Excuse my language, I feel able to get away with it because I'm quoting the great Irish writer James Joyce when he had one of the characters in his famous novel "Ulysses" describe the fictitious newspaper where he worked as "The Arse Wipers Weekly" The phrase comes in to my head every time I hear the name Murdoch. I confess that Rupert Murdoch has been a personal thorn in my side ever since I first heard of him and read what passes for journalism in his papers. You see I made a promise to myself a long long time ago to make every effort never to hate anyone, hence the Murdoch thorn in my side.
The Murdoch Empire the Metropolitan Police and the Government are looking more and more like a sack of rats which have been poked by a stick as each day passes, is Capitalism an abomination or what; does it hold the moral high ground over other political systems; has it not become more difficult to claim that? These shysters are the people who have most vociferously attacked Socialism over the years, what can they say now? We live in times where tens of thousands of people are losing their jobs and their homes and our society is being shown as venal and dishonourable. Driven by a rich and greedy group of rich twisters backed to the hilt by an all powerful Press dictator who is power mad and immoral, how did we get here?
Chances have come and gone for one reason or another. We missed the boat when we watched the French Revolution when we should have been joining in, likewise the Russian Revolution, but opportunities will come again just like this one, why? Because capitalism cannot work, it creates far more losers than it ever could winners and that won't change; not until we make it change and make it change we must.
I have long argued within the Labour Party that we should not try to get along with people like Murdoch. Whatever he and his mob might say or do including backing Labour they are not our friends and no matter what we may say or do they will stab us in the back when it suits them, better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Circumstances have now presented the left with an unprecedented advantage over the people who see themselves as our natural rulers, A financial Tsunami; and now a collapse in the Capitalist Press's credibility must surely give us the incentive to keep going until we have cleaned these crooks and thugs out of Government, Police and Media. Time to show solidarity with what we consider to be justice honesty and decency. Socialism is a good idea, look around you; do you want to carry on like this forever?
Do people really want to have their lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones influenced by the kind of brutes who celebrated when an Argentine ship was sunk with hundreds of lives lost with the Murdoch headline "Gotcha" is that who we are? Thatcher wanted to prevent the Argentinean dead being prayed for at the post war ceremony at Westminster Abbey until the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie threatened to refuse to officiate at the service, is that who we are? It is the most delicious of ironies that Archbishop Runcie is a holder of the Military Cross for his distinguished bravery in Normandy as a tank commander in World War 11.
I'll tell you who we really are though and Murdoch won't like it, we are the British Sailors who served on HMS Fearless in the Falklands who tore up copies of the SUN and threw them into the sea when they read the Headline 'Gotcha' that's who we are and we will never be Murdoch's kind. When Murdoch ran the headline "bonkers Bruno locked up" when the popular boxer Frank Bruno had a mental breakdown he (Murdoch) was saying quite clearly that that is exactly the kind of people we are, well, are we?
Let's try to make this a fresh start, when we get rid of Murdoch and the rest of the crooks and low lifers who hang on to him as well as cleaning out the Metropolitan Police and their friends in high places we must all be vigilant and make sure that the penny has at last dropped and say in that great Socialist word, 'collectively' we will not let this happen again.
That's the spirit, Councillor, join Polly 'Parrot' Toynbee in her great crusade to close down any newspaper with which you disagree. After all, it's the usual socialist way of dealing with dissent. Who's next? The Mail or the Telegraph?
By David Duff on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 19:06
I watched a programme last night where a guy was saying that stories in Murdoch papers had led to the suicides of several innocent people. The hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone caused her distraught parents and other loved ones to build false hopes that she was still alive, victims of the London Bombings were allegedly hacked as well, likewise loved ones of dead soldiers and possibly victims of 9/11 some strange friends you have but no surprise really.
This is the stinking Capitalist world that you joyfully slither around in, you deserve each other. Why don’t you give us another well balanced attack on evil societies like Russia and Cuba, that’ll make you feel better.
Pious, self gratifying crap.
