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Amol Rajan: Neither Brown nor we deserve this propaganda

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Monday, 9 November 2009 at 11:51 am
Iain Dale is essentially right and more measured than I am prepared to be.

The spite behind The Sun's splash this morning is a disgrace.  They claim that Gordon Brown's "gaffe-strewn" letter to Jacqui Janes, regarding the death of her soldier son Jamie, is indicative of his general disregard for the Armed Forces. As further evidence of this, they point to his failure to bow during a memorial service yesterday.

"... But Mr Brown's mistakes will fuel claims that he does not care about Britain's forces".

This is so fatuous, stupid, ignorant and distasteful as to be a genuine and irreversible denigration of our public space.  It is the worst of tabloid values. 

That the paper's sister organisation, Sky News, should endorse those editorial values by broadcasting an interview with the grieving mother accentuates all the attendant repulsion. 

I can't imagine how sad Jacqui Janes must be. These journalists aren't interested in that. They're exploiting her for their own benefit, and that of their political benefactors.

I mean, come on chaps.  I know you've got this tie-up thing with the Tories going on at the moment, but really.  Just think what you're doing.


deimosp wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 12:49 pm (UTC)
But, when Brown signs something in his role as PM, does nobody check it. Are we to assume that when he signed the Libson treaty he just signed the document without checking it ?

In his role as PM, part of that role is to get things right. If he cannot take the trouble to get things right then he is not the correct person for the role and should be appointed to more junior responsibilities where he is managed better and are more appropriate to his capabilities.

Does he not appreciate that somebody would read the letter of condolence he wrote and does he not appreciate that spelling the name wrong would risk causing offence. And given that he still could not make the effort to get it right.

Maybe time for somebody else to actually read the Lisbon treaty and check what he signed us all up to.
davemsc wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 02:05 pm (UTC)
So the PM can't spell and you take umbrage with that. Fair enough. Why, then, have you not punctuated your rabid reply correctly?
Libson Treaty
adnanagram wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should try to check your spelling as well!
Re: Libson Treaty
deimosp wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 08:51 pm (UTC)
So I transposed two letters in one word - I am not the PM and not writing quite such an important letter (and I did not make quite as many mistakes as the PM in his letter). But my efforts are not the issue. I am not running the country with a significant team of people backing me up and supporting me.

That the PM can or cannot spell is not the issue. It is about the PM making the (or at least some) effort. With something important one would have hoped he cold have been bothered to make some effort.
Not deliberate just casual disrespect
wheresmyvote wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 12:55 pm (UTC)
I don't for one minute think that Brown set out to deliberately offend the mother of a soldier that he sent to die.

However the fact that he couldn't be bothered to have the courtesy to re-write the note when he made a mistake or check his spelling in the first place speaks volumes. Essentially, he feels it is a task he has to do not something he wanted to do and hence did the minimum he felt he could get away with.
A nation held hostage by tabloids
rajivk100 wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 02:21 pm (UTC)
The tabloid press that should never ever have occurred to civilized society, is holding entire nation hostage. Ir is pity to see politicians scrambling to get endorsement from filthy tabloids, which excel at only spreading hatred and narrow mindedness. Those tabloids survive through splashing trivia and thrive on indecency and insensitivity.
thelzdking wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 02:54 pm (UTC)
I have to agree that The Sun's coverage of this is, indeed, spiteful. The anti-Brown bias in the media is becoming increasingly rabid and personalised (see biscuit-gate).

Brown is not a particularly good PM, but the way the media are treating him is, in the end, going to bring them low.
harrietbooth wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 02:57 pm (UTC)
send him for some adult basic skills classes
Gordon's 'gaffe'
midwinter1947 wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is pathetic.

It's an easy mistake to have made especially by someone working so hard and under so much pressure. Don't forget that the PM does not have 100% eyesight either. You would think that journalists never made mistakes themselves.
Re: Gordon's 'gaffe'
thelzdking wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:07 pm (UTC)
I have to vehemently agree. Someone above said something along the lines of 'being the PM means getting things right'. Aside from the inheherent stupidity of this statement (sending a handwritten letter is, surely, an example of getting it 'right') Brown is not just the PM, he is also a human being, and that means making the occasional mistake. It's unfortunate for the mother as she is obviously grieving, but it is a very trivial mistake to make.

It is pathetic.
pots and kettles
pilsden wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:05 pm (UTC)
Why the last sentence strikes me you are implying it is their tactics .If your complaint is to have validity perhaps you should apply the same journalistic standards as preaching.
voodoojedizin wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:08 pm (UTC)
"indicative of his general disregard for the Armed Forces"

You seem to forget one very important fact.

Tony Blair lied about the illegal Iraqi war and brown is continuing that lie.
He is continuing to be Americas poodle, in Afghanistan the war is not against terrorism, but for control of a pipeline. I would say he has total disregard for the armed forces and the British people to continue being america's puppet and sacrificing British troops for American Oil companies.
Amol Rajan's point in this article ...
john_b_ellis wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:08 pm (UTC)
... is about neither Gordon Brown or Mrs Janes.

It's about "the Sun". And he's right. Loathsome paper, loathsome journalists, loathsome owners.

One of the stronger arguments against supporting Cameron's Tories is that they now seem to be endorsed by "the Sun".

Just as one of the stronger arguments against supporting Blair's New Labour was that they had the support of "the Sun".

Like attracts like.
Re: Amol Rajan's point in this article ...
thelzdking wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:15 pm (UTC)
True. I will defend Brown in this debacle because of its inherent triviality when you consider the big picture. But the point is the Sun's insidious influence and the spin it is using to exercise it.

Brown is rubbish, but I suspect Cameron will be just as rubbish, perhaps more so. Because of this I feel we have to be suspicious of the (increasingly personalised and distasteful) anti-Brown bias in not only News Corp's media, but the media as a whole. We are going to end up sleepwalking into a Cameron government which will be no better than Brown's.
Re: Amol Rajan's point in this article ...
john_b_ellis wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 03:21 pm (UTC)
Agree with you 100%, and in every particular!
Comment agreed
pccritic wrote:
Monday, 9 November 2009 at 04:36 pm (UTC)
You have hit the nail firmly, precisely and eloquently on the head.


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