Physician, heal thyself

Yesterday (13th July) in the House of Commons there occurred an event for which all politicians should hang their heads in shame – and of which the Hansard report can be read here.

It was an aberration of all that for which the House of Commons and politicians supposedly stand. What was presented to the public was the unedifying sight of politician after politician pontificating on principles that they are only too keen to “cherry-pick” as and when it suits them.

The media does not escape criticism either because of the manner in which that event was reported.

Politicians queued to vilify what was termed frankly disgraceful accusations of widespread law breaking by sections of the media, alleged corruption by some police officers and the failure of a political system, the latter in which they have played an active part.

We witnessed Gordon Brown making a rare appearance, only his second it is believed since May 2010, in a legislative chamber to which he was elected to attend in order that he might represent his constituents. When he appeared it was not to voice the concerns of his constituents, but to rant about his own perceived ill-treatment by some sections of the media. He said that in their behaviour towards those without a voice of their own, News International had descended from the gutter to the sewer and that the tragedy is that they let the rats out of the sewer.

Prior to Brown we were informed by Ed Miliband that Rupert Murdoch had been forced to bend to the will of Parliament; that today Parliament had shown an ability to speak without fear or favour; that the House and Members of all parties had given voice to the people and that the country wanted its voice to be heard. He also said that the will of the public was clear and that now Britain’s most powerful media owner had to bend to that will.

Not to be left out of this orgy of criticism Sir George Young then informed us that Parliament could not only reflect the public’s mood but be a champion for its causes. He maintained that as with the expenses scandal, the right approach was to a reach a political agreement on the right way forward and that he feels that we are fortunate to have a House of Commons that is independent of Government.

What I find unedifying – and I feel sure that I am not alone – is the sight of politicians applying principles as and when it suits them. Did not MPs descend from the gutter to the sewer when attempts were made by them to stop the publication of their expense details?­­­­ Why has Parliament not given voice to the people on the question of this nation’s membership of the European Union, especially when it is obvious that that is what the people want?

If media owners have to bend to the will of Parliament and thus the people, should not Parliament bend to the will of the people? If, as we are continually informed, no-one is above the law, just who are these politicians who consider themselves above the people whose elected servants they are? It is important, for the avoidance of doubt, to stress the word servants! The passion that these self-opinionated, so-called, politicians have exhibited, supposedly to echo the disgust felt by the people, ranks as the height of hypocrisy.

To now turn to the subject of our media, Steven Glover writing in the Mail questions why the media as a whole should be led into the dock at the expense of the few rogue elements within. We have a leader in the Daily Telegraph with the heading “Politicians are playing an unedifying game”, a statement that is undoubtedly true.

However, whilst making the case that it was investigative journalism by the Guardian that exposed the present scandal and that it was politicians who were in thrall to News International, it is a pity the newspaper does not also admit that journalists were also in thrall of the politicians – the latter omission showing yet another example of hypocrisy. As I have maintained previously it has been impossible to distinguish in whose pocket was who, where the relationship of politician and journalist was – and still is – concerned.

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20 comments for “Physician, heal thyself

  1. July 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I’ve been gunning for Brooks over at my place and shall continue to do so until that guttersnipe is jailed and that smile wiped off her face. It’s the smile I’d mainly like to see disappear – jail is just one way to do it. Witterings wrote:

    What I find unedifying – and I feel sure that I am not alone – is the sight of politicians applying principles as and when it suits them.

    That is also sickening and hopefully it will sink into people’s brains in the UK that the whole lot of them should be sacked and the culpable jailed. Extremist? Moi?

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Personally James, I would like to see the same treatment applied to both journalists and politicians as it is obvious they got into bed with each other. They thus became dependant on each other and we complicit in ‘fixing’ the news with each other, thus deciding what the public should and should not know.

      • ArtCo
        July 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        “I would like to see the same treatment applied to both journalists and politicians as it is obvious they got into bed with each other”
        I hope you are also including the BBC autocue readers (I hesitate to call them journalists/reporters) here Mr Wittering.
        Surely these people who have dinner with ex PM’s should be exposed for what they are.

        • WitteringWitney
          July 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          The BBC are probably the biggest culprits, being a left-wing biased news organisation – which is why I don’t pay any licence fee!

