The Daily Mail vs humanity

Cardinal Walter Kasper’s comments that landing in Heathrow was like landing ‘in a third world country’ was clearly a complaint that Britain has far too many awful black people and foreigners. The comment seems rather strange, given that the defense wheeled out for the Catholic Church is always along the lines of: ‘Sure, they raped a lot of children and then covered it up for years and years and still haven’t done anything to curb the problem, but look at how they help poor people’. Now we have a aide of the Pope declaring that it’s awful that black people – from the third world – can now be found in large numbers in Britain. I’m not sure god – if he was real of course – would approve of this.

Not surprisingly these comments have gone down rather well with Mail readers and the Mail itself, both of whom have been pushing the narrative that you cannot be religious in Britain anymore and that we’re overrun with awful black people and heathens. Still, the Daily Mail and Catholic Church have much in common: both enjoy spreading misery, bullshit and misanthropy (with an emphasis on misogyny); as institutions they feel like kindred spirits.

One look at the Daily Mail frontpage today, along with a laughably hypocritical editorial defending the Catholic Church, just demonstrates how conservative and backward the Daily Mail is. I still suspect that Paul Dacre believes that the earth is flat, but a massive and hateful leftist conspiracy has convinced everyone that it’s actually round. We know that the Catholic Church systematically covered up the sexual abuse of children and that the current pope was a key figure in that cover up. He had the power to take action, he declined and only acted to ensure pedophiles were moved to fresh pastures and new victims. We also know that a senior aide is clearly racist, add this to rabid homophobia, a murderous policy on condoms and aids and you have numerous justifications for protest.

Indeed, you might even feel it is your duty as a compassion human being or even Christian to protest, to defend decency and humanity. But not as far as the Mail is concerned. If you dare protest against the systematic abuse of children you a merely being led by Stephen Fry on a ‘atheist hate campaign’. As for the racist comments made by the pope’s aide… they were only considered racist by heathens: ‘Cardinal Walter Kasper… was condemned as racist by secular protesters determined to disrupt the Papal trip’.

Actually, he was ‘condemned as racist’ because he clearly made racist remarks. He bemoaned a multi-cultural Britain because he didn’t like landing at the same airport as black people. Condemning him as racist is the reaction of a decent human being, it has nothing to do with the seperate disgust at the actions of both the pope and the Catholic church, or secularism.

The Mail’s pathetic attempt to claim that this is merely a ‘celebrity vendetta’ rather ignores the fact that intelligent people across the UK completely are frustrated that an organisation known to be harboring pedophiles has been given a red-carpet reception simply because they happen to believe in a giant sky fairy and that therefore the laws we have to abide by somehow don’t apply to them.

The language of the editorial reserves outrage and anger for the protesters, whilst the pope is blanketed in sickeningly understated language. Covering up the rape and abuse of children, is this unacceptable, sickening, outrageous? No, according to the Daily Mail it is merely:

‘Yes, the Pope has handled the pedophile scandal with lamentable insensitivity.’

‘Scandal’ equates the systematic cover up of the sexual abuse of children with Wayne Rooney allegedly sleeping with prostitutes. ‘Handled’ implies that the sexual abuse was not lamentable, rather the problem is that the pope has a ‘lamentable’ public relations team. ‘Insensitively’ is completely meaningless, no one wanted a ‘sensitive’ response to the rape of children, they simply wanted a response, not the complete refusal of adults in fancy costume to give up the perpetrators because the silly costumes they were wearing meant that they were actually above the law.

Stephen Fry has taken the time to laugh at just how mad the Daily Mail has become and points out a few of the most obviously stupid arguments employed by the Mail:

I can always be certain that I have done a good thing when out of all the descriptions they can choose, their leader writers select “quizmaster”. “What has this country come to,” they want to know, “when an egregious, self-satisfied quizmaster presumes to make moral pronouncements on a two thousand year old institution etc etc.”

As it happens I have spent many many more hours of my life as a writer and a journalist than as a “quizmaster”, yet, oddly enough, we don’t read the Mail coming up with: “What has this country come to when a journalist presumes to make moral pronouncements on a two thousand year old etc.?” Perhaps the Mail leader writer would be kind enough to explain to the world what qualifications are needed to allow one to express an opinion, or write a letter to a newspaper? What profession should one belong to and can we have a list of those which in fact disbar us from expressing one’s views?