Blair, Brown, all slithered up to Murdoch as long as they backed Labour. You must be very lonely.
I am sure dying on your feet is what soldiers do went sent to war by crooked Labour MP'sripping off expenses, like sheridan, not washed up wee councillors who don't miss a meal.
"evil societies like Russia and Cuba"
Are you implying that those societies were not evil?
(Hint: do try and engage the brain before answering!)
By Anonymous on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... on 19/07/11
I think you will find if you are really serious that Cameron and of course (the wee spiv) Salmond were close friends of Murdoch as well. I wasn’t referring to soldiers when I said dying on your feet, soldiers do what they are told they don’t have a choice. And of course it was only Labour MP’s who ripped off expenses, you are a joke.
By David Duff on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 09:09
People like the Murdochs, Coulson and Brooks tell us that societies like Russia and Cuba are evil so you are in good company right? "if you lie down with dogs" etc. you must be covered in fleas.
Talking about lying down with dogs and catching fleas, Councillor, it wasn't a Tory PM who had Rebekah to Chequers for a pyjama party, neither was it a Tory wife who organised the lady's 40th birthday party and it wasn't a Tory PM who flew half way round the world for an audience with Rupert.
Both major parties rolled over for a kind word from Murdoch and now things have gone pear shaped, they cannot distance themselves fast enough. Pass the sick bag and break out the air freshener, Councillor
By Byeck on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 12:50
Murdoch’s tentacles went a lot further than the two main parties only an idiot would think differently. As someone who has hated everything he ever stood for I am just delighted to see him and the others around him in so much trouble, I hope lots of them go to jail; our society can only improve by getting rid of these people and Capitalism with them.
Oh Dear Terry Labour party press spokesperson tom Baldwin (ex-murdoch employee) issues memo saying lay off Murdoch?
anyway, caught a glimpse of (see you in 4 years) Sheridan trying to string words together to form a sentence, cringe worthy. Anyone got a spare typewriter? we may get something in about 10 years.
By Anonymous on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 13:38
It’s becoming really interesting finding out the surprising number of friends Murdoch has got, all anonymous of course.
Councillor, I'm missing something here. You talk about 'the number of friends Murdoch has,' referring to the comments on your blog.
Having re-read them,I cannot find one comment in support of News International, or Murdoch, so how do you conclude we're all friends of his?
You're spinning the verite again, aren't you?
Sorry, Councillor, only 'E' for Effort - again! Now, have another try and see if you can manage an answer to a simple question:
"Are you implying that those societies [Russia and Cuba]were not evil?"
I can only assume your hatred for capitalism meant that you paid cash for your house. never had a loan or indeed use banks.
i would also assume you voted against the 35 years of capitalist debt for our schools PFI's which sees our schools owned by american venture capitalists and bankers.
Usual Tooting Popular Front socialist.
Murdoch is old enough to remember US Pres. Harry Truman who had a plaque on his desk saying "The Buck Stops Here" not for Murdoch though, he's blaming anyone he can remember.
Of course watching a bunch of politicians point the finger at any one is " the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable" as you are want to say Terry.
Arthur Kelly Chicago/Craigneuk
By Byeck on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 14:44
You know that old saying “if it looks like a rat and smells like a rat and sounds like a rat it is usually a rat” It’s not rocket science. I write an article condemning Murdoch and you respond by condemning Labour, that’s not difficult to work out, is it?
By David Duff on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 14:52
I get the impression that you consider Russia and Cuba to be evil societies, it's just feeling I have. How do you reconcile the fact then that you owe your existence and the existence of this country to the Russians, were we saved from fascism and the Nazis by an “Evil Society” you are an ungrateful wretch, I get the impression that you supported the losing side in the War. .
By Anonymous on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 15:05
I get a lot of stupid posts but this is spectacularly stupid, so well done it can’t be easy being this stupid.
