The emerging Theresa May – clever media manipulator and cunning control freak.

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mesnipAlthough mathematically, the Prime Minister has appointed women to 50% of new Ministerial posts, only seven are in the Cabinet – and none of them have the major offices of State apart from her. Hardly anyone has noticed this obvious sleight of hand; the impression given is that Theresa May or may not, but whatever she does it will be made to look like fulfilment of a promise.

Less than a week into the job, Theresa Maniac is already confirming the view I formed during her election: she is an even more sociopathic manipulator of the media than Chemical Ali Campbell.

Having got the Torygraph’s exhaustive study of her Home secretarial incompetence pulled within hours last week – and arranged for Leadsom to be dropped in it by The Times – everything possible is being done this week to suggest to different (and often opposed) opinions that all is well for them. It’s a clever approach, in that it leads to a sort of feel-good confusion mix….rich soil for any dictatorial politician sewing seeds of expectation, while controlling the weeds of opposition at the same time.

Over the weekend, the new Prime Minister made a point of being extensively photographed in a Number 10 tete-à-tete with Nicola Sturgeon, pouring out balm for the Remaindeers with tosh about “no triggering of Article 50 until Scotland is on board” – rather like saying “no Waspi pension restoration until they stop moaning”. It ain’t gonna happen.

Brexiteers kicked up about the wheeze. So now, we get this planted in Brexit Central, the Daily Express:

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The ‘content’ (if you can call it that) was as follows:

Ministers are preparing the ground for rapid negotiations on new agreements with around a dozen countries to meet their timetable for leaving the European bloc in the early months of 2019. Tory Cabinet minister David Davis, the newly appointed EU Exit Secretary, said: “We’re talking to large numbers of people who all want to help and we’ll get a very, very large trade area, much bigger than the European Union, probably ten times the size.”

Right. But nothing at all about “a swift exit”. Just lots of guff about talking to nations outside the EU, and a nice Brexiteer headline.

Spoilt a little, however, by this item across the page:

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Well I’m glad we cleared that one up. And equally, Theresa would like people  to be in no doubt that she thinks MPs should not slaughter the Holy Cow. I mean Trident, not the PM:

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The great thing about the Twin Whores is that they can always be relied upon to pull stuff one day, and then pull your leg the next. Setting aside the real risk of a nuclear threat (close to zero) the article omits to point out that any upgraded Trident would still be miles behind known Russian capability when it comes to false target info being fed to the missiles. But such announcements put more pressure on the Labour Party – still all over the shop in terms of nuclear defence.

This is They Work for You’s take on Damian Green, the newly-appointed Waspi abuser (my underlining):

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Oh dear, we think. But Matthew D’Ancona was soon available (having predicted Green’s appointment last week) to put the opposite view:

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Matt uses the ear of May to get a scoop. May uses the mouth of Matt to suggest Green is nicer than he seems, really.

But even she the censorious one can’t have it all her own way. Newly relaunched Robert Peston notes at ITV News that ‘the £24bn takeover of ARM, the UK’s ONLY world leading hi-tech electronic company, by SoftBank of Japan is the first proper test of Theresa May’s premiership’, because ‘her sole proper policy speech since announcing she wanted to become PM – the one she gave in Birmingham just a week ago – was completely unambiguous that she opposed foreign companies buying our strategically important businesses.’

Four other nationals have picked up the piece this morning. My guess is she’ll take the shrewd view that this is a business story that will pass most of the electorate by. In the meantime, a bit of geopolitical distraction and affirmation of ‘liberal’ principles goes into this Torygraph piece about May meeting Clinton.mayclint


What I’m reporting here is nothing more than worrying symptoms: that is, the results of politicians caring far more about media comment and spin than they do about what real people think. The game plan is to keep the public confused, award May the benefit of a doubt she probably doesn’t deserve, and ensure that powerful globalists like Murdoch and the Barclay twins are reassured that her time in power will be good for them.

They’re all symptoms of constitutional, political, social and economic models that are manifestly dysfunctional. Too much of what we read is about symptom, rather than disease or cure. But as with the Vietnam War, a focus on symptomatic events merely makes the audience accepting of new normals.

I am at the moment mulling over a change of emphasis at The Slog – a shift towards starting from the ailment, and recommending the cure. This will, I hope, keep alive the awareness that – on all the levels outlined in the last paragraph – there are infinitely better ways of doing things than those currently employed.

30 thoughts on “The emerging Theresa May – clever media manipulator and cunning control freak.

  1. Fudge and stall, fudge and stall. A typical politician. I doubt Brexit will ever happen. What we need is an election.

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  2. John
    BBC this Sunday: Mind blanker ……….A long thread on free range chickens!…If that aint full in face yer face “taking the piss ” I have lost it.

