In the Western world, democracy faces a far more serious crisis than either the quasi-religious Left or the neoliberal Right would have you believe. The news now is like observing the drivel that emerges from a brain where the two hemispheres can no longer communicate.

As the days pass this year, for some reason I find myself noticing more and more examples of a complete absence of reality beyond our small commune here: in government, in the media, on social networks….and especially during elections and geopolitical ‘negotiations’.

But after those elective negotiations, selective truths bring despair to those who discover their vote went unheeded.

Today’s corker for me was the ‘discovery’ (long overdue among those who’ve spent time in Tower Hamlets) that Muslim Mayor Lutfur Rahman is a crook who got into power through ballot-stuffing, vote rigging, dead electors, harassment, extreme peer pressure – in fact, pretty much the complete gambit of corrupt politics.

This shot down Rahman defender and allround Leninist Richard Seymour, whose Guardian piece a year ago insisted that Lucky Lutfur was being “smeared” by the endemically and institutionally racist British Hestablishment, bruvvers. An overwhelming mountain range of evidence having found this unpleasant Mayor (a close friend of George Galloway) to be guilty on 3 zillion charges, the ever open-minded Seymour tweeted this morning to say he didn’t retract a word of the 2014 piece, but he was far too busy studying for his PhD to dismiss f**witted obervations about Lutfur Rahman from bigoted fascists.

Seymour’s twitter site proclaims him to be ‘planning a life of crime’ once the PhD is finished. Prizes are offered for the best expectation of what this bloke’s further degree will be about. My starter for 10 would be ‘An analysis of the dialectical gender-crushing ramifications of racist scum in a fascist police state’.


Other examples of denialism right across the political spectrum include the entirely unsurprising further confirmation that Grant Shapps is a depraved fraudster; the IFS data – the IFS being a right wing consultancy part-founded by Baroness Thatcher – clearly showing what massive cuts the Conservatives will make if they are returned to office; the alarming number of fruitcakes standing for Parliament under the UKip banner, literally 99.5% of whom will NOT be elected to Parliament; and of course the tragic case of Jeremy Rhyminge-Slang, whose very early onset dementia condition has led him to believe that he never once wished the NHS burnt to the ground with all hands:

alzhuntJeremy seen here with his dementia friend


Meanwhile, according to Reuters,  the eurozone economy is on a sustainable recovery path, according to all but a handful of forecasters polled by Reuters who also gave a slightly more than one-in-four chance of Greece leaving the currency union.

Doncha love it when the deranged can get jobs in journalism? Forecasters unnamed were polled by Reuters, and they said the eurozone will survive and prosper. Sounds to me like what happens when the neoliths put questions to the neoloonies on behalf of the neoliberals.

But here’s the best bit: 75% of the respondents thought Greece would remain in the euro. A little odd in the context of Reuters peddling a different ‘Grexit’ window for Athens with every day.

Let’s just summarise again: Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece are on the verge of fiscal collapse, and 60% of their joint population want an end to austerity. But the nonexistent recovery path is sustainable: even though the author of the research says Greece alone is a problem.

Further research also reveals that roughly 0% of those polled live either (a) in ClubMed or (b) in the temporal zone of existence. But 100% of them thought the US State Department was doing a dandy job.


And yet, and yet… there still hope? Over the last ten days of the UK General Election, the Conservative dominated coalition has had almost every rug pulled from under its policy rationale – ranging from renegotiation of the EU treaties through to its performance on migration numbers, balanced economic recovery, and fiscal discipline.

Today – in that context – a new poll has emerged showing that Labour has opened up a 3-point lead over the Tories, despite being led by Ed and his Miliband of Hope.

Alas, the chances are there is no hope at all: the survey concerned has a 3% margin of error.

Thus are the fluffies once again forced to face empirical reality: the election will be a dead-heat, and every Party involved in the aftermath will be tossing principles out of every window in a bad to have the only thing they care about: power.

Before election, apparent inability to tell sky from carpet. After election, disgustingly apparent willingness to grab the illusion of power…..long ago donated by their forebears to others unwilling to face election.

Perhaps, my friends, this is the difference between naive voting intention, and cynical perversion of that intention once the votes are counted.

Earlier at The Slog: ECB cancels press conference that had nothing to do with migrant deaths as Merkel in talks with Tsipras that have nothing to do with eurogroupe/Greece negotiations


  1. the recovery meme is much like Pope’s line about man who “never is but always to be blessed.” we’ll be blessed lucky to keep what little we have when we are ‘blessed’ with the collapse thanks to the banksters and pols.


  2. Talking about realities (twisted or otherwise), we’re all eagerily awaiting an analysis of the CPS & DPP from you John.


  3. There are moments when I bless the day I found this site. I can almost sense John’s knuckles tightening in frustrated anger as he pounds yet another keyboard into submission … ye gods, the buggers really do take us all for fools as they peddle their pathetic falsehoods and blatant poisonous bollocks for all to see, and, seemingly, for so few to understand.

