Having just had Mathew sum up the paltry job the U.S. media
is doing in reporting stories that actually matter, I just thought I'd let you all know how proud I am to live in dear old Blighty where the press always take their journalistic responsibility to heart and help protect the people against any abuses of power. In fact, the pressure resulting from recent news stories has led to a major concession by none other than the Deputy Prime Minister himself, John Prescott. Iraq, education, playing croquet, eating babies??
Yeah, we got him bang to rights on the croquet
, now he's given up his country house, and it looks like his job on the line...That'll teach him. Maybe if Blair and Bush were to be caught doing this, we'd have better luck getting rid of them...
However, the British tabs have certainly contributed to a general climate of fear and loathing for immigrants...This was the headline that sat proudly on newstands around the country last Friday. The picture here is not great, but it is of a boat with a
lot of people on it who are dark in skin colour. The negative imagery really doesn't need to be explained here; racism in Britain has been vocalised in sentiments such as "get back on the bannana boat to where you came from" and other insightful pieces of advice that basically equate to get the fuck out. Thank god the press are there to make sure the public are informed on the issue and don't fan the flames in order to sell papers...
And Matt, I think you're being a little hard on the U.S. press..., why, just this week we find out real progress
has been made in Iraq, things are finally looking up over there I think.Cartoon courtesy of The Guardian's Steve Bell
, yeah, I'm aware of the irony of using a satirical cartoon from the British media I am deriding here, but what the hey?