Thursday, 5 June 2008

Pig Ignorant Foreign Secretaries R Us.

I don't know which was more shocking.

Last night on Question Time, we saw David 'the Man who would be King' Miliband telling us that, in his first briefing on Zimbabwe as Foreign Secretary, he 'was horrified to find out' that Mr. Mugabe was actually Sir Robert Mugabe (12.45 mins into the programme).

One panelist asked, incredulously, 'You became Foreign Secretary without knowing that?'

Last night, we also saw that Lord Hurd didn't even remember (hic!) that Sir Robert had been recommended for his Knighthood when HE was Foreign Secretary adding, something a bit like, 'Well, we knew he had killed 20,00 in MatabeleLand, but he had hosted a Commonwealth Conference, after all' (13.30 mins into the programme).

If that is the calibre of Foreign Secretary we have enjoyed over the past 20 years, no wonder we have had such a fucked-up Foreign Policy leading to the deaths of untold millions.

It was easy for us in Britain to laugh at John 'fries for brains' McCain and say that he had a 'senior moment' when he didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia in Iraq ( I doubt whether he even realised that the Shia and the Sunni exist in other countries).

In fact, with these kind of people allowed to be in charge, the laugh is on us.

PS for those of you who want to hear Miliband, last year, saying that - one year on - we would be clamouring for the return of Tony Blair
here it is.

Round about one minute thirty seconds.

What a loser.


zola a social thing said...

Thanks for that Merky boy.
Might the government bring back history for all educational bits and pieces and might newspapers follow suit?

Merkin said...

No chance Zola.
History is going to be as the government needs it to be at the time.
For example :
A week is a long time in politics and it certainly seemed the same last night with Miliband forgetting that he had predicted last year that people would be clamouring for the return of Blair - in the event of a change of Leader.

Miliband actually denied it and claimed that Dimbleby was mistaking him for his brother.
He then carried on as though he had never said it at all.

Just ignore the lies and spin seems to be his motto.
As was said by someone a lot thicker than me.....

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."

George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

trousers said...

Merk, I realise I haven't commented here for a while. Trouble (though that's not the right word) is, when you post stuff like this, there's not much I can do but agree - this one being a case in point.

Merkin said...

Trews, you are always welcome - commenting or not.

In general, I know whether my virtual friends have commented or not.
However, from my net stats I also have a fairly sizeable number of people who regularly hit the site without commenting.
I had always thought that people may be wary of giving support to a site which is always seeking to debunk government lies and propaganda.
And I can understand that, of course, when the gov is just itching to have us all 'on a charge'.

So, when you agree, a virtual rotten tomato thrown in the direction of these corrupt, lying, murderous bastards who rule us will do just as well as a comment here.

PS good band The Lurkers. Heheheheh.

trousers said...

Well, I'm never wary of giving that kind of support - it's just a case of finding the words (or not) - but as long as you know that, unless I explicitly or specifically say otherwise, my support (or, more accurately, my agreement) is there...

Merkin said...

Thanx Trews for the support.

Let me explain in a better way.
I can generally work out when the usual suspects are here - ones like you or zo-zo or anti or swaggo - the remnants of the Awkward Squad, non of whom gives two tosses what the Gov says.

But, there is a large mob of regulars here none of whom I have met - even virtually.
THAT silent grouping has increased generally over the last few months when I have linked something here to a Graun article.
That was all I meant.

Anyway, it was a sign of my road to recovery that I was able to write this article by the end of Question Time - I was that outraged.

In looking back over the programme to check a coupla things my sense of outrage only intensified.

That is good. It means I am coming out of my coma of the past two months.

Maggi Strap-ons said...

How to handle a Merkin?

Barnacle Bill said...

I was shocked at what my two daughters were not taught under NuLabor, than I was mostly under Harold Wilson.
Is there some mass conspiracy to lower the intelligence of the population?
Although I suppose if you don't know any better the more gullible you are - Dodgy Dossier for example.

anticant said...

It always puzzles me why the repulsive Millipede is touted as being so brainy. He has never said anything I find the least bit memorable, and gives the impression that when he comes under fire he will scuttle away as fast as his 100 legs will carry him. So if the putrefying remnants of ZanuLabour want him for their leader, they are welcome.

