Crash ‘n Burn

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, December 10th, 2019 - 17 comments
Categories: boris johnson, health, International, politicans, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, uk politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

Boris Johnson and the Tory Party have been keen to run an election campaign around Brexit and the notion of “getting things done” while simultaneously ‘saving’ the nation from the man pop media has spent years casting as “unfit for office”.

And to be fair, the generally pathetic state of British pop media is such that they may well have pulled it off.

But then came a dossier on the NHS that detailed how the service was going to be hocked off in trade talks with the US should Brexiteers be successful in realigning Britain with a fading USA over sticking with a fading Europe.

Pop media stepped up to the plate and attempted to diminish the importance of that NHS document by trundling out that tired trope of Russian interference – the suggestion being that the source of a leak might be more important than the substantive nature of leaked material.

In the end though, the dossier may not need to get the attention it deserves, “because this”. (Sometimes, it would seem, even pop can be good.)

Edit/update. And when the Tory Party sent the health secretary, Matthew Hancock, down to the hospital on a mission of damage control, they apparently thought it a good idea, by way of distraction, to peddle a story about Hancock’s advisor being assaulted. And, of course, pop media uncritically picked the story up and ran with it. (Shame there was video footage 🙂 )

17 comments on “Crash ‘n Burn ”

  1. Gosman 1

    Why would the Conservatives want to hock off the NHS? What possible benefit would it give them?

    • tc 1.1

      Because they can Gossie, pretty much a right wing mantra these days.
      There will be a script to justify it already written by big pharma etc

    • Dean Reynolds 1.2

      I can't believe your naivety, Gossy. The Tories overall, eternal aim is to recreate a Dickensian society in the UK, by transferring as much wealth as possible from middle & lower income earners, to themselves at the top of the food chain, cementing their position as the permanent elite. Recent history has numerous examples of their actions, (privatsation of essential services, tax cuts for the wealthy, gutting trade unions, unaffordable housing, tax payer bailouts of corrupt bankers, etc). Hocking off the NHS will deny working people & the low paid, access to free medical care & reduce their living standards accordingly – get the picture?

      • tc 1.2.1

        I suspect it's a main driver behind brexit.

        Once gone from the EU they're not bound by it's rules so strap in folks as the race to the bottom gains pace.

        Blojo and the Donald should be fun.

    • AB 1.3

      "What possible benefit would it give them?"

      It would give them the pleasure of seeing greater suffering among people they consider to be their social, intellectual and economic inferiors. They are basically sadistic swine – a definitional right-wing characteristic.

    • Stuart Munro 1.4

      Malice is reason enough.

      But even a disingenuous Righty like yourself knows perfectly well that the potential purchasers of a health service will be right-leaning corporates, not pro-social lefties.

    • Bill 1.5

      If by "them", you mean the Tory Party – none. But if by "them" you are referring to the 'fly by nights' in the Tory Party who will use their political position to rip shit and bust – lots.

  2. greywarshark 2

    Paraphrasing the above interview from The Guardian.

    A conglomeration of the fast mouthings of Boris Johnson

    Interviewer – What about the boy who has had to lie on the floor. Suspected of pneumonia lying on the floor on a bed of coats.

    Boorish Johnson – I have every sympathy for the families of people who have difficulties with the NHS.

    The NHS on the whole does a fantastic job And what we want to do- I think most people do -i

    – It's a terrible terrible photo and I apologise to the family. We have to get Parliament going out of paralysis deadlock and division

    Interviewer: The NHS is in crisis says the boys mother.

    Boorish – On the whole I think patients in the Nhs have a much much better experience than this poor kid has had. I really think it would be totally wrong to hold up for… names amount he says is planned to spend…another year … no forward movement … with Jeremy Corbyn and Nicole Sturgeon in coalition.

    Has whipped the mike away from interviewer who says he has put it in his pocket, now gives it back after he has delivered his political spiel.

    • Gosman 2.1

      What exactly was wrong with his response? What would have been a more appropriate response?

    • NZJester 2.2

      He whipped the phone away not the mike. How rude of him to take the reporter's phone. Anyone else took someone's property like that they could be in big trouble. Luckily he did give it back at the end.

  3. Bill 3

    Predictably, pop media not only ran the distraction "Labour activist hit our aide!" – (because someone getting biffed is so much more important than a wee boy with pneumonia having to bed down atop coats on a fucking hospital floor), but following the realisation the assault story was a complete fiction, they are now headlining on the non-news that there was a fictitious piece of made up shit…actually, an accusation of there having been made up shit.

    And a wee boy with pneumonia having to bed down atop coats on a fucking hospital floor drops down another rung in the ladder of pop media importance.

    It's fucking sick inducing. So yeah. Boris is a clueless cold fucking cunt. And the UK's leading liberal outlet (The Guardian) is seemingly also run by similarly clueless and cold fucking cunts.

    I haven't looked at other outlets yet…the BBC, Independent etc, but I imagine much the same hierarchy of importance will have been assigned the two stories and one non-story…with the main story buried beneath the elevated smash of the others.

    • Roflcopter 3.1

      Ummm, Bill?

      That image was debunked by hospital staff some time ago.

      • Barfly 3.1.1

        No the hospital has apologised to the family – AND the so called debunking – the owner of the twitter account is complaining that her account was hacked and used for the FAKE debunking

        Only question is are you that ignorant or are you lying??

      • Bill 3.1.2

        In a world of tribalism where people just thoughtlessly offer up their nose to be led, this shit just goes round and around, innit?

        Claims that the photo was staged spread rapidly across social media and messaging services on Monday night, potentially reaching millions of people after being amplified by Conservative politicians, celebrities and some journalists.

        The Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson retweeted screenshots of the Facebook page to her followers twice, telling them “I presume this is genuine”, and adding later that the photo was “100% faked”.

        A person jumping into action on a "presumption" calling themselves a journalist, and worse, being employed as one!?!

        Meanwhile, in ‘other’ news – in a supposedly ‘developed’ nation, a four year old child with pneumonia is ‘dumped’ on a hospital floor. And this is after many decades of that country ripping anything and everything it could lay its hands on from countless other countries and peoples around the world.

  4. joe90 5

    And, of course, pop media uncritically picked the story up and ran with it. (Shame there was video footage 🙂 )

    The spreading of a lie.

    https://twitter.com/marcowenjones/status/1204149569082331137

    (1-17)

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1204149569082331137.html

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