And he continues:

The most laughable element of the Mail’s weird outburst today is the way that the paper wants its readers, whoever the poor darlings may be, to see agnosticism, atheism, humanism and secularism as ‘fashionable’ and ‘established’ and therefore to figure themselves as maverick outsiders storming the ramparts of the liberal establishment.Yeah, right.

Actually, that’s not true, the most laughable element is their outrage at the idea we signatories are not being very hospitable to a visitor from overseas. Let us think for a moment about the richness of that before we vomit with laughter. The Daily Mail if you please, wagging its finger about kindness to visitors from overseas and hospitality to foreigners in our midst.

Maybe funnier even than that is the happy circumstance that the daily giveaway on the front page today is a DVD by that proud atheist David Attenborough, who recently revealed the hate-mail and threats he has received over the years from those who do not believe in Darwinian science.

Some of the most intelligent, thoughtful and eloquent writers around have taken the time to write coherent, factual and polite requests for the Pope not to be given the privilege of a state visit and that the Catholic Church should face real questions about it’s lack of action over pedophilia and it’s damaging action over Aids and condoms. In response, the most mocked and laughable newspaper currently in publication responds with a series of twisted attacks in which the peaceful, rational and coherent speakers become the angry and unreasonable mob, being brainwashed and ‘led’ by Stephen Fry.

Whereas the Daily Mail, of course, would never dare tell it’s readers what to think and how to hate. No, the Daily Mail is the voice of the people, elected, sainted and approved. Anyone disagreeing with this voice is an enemy of the people (since the Daily Mail assumes its editorial line is at one with the people) and part of some liberal elite leftist conspiracy.

I’ll let Stephen wrap things up:

Because I have a theological turn of mind, the people I feel most sorry for, and always have, are those who work for the paper. I have never met a Mail journalist whose first words weren’t an apology. “We’re not all Paul Dacre types….” they mournfully beg us to believe. Well, leave before it’s too late! Just imagine that there really is a St Peter to greet you after death. Suppose he asks what you did with your life, your mind, your heart, your whole being and your immortal soul and that you have to reply you that wrote for the Daily Mail. Wow!

If I am “pompous”, “egregious and self-satisfied”, all failings of mine that especially upset the poor leader-writer, it is because I have the right to that Hated By The Daily Mail badge. More than a CBE or honorary degree it tells me, and forgive my lack of modesty, that I am decent, clean, kind, thoughtful and honourable.

I’ll just pause to say, how can I get one of these badges? Surely I’ve done enough to earn one? After all, Stephen Fry already has the luxurious comfort of not reading the horrible rag everyday.

Flicking through the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail gleefully reported the comments of Tony McGuirk – chief fire officer of Merseyside, salary: over £200,000 a year – accusing the public sector of being ‘Riddled with the bone idle’. Given that the Daily Mail pays columnists such as Richard Littlejohn nearly a million pounds a year for churning out 1 or 2 lazily written and rehashed columns a week it all seems a bit hypocritical.

Show me a public sector worker who earns anywhere near what Littlejohn does simply by flicking though the Daily Mail or his email inbox for source material before cobbling it together in a few minutes and I’ll concede that Tony McGuirk has a point.

Meanwhile Facebook gets yet another headline mention: ‘Facebook and internet “can re-wire your brain”‘. The article is based on the opinion of one expert who does not appear to mention Facebook at all and actually suggests that using computers for such a large percentage of our lives must have a neurological impact and should be studied. She makes it clear that what she is giving is merely an opinion and uses words like ‘may’ a lot and calls for research to be undertaken. Yet the Daily Mail is quite happy to slap another completely misleading headline at the top of it, along with the obligatory mention of Facebook.

Also in today’s Mail is a lot of detail on why acknowledging students with Special Educational Needs is a ‘con’ and a waste of ‘our’ money. This seems to me an odd assertion to make, given the carefully constructed media narrative that the tabloid press have created concerning the state of the nation’s youth. We are repeatedly told that here in ‘broken Britain’ the feral youth runs wild, unteachable, sex-obsessed and completely without any morals or ambition to achieve.

Yet, when this media narrative seems to be somewhat reflected in the education sector – the increasing need for social workers to have a function within schools, the need for classroom assistants to closely aid certain pupils and many more holistic support services designed to include those pupils who struggle to otherwise engage with mainstream education, then we are told that it is all a big con.