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  3. Perhaps the diagnosis you need to make is this: ‘Britain cannot be reformed until the general public stop feeding uncritically from the TV-, print media and MSM websites for ‘news”?

    I think it’s been clear for no less than 20 years that Britain’s democracy has been subverted by oligarchs, mostly not carrying UK passports and almost all not paying their fair share of UK taxes.

    I don’t think it adds any value to provide any more evidence. The pile is bigger than Chilcot’s by a factor of about 10.

    The key question is this: ‘What are the options to break this logjam in democracy and what kinds of organisations are capable of delivering it?’

    Here are a few titbits for consideration:

    1. Not-for-profit blogs run by those without designs on office.

    Whilst yours may have a readership in the thousands, the climate science blog, Watts Up With That? (www.wattsupwiththat.com ) has a readership of millions and gets millions of hits per month nowadays. I don’t agree with everything it says and it has become a bit of an insiders’ old-boys-club in terms of whose articles are published (making you wonder if any of them are on retainers), but it has been one place where dogmas were challenged robustly, although even there there is too much of a tendency to suppress comment critical of editorial opinion.

    2. Redesigning the necessary qualifications for ‘journalists’ to ensure that they are actually capable of criticism of particular arenas through having the technical expertise, the professional experience and the systemic understanding to actually communicate insights of value to the readership. Weighing opinion does not divine truth, after all…….

    3. Limiting contributions to individual parties at such times as they form either the Government, or HM Opposition to £10,000 by any individual or organisation, to remove all funding of political parties by foreign nationals or foreign organisations and to limit the ability of any individual to contribute more than 10% of total funds for any one party to 10 years. The aim is of course to stop a small number of people buying politicians for a few million when they are managing just under £1trn in public spending each and every year…..

    4. Changing the electoral system to ensure that old-style 2 party politics dies and adult multi-party politics becomes the norm. I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing that ‘you can only govern with a majority’. Wrong: you can only govern with military force with a majority. You can only use a whipping system to govern with a majority. When children are socialised, they start with implacable egotistical views and they gradually integrate into societies where viewpoints are incorporated. It’s about time politics left infant school and went to primary school instead……

    5. Fundamental reform of the BBC, its governance and its oversight. I don’t want UK TV run by Murdoch, but nor do I want the BBC thinking that it is a law unto itself. London Luvvies Utd is what I call it. They all socialise with like-minded trendy lefties so they think the license payers are all like them. They aren’t and it’s not for them to say that they are superior either. If they want to run a left-wing TV station, raise risk capital and set one up. If you want to work for the BBC, abide by its charter.

    6. Ask whether leaving NATO should happen before 2050. It’s not going to happen before 2020, but I do not consider NATO to be an organisation any better than the EU now. It’s become an organisation in search of a mission, instead of being a mission-led organisation. The time has come for the new ‘Iron Curtain’ running from northern Finland through the Baltic States, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria to Istanbul, to be monitored by a Eurasian organisation, comprising the nations of Western Europe, Russia and, only if absolutely necessary, America. It’s entirely in Russia’s interests not to abuse such a situation, after all.

    I simply don’t see the point of NATO any more. Unless of course the USA wants to foment war in Europe to give another 50 years of corrupt life to its Military Industrial Complex…….

    I’m open to arguments as to what NATO could do in future, but I don’t see a role for it in a post-USA-imperialist world…..

    I’m not open to UK ‘leadership’ being defined as ‘going to war for capitalist reasons’, and I hope Boris Johnson is required to define what he means by ‘British Leadership’: it does not mean fomenting wars the world over through MI6.

    7. Fundamental reform of human rights, with regard to tax avoidance and tax evasion. I am strongly in favour of imprisonment without trial for tax avoiders, as we should not be wasting money on human rights for those who can’t be bothered to pay for the cost of it. I am strongly in favour of imprisonment for any tax avoider making any contact whatsoever with any public official, other than to facilitate the up to date payment of their taxation arrears. They should have no contact with any Government official, indeed it should be a criminal offence for any Government official to arrange any official meeting with them, nor any unofficial one which has any material impact on the formation of current or future policy. And if they are imprisoned, their assets should be stripped to pay for their stay at HM’s Pleasure. I wonder whether they would want a palatial cell or the cheapest-of-the-cheap roof over their heads in that situation??

    None of what I have said implies I am a socialist nor an 80% ‘tax them until the pips squeak’ sort of politician. It just says that whatever taxation system you have is applicable to everyone, bar none (including the Queen) and those that do not abide by it lose the fundamental rights which are underpinned by the officials paid for from the taxation receipts.

