Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
Once upon a time, we relied on the story teller for both news and education; we called him a troubadour. He travelled from market place to market place, alternately educating, advising, and passing on gossip.
Around the beginning of the 19th C, the role of story teller changed from being one of educating the adults, to instilling moral values in children.
He was always an instrument of the power in the land – in those days the royal court.
Hans Christian Anderson, 205 years ‘old’ today, which is what has prompted these thoughts, was paid a pension by the Danish King Frederick VI.
Today, the honoured story teller has undergone another metamorphosis, and is now back to ‘educating’ the adults; the reteller of stories for children struggle to earn a living; the pensions of today are paid not by the Royal court, but by the true power in the land, the major political parties.
We call them spin-meisters, our modern word for fairy story tellers.
There have been many words written on Derek Draper, Damian McBride and Charlie Whelan, and little light has fallen on their opposite numbers in the Conservative Party.
Andy Coulson is popularly bashed in the left wing Blogosphere for his involvement in the ‘bugging scandal’, but I shall leave that aside for the moment, and just concentrate on his past legal employment – that of producing the News of the World.
Given 60 million inhabitants in the United Kingdom, do you not find it strange that the one man, the ‘best man for the job’ of communications director, that David Cameron could find, was not an experienced technical writer with a strong record of combing through impenetrable economic treatise, or a man who had spent a life time studying scientific data and rendering it communicable, but a man who specialised in sugar coating vague gossip and tittle tattle innuendo and turning it into pages of what passes for information in a newspaper?
We are in the middle of a global banking crisis, struggling to understand whether climate change is a looming disaster or a grab for world domination by the oil cartel, and yet the man the Conservative Party have put in charge of communicating their policies to the masses is an expert in valueless ‘distraction news’.
If he really was the ‘right man’ amongst 60 million people that tells me that David Cameron is not interested in whether we vote for the right people and the right policies, he is only interested in entertaining us, keeping us quiet, getting us through the election period with as little introvertive thinking as possible.
Who else has he appointed?
Well, famously, there is Clarence Mitchell. A man who took Kate and Gerry McCann’s explanation for the disappearance of their daughter to the status of ‘fact’ – or what passes for fact in our libel writ fearing newspapers these days – in the face of a mountain of circumstantial evidence that demanded at least an objective critique; and by a combination of liberal use of said libel lawyers, emotive and well placed news conferences, and an obsessive monitoring of social media and blog land, has ensured that only those based abroad dare to effectively question the ‘party line’ of his clients.
If he really was the ‘right man’ amongst 60 million people that tells me that David Cameron is not interested in whether we have an open debate on the serious issues that the country faces, he is only interested in monitoring the blogs and forums to ensure that if anyone steps out of line in questioning his party policy, it will have been effectively monitored, there will be a letter from Carter-Ruck, and a hastily convened and emotive news conference.
These then, are the modern troubadours, the fairy tale spinners, which the political court has appointed to entertain us.
Charlie Whelan, Peter Mandleson, Derek Draper, Damian McBride, Alistair Campbell, Andy Coulson, Clarence Mitchell…..
I don’t trust any one of them.
We should not be voting for any party based on their fairy tales, we should be voting for individuals, based on our local knowledge of them; they will be our representatives in parliament, and the prevailing view of the majority of them will have the controlling interest in shaping our future.
Fairy tales are for children. Grown ups should seek out the independent candidates – and if you are voting in the Cambridge area, you can vote for an independent maverick – Old Holborn – who will be applying an independent mind to each and every question that might face him if he is a successful candidate, not toeing a party line enforced by spin-meisters.
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