Suddenly the young people entering education are fine and instead it is ‘bad’ teachers that are merely labelling students as SEN because they cannot teach properly. Having worked fairly extensively in education I’m becoming increasingly frustrated on the expectations placed upon teachers. Teaching should primarily be about passing on a subject specialist knowledge as specified by the relevant curriculum. This is to be achieved with the necessary classroom management skills, as well as the ability to build a good rapport with individual students to give them the chance and inspiration to succeed.

At what point did it become acceptable to expect teachers to fulfill their job role with students who have absolutely no respect for teachers, the school or anyone in any position of authority? I’m getting pretty sick of the whole mantra that ‘a good teacher can teach anyone’. You try it, I dare you. Go into an inner city school and get called a ‘cunt’ frequently by 12 year olds who then inform you: ‘what are you going to do about it, if you touch me I’ll get you sacked’.

Teaching is a unique industry in that people expect any old shit poured into the system to come out a well-balanced, well educated person. We don’t give chefs piles of rotten manure and expect them to turn it into something tasty, we don’t give house-builders a pile of rotten wood and expect them to turn it into a mansion. But we do expect teachers to turn any student – no matter how abused, socially, emotionally and educationally stunted they might be – into a citizen capable of a productive working life.

Well, teachers cannot perform miracles anymore than a chef or housebuilder. We all work with the raw materials we are given. Certainly, a good chef, builder or teacher can get more out of the raw materials than a bad one, but this is no longer about maximising potential, rather it has become about educating those not capable of integrating into mainstream education. If you dare attempt to bring in the staff and expertise to help such students survive – let alone prosper – in mainstream education the Daily Mail will run lots of stories about how you’re wasting the taxpayer’s money on a big con.

There seems to be something very wrong in the world when we shoulder teachers – who let’s not forget have to spend four years in University to earn a starting wage of around £21,000 a year – with the responsibility of not just stretching the brightest pupils, but also lifting up pupils whose home life has left them emotional wrecks without the ability to participate in the educational process. That the Daily Mail decides it is a important piece of journalism to savagely attack schools who try to bring in the right support – counsellors, Classroom Assistants (who earn a fraction of what they deserve for the difficult work they do) and relevant social services – for earning ‘in excess of £20,000’ when the Daily Mail is staffed by overpaid hypocrites who don’t understand a single thing about having a real job, is beyond tasteless.

We’re told all the time about how public sector staff wouldn’t last a minute in the ‘real world’ of private sector work, well, how about we turn this around: how many public sector employers would employ the dishonest, lazy, uneducated ‘journalists’ that fill tabloid newspapers each day with bile and bullshit in equal measure. Every single teacher I know could sit at a desk bending statistics until they proved that the whole world was being taken over by burka-clad Muslims, or write a few sentences on how a celebrity was looking good / fat / thin / old / young. Let’s face it, the majority of work a journalist does these days is copy and pasting from another news website or a press agency, or a press release. Their worst work can happily be hidden behind the ‘Daily Mail Reporter’, so they don’t even have to acknowledge what a soul-destroying existence they have working for a tabloid editor.

If anyone reading this has the power to create a TV documentary that could put some Daily Mail journalists – or even better, some of their moralising ‘we know best’ columnists – undercover into a tough secondary school for a short spell of teaching practice, then please make this happen.

The Daily Mail: racist and utterly dishonest

On Saturday I wrote a post about how the Daily Mail like to accompany articles on immigration with faceless pictures of Muslim women, even when the article made it clear that most of the immigrants were white Europeans from Eastern Europe. The photo was accompanied by the following caption:

Tough stance: Earlier this week, ministers promised to tighten every aspect of immigration into Britain from outside the EU as net migration figures continue to soar

Which clearly suggests that the women pictured were living and therefore photographed in Britain. Yet look here, just 3 days later the same photo is being used by the Daily Mail to accompany this story: ‘France’s Senate backs National Assembly and bans women from wearing the burka in public‘:

Only this time the caption has changed to:

Forbidden: Two Muslim women in burkas in Douai, northern France. The country’s upper house has ratified the ban on women from wearing full veils in public with effect from next spring

So, these women clearly were never in Britain, they were pictured in Douai, northern France, yet the Daily Mail happily used the photo to imply that the Muslim women pictured were evidence of the  ‘soaring’ levels of Muslim immigrants into Britain  (looking back at the original photo it is clear that is attributed to the EPA [European PressPhoto Association] so it makes sense that the photo was never taken in Britain).

What is clear is that once again the Daily Mail coverage of immigration was fundamentally racist and dishonest – not just for blaming Muslims for the immigration levels of predominantly white, Eastern Europeans – but also for deceiving their readers with photos taken in a completely different country as ‘evidence’.