    8. Formation of a Federated UK with the maximum amount of devolution desired to the three smaller provinces, along with analogous devolution to the English Regions through currently available forms of local/regional government.

    This is the only solution I can see to the never-ending whingeing from Scotland that Westminster controls everything. By removing control from Westminster, and limiting a UK Parliament to matters solely concerning the UK, not the individual nations within the UK, the SNP will have no excuses left.

    9. Hosting of a War Crimes Court for the prosecution of anyone whose corruption, illegal manipulation of democratically controlled State machinery, warmongering or looting of the bounties of war-conquered lands renders them worthy of global odium, disgust and opprobrium.

    As the ICC won’t do this, we would go a long way to removing the legitimate complaints of various global nations by hosting such an organisation and prosecuting at least one of our own miscreants through it. Whether UK-US relations would survive a deportation order for Dick Cheney to stand trial in such an organisation would in fact be a good test as to whether The Special Relationship were worth maintaining or not.

    10. Hosting of a new ‘Forum for the Greatest Issues of Our Time’. As most of these issues are manipulated secretly by the financial powers that be (e.g. global climate, geoengineering, the future control of space etc), it is imperative that a body representing the majority of the world”s people provides equality of access to information in a timely manner, such that you do not get unaccountable guns-ho aggressive militarists and economic monopolists thinking that ‘if the US passes a law, then the whole world must abide by it’ e.g. allowing the mining of asteroids in space without anyone having ascertained who owns them.

    We are a sufficiently small country that, with good management, we can be seen as an honest broker with sufficient global networks to provide the service required. To do so would, however, require others to be assured of our diplomatic independence from the USA, Russia, China, the EU and India.

    The point of a first draft is not to be right, rather to stimulate debate, refinement and action plans being formulated.

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  4. @ rtj1211

    I might detect a trained analyst at work, lots to think about. Perhaps you are Military Staff College, a non-Common Purpose Sir Humphrey, an Academic with Global nous, a billionaire with a “Reality” gene….. whatever, a provocative and timely piece with a call to next endeavours.

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  5. Oh what fun we have here, I do like Trident, for entertainment purposes that is. Basically we spend a minimum of £90 billion for the privilege of letting Americans base nuclear missilies in our country. Let’s not kid ourselves they could be used without American permission. All of a sudden getting Mexico to build a wall doesn’t seem that daft an idea.

    I have long wondered against whom would we launch nuclear weapons against and why those without them, eg Germany, haven’t been bombed yet. The very notion that either China or Russia would start a nuclear war is ludicrous so that leaves us with our old friend ISIS/ISIL/Whatever they’re called this month making a rogue attack. Who do we bomb in revenge? Do we just pick a country at random?

    As to the EU I call peak doom scenario economically speaking. A lot of terribly important people are going to look terribly stupid when the trade agreements come as they will. those expecting that the EU will save money or cut immigration will also look stupid.

    Sorry to poop on ayones parade but we’ll get exactly the same elite driven policy as in as out.

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  6. @bill40. I see that US/Turk relations are deteriorating rapidly, and that Incirlik airbase (which is used to store 50 B1 nuclear weapons belonging to the US military) is currently effectively in the hands of the Turks.

    I’d stick with Trident.

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  7. @Chris You think the Turks could actually fire them even in the unlikely event they’d want to? Why would they target the UK in particular?

    Stuff Trident it’s pointless.

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  8. @rtj1211: ‘The Special Relationship’
    That’s the only bit I would question, well, your interpretation of it, When I think of the ‘The Special Relationship’ I think that it means we unquestionly follow Washington’s requests, and that’s where it begins and ends.

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  9. ” ….. to meet their timetable for leaving the European bloc in the early months of 2019.” Hardly what I would call a ‘quick exit’ !

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  10. trident is a super white elephant that will overrun costs as all these things do. we will end up with a pile of outdated junk that will have cost each of us thousands of pounds. the fact that destruction is no longer assured with subs. is being ignored. the power to see where the subs are at all times negates their value. if things get sticky we will have to fire first if we think opponents may fire. Why? .. because if we do not they could sink us before we fire the weapon. M.A.D. is changing to just destruction with no mutual or assured been relevant.

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  11. Oh! .. and the quick exit by 2019 must be disinformation… managing expectations to nil.. i mean if it is slow and not quick will we be out by 2050??

