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The sickening heart of the political elite that are ruining lives here and abroad goes far beyond stealing taxpayers money to clean out the moat to engage in property speculation. This is a great overview of the state of play.

http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=534

The theft of public money by members of parliament, including government ministers, has given Britons a rare glimpse inside the tent of power and privilege. It is rare because not one political reporter or commentator, those who fill tombstones of column inches and dominate broadcast journalism, revealed a shred of this scandal. It was left to a public relations man to sell the “leakâ€. Why?

The answer lies in a deeper corruption, which tales of tax evasion and phantom mortgages touch upon but also conceal. Since Margaret Thatcher, British parliamentary democracy has been progressively destroyed as the two main parties have converged into a single-ideology business state, each with almost identical social, economic and foreign policies. This “project†was completed by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, inspired by the political monoculture of the United States. That so many Labour and Tory politicians are now revealed as personally crooked is no more than a metaphor for the anti-democratic system they have forged together.

Their accomplices have been those journalists who report Parliament as "lobby correspondents" and their editors, who have “played the game†wilfully, and have deluded the public (and sometimes themselves) that vital, democratic differences exist between the parties. Media-designed opinion polls based on absurdly small samplings, along with a tsunami of comment on personalities and their specious crises, have reduced the “national conversation†to a series of media events, in which the withdrawal of popular consent – as the historically low electoral turnouts under Blair demonstrated – has been abused as apathy.

Having fixed the boundaries of political debate and possibility, self-important paladins, notably liberals, promoted the naked emperor Blair and championed his “values†that would allow “the mind [to] range in search of a better Britainâ€. And when the bloodstains showed, they ran for cover. All of it had been, as Larry David once described an erstwhile crony, “a babbling brook of ********â€.

How contrite their former heroes now seem. On 17 May, the Leader of the House of Commons, Harriet Harman, who is alleged to have spent £10,000 of taxpayers’ money on “media trainingâ€, called on MPs to “rebuild cross-party trustâ€. The unintended irony of her words recalls one of her first acts as social security secretary more than a decade ago – cutting the benefits of single mothers. This was spun and reported as if there was a “revolt†among Labour backbenchers, which was false. None of Blair’s new female MPs, who had been elected “to end male-dominated, Conservative policiesâ€, spoke up against this attack on the poorest of poor women. All voted for it.

The same was true of the lawless attack on Iraq in 2003, behind which the cross-party Establishment and the political media rallied. Andrew Marr stood in Downing Street and excitedly told BBC viewers that Blair had “said they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right.†When Blair’s army finally retreated from Basra in May, it left behind, according to scholarly estimates, more than a million people dead, a majority of stricken, sick children, a contaminated water supply, a crippled energy grid and four million refugees...

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Good lord, I agree with John Pilger.

We are truly in the end of days :(

Pilger is one of a handful of real journalists still left

Not suprising that you very rarely see his reports in the mainstream media. Telling the truth just isn't on is it?... ;)

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Good lord, I agree with John Pilger.

We are truly in the end of days :(

To be fair, Pilger's a proper leftie and a proper journo not a fawning Politcal Elite mouthpiece like Hutton, Toynbee, et. al. so often produces good work.

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To be fair, Pilger's a proper leftie and a proper journo not a fawning Politcal Elite mouthpiece like Hutton, Toynbee, et. al. so often produces good work.

Absolutely

I can forgive Pilger for being left wing because he can at least properly be described as a 'journalist', not just some media shill for third party interests.

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