Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Refusal to see the irony

Sitting in Edinburgh airport, I have just watched a representative of the Dowler family [...]* earnestly telling BBC News reporters that this general furore has demonstrated "the power of the public can defeat an organisation, no matter how large" [from memory and thus possibly paraphrased].

And all of this delivered from in front of Number 10 Downing Street.

The righteous and totally hysterical attitude of people like this—when, let's face it, no one at the NotW actually murdered Milly Dowler or, indeed, anyone else—would be annoying enough.

But to deliver it from in front of what might be designated the effective headquarters to a "large" organisation that maintains its power through thuggery, extortion and violence—that derives its mandate from, quite frankly, mob rule.

Oh, and look...! Here's rent-a-gob Don Foster MP, telling us all that it is a "great testament to the power of the British people that they have forced Parliament to take the strong line that they have on this matter." [Again, from memory.]

And now Don Foster MP has just dropped a massive hint that Parliament thinks that, not only should NewsCorp not be allowed to buy the rest of BSkyB—through not being a "fit person"—but that the government should use the same excuse to steal the 39% that NewsCorp currently owns.

Thus neatly proving my points, above, about "mob rule", "thuggery, extortion and violence".

Thanks, Don, you fuckwit, for confirming that we should fear and loathe you and your endemically corrupt cronies even more than Murdoch.

* UPDATE 00.47 14/7/11: I have deleted the observation used here, since it detracts from the point of the post and some people got their knickers in a twist about it.

I would point out—as I have in the reply to the vicariously-outraged Anonymous—that the Dowlers have now made themselves into a political issue. Regardless of what happened to their daughter—which was (and I really shouldn't have to say this but, given the current hysteria, I must) really unpleasant—the Dowlers are using their situation and the accompanying media profile to drive some developments that I consider extremely dangerous to freedom in this country.

9 comments:

Michael Fowke said...

Soon we will just have the BBC to rely on for our news. What a nightmare that will be!

lilith said...

I once had the satisfaction of shutting the door in Don Foster's face. He was being very rude at the time.

JuliaM said...

Actually I'm ambivalent on Murdoch. All of my loathing is already booked for the political and chattering classes...

JuliaM said...

Lilith, you'd have dome the world a favour if you'd shut the door on his head. Repeatedly.

Anonymous said...

Dowler family (all three of them looking like someone's pissed on their chips)

Maybe they look that way because someone murdered their daughter.

Bit of a stretch, I know, but I think it's just possible.

The righteous and totally hysterical attitude of people like this

Maybe they're righteous and hysterical because, after their daughter was murdered, agents of the NOTW deleted voicemail on their daughter's phone, thus giving the impression she was still alive.

Even a wannabe-sociopath pseudo-libertarian Randite should be able to apprehend that this just might make someone "hysterical", "righteous" and looking as though "someone pissed on their chips".

I had previously thought that you'd hit your lowest point with your pitiful interview with Andrew Neil and your near-nervous breakdown afterwards. Now, today, I see you've plumbed even lower depths. Before, you were merely embarrassing; now you're actively mocking the murder of a child and using the NOTW's victimisation of the dead child's parents to score the most puerile and banal political points.

Do you really think anyone is impressed by this desperate attention-seeking? No doubt you think you're an iconoclast; in reality, you're merely an immature prick.

Mr A said...

Obviously I can't speak for him, but I don't think DK was having a go at the Dowler family, He was having a go at the sheer amorality of our political classes. They wanted to stop Murdoch's merger with BSkyB but they couldn't do it. Up comes the NoTW story which, obviously, many people were disgusted by, and instead of felling a, well, ACTUAL emotion, they instead cynically take advantage of this family's grief and anger to achieve their own political ends. Hearing Milliband today going on about "A victory for the British public.... now their voice that the merger shouldn't happen has been heard" was just sickening - moreso in my opinion than the actions of the lowlife who hacked the phone in the first place.