  2. July 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

    There is a large dollop of hypocrisy involved, but for once, I’m on the side of the politicians.

    For too long, Murdoch was the playground bully and the little boys (the pol’s) were falling over themselves to be his best friend. Finally, they have realised that they can gang up on him and get rid of him.

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Sorry Mark, but on this I have to disagree with you for reasons explained in my response to James Higham. When you have a journalist admitting that she knew of instances where journalists were telephoning MPs and ‘taking dictation’, then as far as I am concerned it demonstrates that every accusation I have made becomes indefensible.

      I also believe it obvious that with so much cut’npaste journalism, it is also obvious journalists did not wish to offend their sources by criticising and politicians thus controlled what journalists wrote.

  3. Geo
    July 15, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Amoral and self-serving politicians sticking it to an amoral and self-serving media. With luck the fight will get really down and dirty and we can be free from the lot of them.

    • Lord T
      July 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Sadly it won’t make much difference to us. All that will happen is that politicians and celebs will be able to hide themselves and the MSM will have to spend more time destroying ordinary peoples lives.

      On the plus side we can still get our news on the blogs or in the foreign media.

  4. WitteringWitney
    July 15, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Exactly Geo, succinctly and well put!

  5. Sue
    July 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

    It was and still is, a symbiotic relationship. The relationship between the MSM and politicians is built on lies, corruption and blackmail.

    The only people damaged here are the public. At the end of the day, we all know we can’t trust either of them.

    It’s about time Journalists did their job and reported the truth, then we could all hold the government to account.

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Could not agree more with your last paragraph, Sue!

  6. LJH
    July 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The prime journalistic virtue of scepticism has been replaced by the rush to opinion before establishing bulletproof facts, too many bylines dished out to those still wet behind the ears, too much unacknowledged reprocessing of biassed press releases, too much brownnosing of the rich and famous. The classic hack took pride in being a breed apart, now they themselves aspire to celebrity.

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I can only repeat my remarks to Sue, LJH – Agree entirely!

  7. Jeremy Poynton
    July 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

    What worries me more than anything is that the baby (press freedom) will be thrown out with the bathwater. Given the depths of corruption we now know – thanks to a free press – than many MPs sank to, it is now wonder that the House has turned on NI as a handy representative of the MSM to clobber. Labour worst of all, given their long standing obeisance to Murdoch, and the same with the shyster Maxell, who, one can only assume, taught Brown that it is OK to steal people’s pensions.

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      If the politicians get what they seem to want – ie regulation – then we can forget a free press. There are numerous ‘what ifs’ in this NI saga and one question that has not been aired is if the Murdochs don’t dispose of their media interests in the UK then just which party will they support come the next GE? Rest assured if they are still here there will be scores to settle!

  8. July 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

    When we were trying to get the new Veritas party up and running, I was told we would get nowhere as Trevor Kavanagh did not like Kilroy.

    My informant was correct, after the launch we received practically zero MSM coverage. That is the main problem right there, for the entire print press followed Murdoch’s lead.

    In attending a meeting with the BBC to discuss Party Political Broadcasts, at which all the other broadcasting, national and local, media were in attendance, I was informed we would not be entiled to PPBs as we had no electoral track record. I queried whether that would apply even if we had a candidate in every constituency, and without protest from any of the other broadcasters, was informed by the BBC chair, that such would indeed be the case.

    There you have the diseased heart of Britain’s media. The Sun in print, the BBC for broadcasting (supported in that role by their presumed competitors) – all kept just as it is by a corrupted Parliament mostly in hock to EU handouts, merely re-routed from powerless and voteless taxpayers who will soon be paying for their local councils EU fines through so-called localism!

    So where is the “free press” of which Jeremy Poynton speaks? Only on blogs such as these IMHO!

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      what can I say IT other than at the moment they have us stitched up better than a kipper!

  9. July 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Did not MPs descend from the gutter to the sewer when attempts were made by them to stop the publication of their expense details?

    To be fair, no, they didn’t descend to the sewer. We just didn’t realise so many of them were already in it.

    • WitteringWitney
      July 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      AE: I was attempting to be polite in the wording I used…….!

      • July 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        Sorry. It’s so unusual that someone feels the need to be polite about them it’s sometimes tricky to spot 😆

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