As for Douglas Hurd, he will be for ever infamous for his Bosnian "level killing fields" remark - as well as for his lucrative cosying up to Milosevic.

Merkin said...

Nice to see you Bill.
They don't need a MASS conspiracy to lower the intelligence of the population in pursuit of a Brave New World, just a few giving the orders and a pyramid of faithful workers.

'..... to one of five classes according to their intelligence: from perfect "Alphas" down to moronic "Epsilons". Learning takes place by repetition teaching during sleep, but basically this consists of enforcing certain behaviour patterns through suggestion. This is backed up by the legal drug 'soma' that pacifies people through a false sense of fulfilment.'

This ties in nicely with Anticant's point about Miliband.
On that same question time one teenager plighted his troth for said Millipede on the basis that 'he looks the part'.

Now THAT is conditioning.

anticant said...

Merkin, if you are saying that a lot of those who look at our blogs are reluctant to leave candid comments about the political scene in case they are put on some government narks' "troublemakers' list", I fear you may be right.

I have pretty well given up blogging, except for making comments, because I found that my posts didn't spark off the sensibly concerned debates I'd hoped for. Most of the few comments I received - with honourable exceptions - were either frivolous, pointless, or just rude. As for the Guardian's CIF 'relaunch', it simply slumps from bad to worse....

Scarcely a month goes by without more arbitrary restrictions, both serious and petty, being placed on our civil liberties which were only obtained for us by the strenuous efforts of previous generations - especially that of my parents and their contemporaries who won WW2.

Though far from being a Tory, I welcome John Major's recent ovedue onslaught on this cretinous government's authoritarianism, predictably brushed aside by some faceless junior minister with a name something like McNumpty who solemnly tells us to listen to top security policemen who, unlike former prime ministers, know what they are talking about.

Roll on the Stasi [if they aren't already here]!

Merkin said...

Even though You approach it in a different way to NannyKnowsBest or Stef or Barnacle Bill or Me, you are still always spot on with your observations on the breakdown of our society.

Regarding McNumpty, Bill made much the same point as you.

McNumpty said : "I would ask people simply to listen to and trust the Peter Clarks of this world rather than someone like John Major who has been out of the loop for about 10 years."
Barnacle Bill said : 'Quite frankly, I think it is NuLabor who have been out of the loop for the past ten years!'

anticant said...

I wish they had been out of the loop for the past decade! In fact, they personify its loopiness.

As I probably said to you on the shores of faraway Lake Garda [whither I shall soon be returning, thank goodness], ever since the millenium I have felt like I guess many decent Germans did in the early 1930s.

In those days, it was Hitler and Musso rampaging around Europe with their "final demands", spurious "new world order" claptrap, and suppression of civil liberties and human rights at home.

In the first decade of the 21st century, it has been Bush and Blair rampaging around the world with their pre-emptive "liberal interventionism", their phoney "war on terror", and their curtailment of civil liberties and human rights at home.

For the second time in my life - the first was Suez - I feel ashamed of my country and of the lies our government pumps out and, even worse, believes in.

Merkin said...

Anticant, enjoy your next trip to Lake Garda.

Indeed, we did talk about these things last year.
I remember, in particular, the sudden spurt of energy which caused you to run over to interrogate a trio of our American friends lest they be Stasi.

Still don't know the answer.
I am pretty sure though that they got the message !!

Halcyon days?

Yep, relatively.

Rochdale Pioneer said...

Merkin and Anticant?
A mirage in heaven.

Merkin said...

Presumably, LavenderBlue was the Maid in Heaven?

Stef said...

Is there some mass conspiracy to lower the intelligence of the population?

if there is this outfit definitely has nothing to do with it and continued consumption of all the good things that are being stuck into our food and our water would immunise our children from being dumbed down anyway

Muhamad Lodhi said...
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Muhamad Lodhi said...

It's unbelievable!
I just hope some future morons of New Labour don't decide to have Miliband as their leader.

Merkin said...

Nice to see you here, Muhamed.

Well, his name is in the frame after Gordon goes.
He is Bilderberg approved and that usually decides it.