Top quality science journalism from the Daily Mail

The Mediablog has a theory that the Daily Mail website is becoming more purposefully offensive in order to attract more visits. They suggested that after the 21% rise in website traffic after Jan Moir’s Stephen Gately article the Daily Mail realised that a visitor is a visitor, no matter whether they despise your output or not. It’s the sort of theory that seems convincing given the ludicrous way the Mail website reports straightforward stories, as if they’re playing up to their reputation for being a big joke. Someone, somewhere in the Mail website team is checking headlines and making sure they are stupid enough to attract Internet users to post links along the lines of ‘WTF?! have you seen this on the Mail website?’.

And look, this article on ‘pressure-sensitive electronic skin which could one day be used to restore touch to patients who have prosthetic limbs’ has me biting just like they want with the way it is reported: ‘Age of Terminators comes a step closer as scientists invent ‘e-skin’ that could give robots a sense of touch‘. To add weight to my theory the original headline (shown in the URL) was actually reporting the news: Scientists-invent-e-skin-sense-touch-patients-artificial-limbs.html; but then someone realised that a sensible headline just would not do and changed it.

As if the headline wasn’t stupid enough they follow it up with the following picture and caption:

Just like the Terminator

The article seems to be trying to shoe-horn in as many film references as possible – along with a pretty awful spelling mistake:

More sinister, however, is the prospect of the invention lending robots the ability to adapt the amount of roce needed to hold and manipulate objects.

The nanowires are incredibly thin structures, more than 10,000 times thinner than a single human hair.

They open up the possibility for a robot to be able to hold an egg by judging how delicate it is.

But in true Terminator style, robots would for once know their own strength – which the hero of those movies, John Connor, would presumably see as bad news.

But the worst thing of all, the thing that is truly appalling and utterly baffling: people buy this shit everyday. People actually think that the Daily Mail is a newspaper.

It’s always the Muslims, even when it clearly isn’t

Another story in immigration in the Daily Mail today claiming that Britain is attracting more immigrants than other European countries: ‘How Britain attracts more migrants than France AND Germany‘. In the article the Daily Mail points out that:

Germany, which no longer accepts unskilled migrants and which declined to accept Eastern European workers when Poland and other countries joined the EU, had negative net migration.

The Daily Mail knows that the vast majority of immigrants in the UK are from within the EU and that the population of Poles has leaped dramatically. They also acknowledge that Germany has negative net migration largely because it has not accepted ‘Eastern European workers’. So, naturally the illustrate the story with two women in Burkas:

Along with the caption:

Tough stance: Earlier this week, ministers promised to tighten every aspect of immigration into Britain from outside the EU as net migration figures continue to soar

A caption which fails to acknowledge that migration from outside the EU is not responsible for ‘soaring’ figures and will not be helped by further tightening of already draconian measures for those wanting to come to the UK from outside the EU. As people point out in the comments, why show a misleading picture of women in Burkas?

Not at all relevant

I also have to question what possible reason is there for those asking this question to be voted down? It’s a good example at why the right can never have a serious discussion about immigration, because they cannot resist bringing race into it, even when it is clearly completely misleading and irrelevant.

Wishing for just a little bit of context

Occasionally a story comes along and the shoddy and dishonest way it is reported really makes me realise why I spend time writing this blog. This isn’t the case of a ‘few bad apples’ but a universal, consistent and poisonous misrepresentation of reality. Spotting the obvious lies is easy, but when a story lingers on in your mind and you dig a little further you realise that a lot more misinformation was contained within it and that different newspapers told different versions; the only thing the tabloids have is that they misrepresent the truth but they do so in many ways.

The story I’m referring to is the news that Rhondda Cynon Taff ‘wastefully’ spent £190,000 on a bridge for Dormice as covered by Richard Littlejohn. At the time I pointed out a number of issues that I had with Littlejohn’s article, mainly his shoddy use of language which actually served to completely negate the point he was trying to make. One thing I didn’t have time to look into was his claim that:

The number of dormice affected by the new bypass is said to be around 60 – which works out at over £3,000 each

Now, the evidence over the years – repeated mistakes, relying on emails from readers as the only base for his columns – suggests that Richard never does any research, so how did he find out this figure? I searched for a while and couldn’t dig the information up, nor could I find the original environmental impact reports on the council website or on the contractors website. However, Richard does read the Mail (it is his only form of research) which does contain the number ’60’ in its report:

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council also defended the move and said: “Three bridges has been erected for dormice to safely move from one area to the other while new ponds have been dug for the relocation of newts and other amphibians.