I don’t apologise for being a Capitalist if that’s what you want to call me and I don’t apologise for owning a house and having savings etc. What seems to be the difference between me and people like you is that I want everyone to enjoy the same benefits, good health care, education, food, shelter, employment etc. etc. and I believe that there is more than enough wealth on this planet to provide that for all. Some people; you sound like one of them prefer the rat race and would rather live a life of greed and selfishness.
Councillor dear, where, in my piece do I condemn Labour? What I did was point out that both major parties begged for crumbs from Murdochs table and the clear implication of my post was that both were as bad as each other.
Well, I imagined that's how normal minds would read it... forgot I was dealing with the very lovely, but vastly overexcited, Kelly
Byeck said... Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:27:00 PM
“both were as bad as each other”
I take that to mean Labour were as bad as the Tories and that son is an attack on Labour, you should put this down to experience and be thankful I’m not charging to educate you.
Arthur Kelly Chicago/Craigneuk
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 4:53:00 PM.
Arthur - Welcome from the windy city, where the Haymarket Riots bequeathed us "Mayday" They aint all bad look -
MLK, Rosa Parks, Robert Kennedy, Eugene Debs, Sargent Shriver (remember) Eugene McCarthy, Gandhi,Mandela,Keir Hardy,Nye Bevin,Lenin,Rosa Luxemburg etc. OK OK there might be a wee bit of favouritism there but you get the drift. Chicago needs you stand for election big fellah.
"I get the impression that you consider Russia and Cuba to be evil societies, it's just feeling I have."
Well done, Councillor, very astute of you and if anyone hints or suggests that you are, shall we say, a sandwich short of a picnic, they will have me to deal with as I leap to your defence.
Of course, the reason I suggest that Russia was an evil society might have something to do with all those dead bodies, you know, millions of them, no, tens of millions of them, like, the population of bonny Scotland multiplied several times over, men, women, children, starved, shot, exterminated - enough of them to make Hitler look like a mere beginner.
In view of my praise for your acumen, Councillor, I will assume your remarks to the effect that Russia saved us in WWII are some sort of post-modernist Jock joke! The only reason Russia was in the war at all was that, like America, Hitler declared war on them! Had he not done so Stalin would have watched the destruction of Britain with genial satisfaction.
By David Duff on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 08:57
The Murdoch scandal (which you ignore) serves to inform us that we have more than enough ‘evil’ going on in our society without pointing the finger at anyone. I have already commented on Russia and the war and I will say it again, you are an ungrateful wretch.
“if it looks like a rat and smells like.....it is usually a rat” at least get your rip off quips from a reliable source. it was cheech and chong who were talking about dog shit.
anyway you admit to be being a capitalist which is a start, any other confessions such as never buying a single murdoch owned product in your life? or eating an Israeli orange? No?
Fake, bluster a hypocrite with a typewriter and che guevara t-shirt.
By Anonymous on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 15:45
“you admit to be being a capitalist”
I never knowingly buy anything connected with Israel or Murdoch, just as I did with millions of others during apartheid but; I don’t actually know everything that Murdoch and Israel sell so I may well have bought something, and I have never worn a Che Guevara anything and you, are getting pretty desperate.
Councillor, hate to rain on your News International diatribe, but, in a doubtless vain effort to appeal to your sense of fair play, I read that last year, the Mirror group had 1600 reported blagging offences vs 400 for News International. Rupert was clearly outblagged by your favourite paper.
To the guillotine with both groups, says I... would you agree?
By Byeck on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... on 21/07/
This clearly proves that you have been right all along, the highest institutions of power in this country, the Metropolitan Police, the Civil Service and the Government etc. are all in the grip of a vicious left wing cabal consisting of Communists, Anarchists and Trotskyists. Someone should strike you a medal.
Kelly @ 9.55
Bang on the money as usual, Councillor, but I'm still unclear where you stand on my main point... 'To the guillotine with all those involved'... do you agree or disagree?
By Byeck on FOR MURDOCH, CAMERON AND THE MET. "OH WHAT A TANGL... at 12:29
Read my comment again and use your imagination.
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