionally left-wing journal The New Statesman.  Her views on Jeremy Corbyn are well known and she’s a regular on the BBC’s Sunday Politics.  Today, while Harriet Harman, Labour’s former interim leader appeared on the Andrew Marr Show, she issued this Tweet to her followers.

Come again? Harriet Harman did what?  Lewis has got this arse about face. Harman has stood up for the establishment, not “stood up against it” as she claims.  Indeed, she even ordered Labour MPs to vote for the government’s damaging Welfare Bill.  Weeks later, Harman changed her mind and told Southwark News that she’d “oppose it” – that’s after she ordered Labour MPs to vote for it.  And she’s thought of as leadership material?

In the last few weeks, the media has paraded a series of Orwellian neologisms like “post truth politics” before us.  Can we therefore regard Lewis’s Tweet as “post-reality”?  Let’s remember that Lewis herself comes from a privileged background and is, for all intents and purposes, like Harman, a member of the establishment.  So it’s unlikely that she possesses the ability to identify anti-establishmentarianism and is more likely to characterize it as something else.

Later on, and perhaps spurred on by the appearance of Harman,  Lewis went a little further and began banging the drum for Corbyn to quit.

So what was the reason for this?  Corbyn has ordered a three-line whip on the vote for Article 50, which triggers the Brexit process.  What hacks like Lewis and her colleagues in the anti-Corbyn media fail to understand (frankly odd for a political journalist) is that Article 50 is merely a Parliamentary mechanism.  The actual debate on the precise nature of Brexit takes place later.  Instead, the mass media has been misleading the public with the notion that Article 50 is the final stage in the process, thus they rely on the general public’s ignorance of Parliamentary procedures.  This is the same ignorance that was exploited during the referendum campaign itself.  It’s yet the latest stage in an ongoing attempt to remove Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, and the likes of Lewis won’t rest until they see someone picked by them in the role.  That, friends, is not only contempt for the democratic process that elected Corbyn, but it is also contempt for ordinary party members.

Fake news?  You’ll get loads of it from Lewis and her fellow hacks.

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