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  12. @rtj1211 Much in what you say is agreeable(final and minor detail important,i still think £1 for every vote,a national register to cut down corruption,PR, reduce house say 300 MP’s but i would like but unable at this time to see how they could be elected but 50 independents elected some how! second house to be elected 100 members max! this could all be done on the national level but at lower level getting rid of all quango’s but parliamentary committees to be open to all citizens to give there input only lobbying to these committees MP’s kept out the way only there to adjudicate and be representative of democracy in actually passing bills,no process in making them.
    Nato is a problem! it certainly is a unity looking for a purpose!which is dangerous in itself,like WW1 it is a parliament of treaties that is more likely to implode from one attacking another than from outside forces and is disproportionately bias against any one members interest at any one time!but what could replace it “no idea”
    Setting up of economic/Military/ etc instead of government departments that again can do the research empirical work and all can have access to giving information,it would be illegal to deny someone access to put forward there view to these councils and the personal on the council would be changed midterm of every parliament by elections!
    Your anti corruption ideas seem sound and whilst i might prefer things done alittle differently i would whole heartily support you if you stood on and for that platform in my area!

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  13. Ps get rid of the £500 democracy tax!!!!!!! and local ones so a broader and BETTER level of candidacy can be obtained!!!

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  14. The selling off by the traitorous scum in the city of ARM beggars belief , can you imagine the American’s allowing some mickey mouse Japanese bank to buy Intel , yes, in your Japanese wet dreams , even as they suggested the idea the CIA hit team would be on the way to Japan create trouble. Do they even have 24 billion dollars or is that being borrowed probably from the city of London , utter incompetence, what next a Rolls Royce sell off to the the Americans.
    Many years ago Not the Nine o’clock news did a great spoof sketch on the American Express Card add campaign, where Pamela Stevenson would smile and say their catch phrase “That’ll do nicely sir” rip open her blouse and add “and would you like to rub my tits as well”, I think our tits are being well and truly rubbed.

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  15. bill40
    Obviously you havnt worked within the MIC. There are lots and lots of daft f**kers out there. Trident may be symbolic but the outlay is peanuts compared to what we piss up the wall every year on other pointless shit. My vote would be to keep it, not a popular opinion I know but better to have it and never use it than to not have it and need it.
    Having said that it looks (on the surface anyway) that Turkey just got the best BOGOF deal in nukes ever, I wonder if they paid the Yanks anything for the pleasure…….. Or maybe just the promise of rubbing Pam’s tits? Who could resist?

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  16. If anyone really was serious about brexit, we would only be talking about trade deals after initiating Article 50.

    What is there to discuss before then ? While we are still bound by the EU contract ?

    Giving Scotland the power of veto is a sick joke. As is flogging off Arm. I would love to know who made money out of that little deal.

    Yessir “”Brexit means … er negotiating a way to xcreep back in under whatever terms are dictated.

    We will be staying in the EU at least long enough to bail out the Euro banking cartel.

    So tighten up your belts and give generously suckers.

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  17. Five minutes of reading the comments on this site immediately gives the reader an intelligence rating of 0.5 out of 10.
    Brexit, Arm and Trident are 3 current topics under discussion. Wrong, wrong and wrong equals 100% 3 out of 3 wrong.
    Very amusing if nothing else. Is this how the other half live? Well…..yes it seems so.

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  18. @hannah.. so amusing to see your offering of ….. well no thing.. i must assume you get something from promoting the EU, the boot sale of everything now the silver has gone and borrowing money for very expensive white elephants… do please put me straight if i’ve got it wrong.. do they pay you with debt?

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  19. Of course our Lords (Ladies) and Masters aren’t going to give us Brexit or even Brexit Lite! Their snouts are too deep in the trough to do that. The UK will still have to deal with the EU on all sorts of matters either directly or indirectly. Can’t exactly avoid the bloody big trading bloc right on our doorstep. And most of the rules and regs are decided at an international level above the EU, so we won’t escape our chains that easily.

    A General Election won’t make any difference either with the current politicos ‘in power’. It’s nothing but window dressing. All the electorate would do in a GE is give Them a mandate to continue robbing us blind. At the moment we don’t have a real alternative. As the saying goes, if elections made a difference they’d be banned. The Government never loses anything.

    IMO Brexit was just firing the starting gun. It is a process, not an event. The first domino to fall, followed by other ‘events’ elsewhere will eventually result in the EU not being the EU that it is today. We will either be part of the ‘two tier’ system as an associate member if TPTB can keep it together for long enough or the financial collapse will see the whole mess come apart. My money is on the second outcome.

    With JW mulling over a change in emphasis towards potential solutions, this piece on Zerohedge suggests that radical decentralisation is the only way forward.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-18/hans-hermann-hoppe-put-your-hope-radical-decentralization

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  20. H5877
    I’m sorry your intelligence rating is only 5%. Thank you for coming here anyway. You won’t be coming back.

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  21. Is it true that there is an American officer on board each Trident sub who has a code, known only to them, which is needed to launch the missiles?

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