Saturday, 22 March 2008

One way to oblivion?

I must admit that I don’t really like the Daily Mirror. If the Guardian can reasonably be thought of as the Voelkischer Beobachter of the New Labour project then the Mirror must be its Der Stuermer with the delightful Kevin Maguire amply filling the analogous shoes of Julius Streicher. Verbally if not literally horse whipping ‘toffs’ at every opportunity. Although as witnessed by his nasty vindictive commentary he would probably love to exercise the physical option if he were able to get away with it.

It’s almost a joy to behold the depths that the Mirror and Maguire will go to to denigrate David Cameron and the ‘evil’ Tories. Every opportunity to use (however tenuously) the Eton card is taken with alacrity in the hope that this will somehow reduce Cameron’s credibility with the wider electorate. There may be reasons to question DC’s credentials but his educational and personal backgrounds are frankly irrelevant when asking if he would make a better PM than the ‘Dark Lord’. I suspect that our Hamster (a particularly stupid example of the species) would make a better PM than Gordon.

Anyway the current story about the bike incident is the perfect example.

Yes DC shouldn’t have run red lights and gone down one way streets the wrong way. It was stupid. But probably no more stupid than the minor infractions we all commit from time to time.

I’m neither a cyclist nor a motorist so I have no particular axe to grind around the issues or road usage or etiquette.

But the one thing that stuck me though is the ferocity that this ‘story’ has been pursued with.

With global financial concerns and the massacre of Tibetans by the Chinese running as other significant stories at the same time it seems odd that a ‘serious newspaper’ would become quite so consumed with a minor traffic violation. Even if committed by an ‘enemy’.

And then it occurred to me that perhaps this is a good news story after all.

Because down in the recesses of the Dark Lord’s bunker they must be at the point of near hysterical panic about their political prospects if this is what the Mirror is running hard with.

And if that’s all they’ve got right now then maybe it’s not just Cameron whose figured out which one way they are probably heading in.


Jeremy Jacobs said...

Remember the three great evils:

1. Nationalism

2. Organised lying

3. Distraction

Anonymous said...

Kevin Maguire always brings to my mind that quote from Deep Impact... "I know you're only a reporter, but you used to be a person once, right?"

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Ah, the bike incident. I remember well.