When it comes to all sorts of issues they ignore the British public at every turn. But when it comes to achieving their own ends by cynically exploiting the grieving family of a dead teenager they're suddenly "listening to the voice of the British people."

This whole episode has made me loathe the political classes more than the whole expenses scandal. That was just greedy idiots looking out for number one. Their jumping on this bandwagon is just symptomatic of sociopathy.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Mr A,

Largely correct—with the addition that the Dowler family think that they are using the politicians but, actually, they are the ones being used.

Anon,

"Maybe they look that way because someone murdered their daughter."

Was it anyone at the News of the World? No.

It was Levi Bellfield who murdered their daughter—could we all please remember that, 'cos I happen to think the cunt's name seems to have been forgotten in all of this bandwagon-leaping outrage.

Maybe they're righteous and hysterical because, after their daughter was murdered, agents of the NOTW deleted voicemail on their daughter's phone, thus giving the impression she was still alive."

Although, oddly, nothing of this came out at the time when Milly disappeared—NINE years ago.

The police said nothing and nor did the family—even though, had they actually registered any of this, they might have twigged that the time of death and the time of the phone deletions didn't match up.

It's called detective work. One might have thought that the detectives might have pointed it out before the evidence was found in NotW papers.

Unless, of course, the police were either hugely incompetent or in the pay of the NotW. Or, of course, both.

My view is that nobody actually noticed or maybe, just maybe, someone might have gone, "hey! Wait a second..."

"Even a wannabe-sociopath pseudo-libertarian Randite should be able to apprehend that this just might make someone "hysterical", "righteous" and looking as though "someone pissed on their chips"."

It was an observation: nothing more.

"I had previously thought that you'd hit your lowest point with your pitiful interview with Andrew Neil and your near-nervous breakdown afterwards."

"Near-nervous breakdown"? You what?

Someone threatened my job because they believed that their vicarious feelings were more important than free speech.

Which is, I think, oddly apt for this debate.

"Now, today, I see you've plumbed even lower depths. Before, you were merely embarrassing; now you're actively mocking the murder of a child and using the NOTW's victimisation of the dead child's parents to score the most puerile and banal political points."

No, I'm not.

The NotW did not victimise the dead child's parents: they accessed and deleted some voicemails on the dead child's phone, which made absolutely no difference to the outcome of the investigation at all.

And how, precisely, am I mocking the murder of that child? Oh, wait, I'm not.

And I'm trying to "score the most puerile and banal political points"?

I don't know if you noticed, sunshine, but this has now become a political issue: the Dowlers have now become a political issue.

They are throwing their emotive force—a force that you have so neatly demonstrated—behind some measures that I consider to be extremely dangerous for any kind of freedom in this country: the Dowlers are not innocent bystanders anymore.

The Dowlers have made themselves into a political issue.

"Do you really think anyone is impressed by this desperate attention-seeking?"

Yawn.

"No doubt you think you're an iconoclast; in reality, you're merely an immature prick."

... says the courageous "Anonymous".

Very mature.

Don't like what I write?—fine, don't read it. And I won't hack your phone.

DK

john b said...

"no one at the NotW actually murdered Milly Dowler or, indeed, anyone else"

Well, except for Jonathan Rees.

neil craig said...

Even more ironic that they were saying this to a BBC propagandist - part of the even larger organisation that has devoted most of its news airtime to pushing this one story and selectively balming one newspaper group. Not the one that has done most hacking, that was the mail - but the on that they had to nobble to stop them providing some ral competition on British TV with the lying, propagandising, fascistic BBC monopoly.

Without the BBC pushing this story would have been small beer, as similar things elsewhere have been http://isteve.blogspot.com/2011/07/rupert-murdoch-and-forgotten-pellicano.html

Indeed it has been known for years that papers, including the Guardian, were us to such illegality but it is only now and on Murdoch, that it has been convenient to dump it in public.