Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Telegraph hack writes bollocks again.

It used to take a long lunchtime's boozing at el Vinos on someone else's expense account and a degree of liver damage to achieve the sort of article that Con Coughlin writes for the 'Telegraph'; these days I suspect all it takes is a ten minute phone-call from a junior MOD press officer to give him a steer on his article of the day. So has the price of a Fleet Street hack fallen. Today the message he's been given is 'Russia is a rogue State' and he trots it out as risibly as he does his defence of the USA using torture on terrorist suspects.  

Russia is not a rogue state by a country mile, unless the US and China are also rogue states. The US kidnaps people and tortures them in secret global hideaways; China bangs up innocents in prison, Russia has enemies abroad assassinated; the US has no free healthcare and the highest rate in the world of imprisoning its citizens; China harvests the organs of executed persons, but is the only one of the three not yet to have invaded Afghanistan (which, when the other two did it, they each called an unacceptable violation of sovereign state, breach of international law, illegal and unlawful). 

You see, when you're big and powerful you're not a rogue State. You're only a rogue State if you're small, weak, with a per capita GDP of £200 a year and more AK74s than schoolbooks. 

So back to your well-thumbed editions of 'Racks and Manacles Monthly' and 'Guillotines of the World', Con. Or alternatively, just try thinking for yourself for once.   

12 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

Judging from the pictures that adorn his FCO propaganda piece, Mr Coughlin did more than his fair share of lunchtime boozing in the past when the DT had some decent journalists.

It looks like he's living on borrowed time .... as is the Conservative Party he's propagandising for.

Jackart said...

I'm sorry "... no free healthcare...". When did you join the Labour party?

Sebastian Weetabix said...

He's not a reporter. He's not even a thinker. He just takes dictation from his chums in SIS. Lenin had a name for people like him.

G. Tingey said...

Falls down on your first premise, Radders:
unless the US and China are also rogue states errr ... umm.
That is the exact problem, they are.

As, of course you didn't say - they are big playgound bullies, who can get away with it.
[ IraqII, possibly Afghanistan (not sure about that one), Grenada, Tibet come to mind immediately.]

So, they are all rogue states?
Doesn't excuse Putin, of course, either.

Anonymous said...

Your piece is interesting Raedwald; but not as interesting as the comments on Con's piece.

Finally it seems, in great part due to undemocratic stances from the UK, EU and US, people have woken up to localism and true democracy.

I got as far as the 20th comment and didn't have to read any further. Obama, Cameron, Barrosso, take note!

Coney Island

rapscallion said...

I really struggled to read all the way through Coughlin's execrable piece. It has more holes in it than the average sieve. What annoys me is the assumption that we only take our news from the UK MSM and that anything the DT writes must be correct. It is interesting though to see that most people are not taken in by this sort of blatant propaganda.

Anonymous said...

rapscallion - you just reminded me! I have, for some time now, watched RT (that's Russia Today, not Radio Times!) for news and found it far more enlightening than the pap from the BBC.

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

His piece the following day (yesterday) was equally hilarious.

'If Putin annexes Crimea, he can wave goodbye to G8'

Top scoring comment from thelonghaul:

'Oh! sure mister Coughlin, Putin is a REAL threat to the West:

Russia has blown up trains and buses in Europe; decapitated civilians; called for a worldwide soviet caliphate and is turning cities across the civilised world into bomb-happy war zones.

Yeah, Putin is just another Bin Laden. He's a danger to world peace.

If brains were dynamite, you couldn't blow your tin hat off.'

lol

Steve

Cuffleyburgers said...

Well Radders - you are right that there have been appalling lacunae in the US' foreign policy, in which the UK is complicit.

You don't mention the EU who admittedly doesn't indulge in extraordinary rendition but whose ignorance of the rule of law and cynical power grabbing are largely to blame for blighting hundreds of millions of lives and incidentally for provoking this crisis in the first place.

Also, what Jackart said.

Anonymous said...

The blatant falsehoods portrayed by our MSM are direct evidence of manipulation by Government (no one could possibly be that stupid/gullible by their own merit) and with a view to instigate war with Russia.
These are the warning signs. Prepare yourself.

John M said...

To be honest I skip Coughlin's articles these days. He's bonkers.

Raedwald said...

Jackart, all - apols for the NHS example - silly one. And no, I've not joined Labour ...