“We put up the dormouse brides, along with 60 dormouse boxes, to help get them from one side of the road to the other.”

This is the only reference to Richard’s claim of 60 Dormice I can find and as you can see, it refers to the number of boxes put up in trees to encourage Dormice to use the bridges, it has no relation to the number of dormice in the area. This means Richard has either misunderstood what the 60 boxes meant, or he wilfully lied. Either way, shoddy journalism – also note the sly way he phrases is: ‘The number of dormice affected by the new bypass is said to be around 60’ – clearly he is implying that someone has actually said this number, whereas in reality the only person who has suggested any figure whatsoever is him, and we know he is either blatantly inventing the figure or he has misunderstood a  simple concept because he is so bloody thick.

My final point on Littlejohn’s inane drivel is his insistance that all the council needed to have done was stretch a length of string over the road and be done with it. Well, as the Countryside Council for Wales [CCW] makes clear:

The CCW spokesman said: “Dormice are threatened, hence the highest level of protection afforded to them via the EU Habitats Directive and the special treatment required in this instance. There is a legal requirement – it’s not optional – to provide appropriate mitigation. The EU legislation places on the council an obligation to protect the dormice and RCT are to be commended for their actions in fulfilling their obligations.

The key phrase is ‘provide appropriate mitigation’. If the council constructed Littlejohn’s two poles and a piece of string it would probably have ended up with expensive legal problems and the refusal of allowing the construction to go ahead. Considering the scale of the project £190,000 or around 0.2% of the overall budget seems like pretty good value for money to deal with providing ‘appropriate mitigation’ for wildlife. Furthermore, as far as I can make out the £190,000 also covers the creation of habitat for newts (a series of ponds), grass snakes and rare butterflies, all of which were carefully caught and relocated prior to trees being removed and the earth bulldozed. So again, not a huge expense in the great scheme of things and the end product is a pleasant road to drive down that you can see has lots of works either side to accomodate wildlife that actually add value to the landscape (the road is my commute to work).

It isn’t that this is the worst thing that Littlejohn has written – it isn’t even close – but it’s just the whole shoddy laziness of it all, the cliches being wheeled out for an audience who just want to piss and moan about stuff because they cannot put things into context. Accusing a council of being ‘wasteful’  – as pretty much every tabloid does, including the Daily Mail – is missing the point entirely: they had to spend this money in order to comply with the law and avoid European fines or other expensive legal action. This is ignoring the fact that a £90m project set aside just 0.2% of its budget for environmental concerns, it all gets lost as journalists scrabble around the £190,000 figure and contact the Taxpayers Alliance for a suitably outraged soundbite.

The Sun manages to get it even more wrong:

Environment chiefs in South Wales said the three walkways are designed to protect the area’s dormouse population.

They will allow the rodents to cross the £4.6million Church Village bypass between Pontypridd and Talbot Green.

As above, it is a £90m project so how do the Sun get it so wrong? Well, the writer – John Coles – when copying the story from another news source noticed that the bypass was 4.6 miles long and mistook this for costing £4.6m. Is this really what journalism has come to? One newspaper copying another in an attempt to conform to such a simplistic and utterly depressing outlook on the world?

My one hope is that if readers were just given a more balanced account of the story perhaps they’d  take away a more positive and uplifting message; that somehow, even though humanity seems pretty intent on destroying the world and itself, we do sometimes find the time to take care of our fellow inhabitants, no matter how small or insignificant they might seem to be.

Probably the most insane comment ever

I spend a lot of time flicking through spam comments and deleting them and I can tell it is spam 99% of the time because it is being posted on an old article. So, when a comment came through to my phone on an article I wrote a while back on Mike Buckingham and his rather Nazi-like musings on why England did badly in the world cup because of a lack of racial purity I assumed it was spam. I should be so lucky.