    In East Devon we have His Magnificence Hugo Swire (playfully referred to as Huge R Swipe hereabouts) plying his trade underneath the dog-pissed Conservative lamp post … an enthusiast for the TTIP nightmare currently swirling away beneath the radar to further impoverish the masses in the next Five Year Plan. A piece of noisome refuse hauled up Budleigh Salterton beach and adorned with a blue rosette would be assured of its triumphant return to Westsphincter by the cauliflower heads who proliferate in this area, thus effectively rendering yet another group of people disenfranchised.

    I’m rather hoping for a plague of boils to be visited upon the 650 chancers who will be rushing to the HoP with their eyes and swag bags wide open on the 8th of May. But I suspect my prayers will be ignored as they have been these last sixty-odd years :-)


  4. ‘Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece are on the verge of fiscal collapse.’ True and we are in the run-up to a general election, where, for the first time for over 30 years,the colossus that abolished the economic cycle AND saved the entire Western world from financial chaos in 2008 has mysteriously disappeared. Is there anyone out there with Garry’s email or mobile number, or his police protection unit? I have tried Kirkcaldy Labour party, but the line has been disconnected…


  5. Ms Laura K*ntsberg was on Newsnight last night saying Garry would be taking a high profile position in Scotland in the remainder of time till the election.


  6. Garry’s morphed into another economic obese genius called Alex. Alex is never asked how an independent Scotland would have bailed out RBS and HBOS in 2008?


  7. Re Garry. My contacts now tell me he is, behind the curtain, masterminding the breakthrough economic policies of his former protégés, the two Eds, and that we should expect ‘ a dramatic arrival on the UK political stage for a great statesman’, shortly after the inception of the Labour minority government on 23 May. There is going to be an off the record deal with the Scottish Nasty Party, and Garry will arrive in the Upper House, not just as Leader, but as Viscount Clyde, in recognition of his vital role in enhancing the UK economy, through the historic efforts of Scottish shipbuilders.


  8. Voting, ah. Using a computer, programmed by the same lot that got that last lot elected. How did that work out?
    In Colorado, a gentleman had cause to suspect his computer of violating his rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and sought resolve it. He put 9 rounds from his pistol into the very torso of this TurboThought 9000. He was cited by police for discharging a weapon but there is ample reason to believe a jury will find his actions to be acceptable cybercide.


  9. I am Tower Hamlets born and bred and lived close to 50 years of my life there. Before retiring to France some 10 years ago my wife had a senior role in Tower Hamlets Council. The appalling behaviour displayed by Rahman (Who she knew and who I have met) predates his regime. Bad behaviour and corruption among the Councillors has been rife to her knowledge since the 1990’s and was ignored by the ruling Labour Party, the local Police and various Chief Executives. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions as to why!


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  11. I think the reality is that we are returning to the political and sociological norm. Most here grew up in the post war decades, decades of great sociological change where we moved from a highly paternalistic, top-down and stratified society (historically the normal) into a much . Throughout history the sociological pendulum hardly swung more than an inch or so each way, society sometimes lost or gained a little more or less freedom, then things swung back toward the norm again, although there was a gradual shift to a freer, more wealthy society as time passed. Then WW2 happened and gave the pendulum a massive hit, sending it flying until by the 60s it was almost at right-angles to the norm and we all had unprecedented freedom, equality and opportunity. Since then it has been wobbling back and we are slowly losing that freer and socially mobile society and will continue to do so unless it suits the interests of the privileged classes, which it sadly won’t short of bloody revolution.

    The norm for news media is that it is there to promote the interests of its owners and those they represent, all members of and generally tools of the privileged classes, be those interests ideological, financial, political or whatever. It does this primarily by pandering to the prejudices of their targeted readership and stoking their fears while denigrating and dismissing those they see as opponents. Real, non-partisan investigative journalism only came to flower post WW2 and is now largely dying away. Real financial reporting the same, although the onus has always been on financial journalists not to rock the boat too much and, God forbid, do nothing that might cause a loss of financial or political confidence, be it concerning big or small. This alone accounts for why the financial ‘press’ never seems to see problems in advance, always reporting ‘knowingly’ after the event.

    As to, “….. every Party involved in the aftermath will be tossing principles out of every window in a bad to have the only thing they care about: power.” Well, you don’t need hung parliaments or coalitions for that. Elections have always been ‘founded’ on manifestos that are a mixture of aspirations (very important, that word) some of which the Parties really intend to implement, some they may or may not implement (don’t really care but hey! gotta sound good), some they have absolutely no intention of ever implementing but are too politically attractive to openly ignore or rule out and some that are intended as place-holders or masks to implement things they really, really care about but the public would reject outright were they ever foolish enough to mention them. Of course we the electorate has no idea which category any of those aspirations fall into. Democracy? Don’t make me laugh.


  12. Geordie, I had a hearty laugh at your comments, you lightened the heavy going of current matters. JW is good too when on form. Thankfully we have humour, if we didn’t I’d weep.


  13. Proof read your statements man. Ending a sentence with the words “into a much” is not proper English. Its hard to read, none the less take seriously, peoples statements that are not written correctly.


  14. “the alarming number of fruitcakes standing for Parliament under the UKip banner, literally 99.5% of whom will NOT be elected to Parliament”
    I see you are firmly wedded to the MSM lines on UKIP, shame, you used to talk sense.


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