Instead the comment appears to be genuine. Albeit genuinely and utterly insane. Judge for yourselves, it was posted by a guy called Sean:

The multi-racialization of the English, German and Dutch football teams, among others, actually bears witness to the ongoing assault upon Western racial and cultural homogeny. People who have expended the great moral and intellectual effort needed to understand the true nature of the world in which we live know that the Conspiratorial View of History is correct. That nothing on this good Earth happens by accident, especially in politics and high finance. Moreover, who understand that Hidden Hands are guiding mankind rapidly towards an apocalyptic time that is verily the Climax of the historical process as we know it. Furthermore, these Proper Students of History know that sinister hands are guiding the Ancient Evil Conspiracy for World Government, which is unfolding rapidly in the Arena of History, and which is easily observed by those with eyes to see …

In this connection — and against the wishes of the vast majority of Westerners — a secret, high level policy of mass immigration of non-whites, adoption of foreign, non-white children, and increased miscegenation aimed at radically transforming the West has been pursued, and whose outrages and iniquities have been vigorously defended by professional “Race Relations” experts and “Race Industry” organizations whose disproportionate “power” within contemporary Western culture is not their own. The Shadow Government allows this “power,” for these vociferous advocates and defenders of Multiculturalism (as well as its ideological bodyguard, the Thought Tyranny called Political Correctness) comprise the legion of useful fools, infesting all fields of human endeavour, who are used by the Secret Rulers of this Earth on the long-travelled road towards global tyranny. The Multicultural scam becomes clearly visible to those with eyes to see when one ponders the injustice and absurdities inherent in official policy, especially that policy hidden from the purview of the masses, which not only encourages massive illegal immigration but also lavishly rewards those who break national laws and come to the West illegally. This overrunning of the West by NON-WHITE, non-Christian peoples, is primarily designed to create massive social tensions, using the old “divide and rule” principle, which will allow the Secret Masters of the Evil Agenda to bring about the final destruction of Western Christian Civilization and the enslavement of its indigenous peoples.

Also permit me to state that it is only with intuitive insight that one can penetrate beyond the external form or substance of things, to reach their internal substance or reality. It is only with the inner light of the discerning heart that one can achieve confirmation that we now live in an Age of Extreme Evil which will culminate in the end of the historical process as we know it. Empirical and discursive knowledge and thought can only suggest, but cannot directly perceive, and hence penetrate, the true nature of the Age in which we now live. And one of the telltale signs of this Age of Evil is RACIAL AND ETHNIC ADULTERATION ON A MASSIVE SCALE, a pernicious plot especially directed at the indigenous Caucasian, and particularly “Nordid”, populations of the Western World.

Why is Western Civilization the main, main target? For the reason that not only is it the cradle of the ancient Sinister Plot to Transform the World, but it is also its greatest impediment, or, more specifically, the spirituality that underpins Western Civilization, which is the Christ Impulse released from the Cross at Calvary commonly called Christianity. That is why the Secret Masters of the New Age One World Agenda – the Lords of Power – have worked tirelessly for centuries to subvert Christendom, and are now also working tirelessly to undermine the racial integrity of the Western Caucasian populations — whether the citizens have the clarity of vision to see it, or not.

Come on people OPEN YOUR EYES! Let Sean show you THE TRUTH!

What a total fucking idiot.

A dishonest press must hold itself to account

I know this blog has been very quiet as of late and I am going to be honest with you about the reason: Harry Potter. Being an old romantic I didn’t take any reading material on my honeymoon, so after wondering around New York for the first week the second week was designed to be a chance to relax by the pool. Well, relaxing next to the pool is much better with a book and the only book available was the first Harry Potter book that the wife had packed. So, I read it and then felt obliged to the read the rest of them. Which I have done in the past couple of weeks, hence why I have not been posting on here.

So, now that is behind me I hope to start blogging again as well as starting some related projects that I’ll announce on here in due course.

Now, this post does have a point as I wanted to comment briefly on the News of the World phone tapping, which seems to have been routine practice at that newspaper for quite some time (and I’m fairly certain they are not the only tabloid newspaper who have done this either). Newspapers still laughably claim to be our moral arbiters and they’ll be the first to criticise a politician who dodges questions about any kind of dodgy behaviour. Yet, the NOTW has maintained a sturdy defence of ‘blame it all on one guy’ whilst everyone else either had no knowledge or memory of any phone tapping whatsoever.

The whole argument is pathetic and will hopefully be cast aside by some form of proper police investigation. Andy Coulson deserves no place in politics irrespective of whether he was aware of or involved in phone-tapping but he shouldn’t be made a scapegoat for what is rife within an industry, not merely one office or organisation.

I will not attempt to comment further given that the below bloggers have already done a great job of highlighting this issue:

Tabloid Watch: New York Times investigates what most of the British media won’t and ‘Inconceivable no-one else knew’

Five Chinese Crackers: What would the Met get in return for not looking hard at News of the World phone hacking?