It’s the sheer infantilism of it that offends. The BBC glowingly reports that…
US President Barack Obama has said there is an “emerging consensus” that European countries must now focus on growing t
he State and the number of State workersjobs and growth.
Speaking after the G8 summit of some of the world’s leading economies, he said the US was confident that Europe can meet its challenges. President Obama said leaders had made good progress on a range of issues.
Obama said the meeting had been a success.
Well, when it comes to growth, Obama speaks with authority, having grown US National Debt by 50%. Still, that’s a mere trivial detail for the BBC so moving on…
The BBC’s Paul Adams at Camp David says both that communique and Mr Obama’s speech showed the US and French position had won out over Germany and Britain’s pro-austerity stance.
I wonder what “won over” means, Mr Adams? I heard Merkel state that Greece must honour the financial commitments it has made. Is that an example of a chastised German leader. I think that the BBC is running with the meme that “growth” (uncontrolled State spending, borrowing and taxing”) is the way forward and they will use this to beat poor hapless Cameron over the head between now and 2015. In the meantime, Balls and Miliband are now pretending that Labour did NOT wreck the economy and that “growth” is their favoured policy. This cannot end happily but the BBC are quite prepared to to look under the petticoats of this growth phantasm lest they catch a glimpse of the financial recklessness that dare not speak its name.
I had posted this in another thread, but it’s just as relevant here. The alternative news story from the Huffington Post is a much more balanced account that doesn’t spin the growth message, see here
When you read the contrasting accounts it’s amazing that the BBC can even consider itself a heavyweight news organisation. If I were the BBC editor responsible I’d be embarrassed at the quality in comparison to the competition. Aaah, but I forgot there is no competition because of their £3bn per year funding and of course their real job is to promote Labour.
Why are the Tory party going along with this line? Why is no-one on the right challenging the BBC and DC’s absurd views? I was going to call it Euro-orthodoxy, but it’s not even that any longer. With a bit of luck the hard left will win in Greece and default. What will DC do then? Does the BBC have a big enough stock of inco-pads?
It is nothing short of gobsmacking that people in Britain can’t see how quickly we could become another Greece (they obviously can’t or Labour wouldn’t have such a lead in the polls). Growth is very desirable, of course (the genuine sort, not the state borrowing/spending sort), but is a very poor second to reducing the deficit. Unless we all begin to understand the basic economics of our plight (over to you, Dave and George), a large chunk of the country will continue to believe we can get out of this mess austerity-free.
Johnny, please consider that any poor showing by the Conservative Party may not be entirely connected with the economy. Support for Daves party is flooding away ( I was going to say haemorrhaging but cant spell it) to UKIP.
Dave has abandoned his core vote to occupy what he sees as the middle ground. Once again the tories will use that scare tactic at the next GE that a ukip voye lets in Labour. It aint going to work this time, his core voters have had enough of the con tricks used before. Already millipede has moved to speak first on a possible EU referendum. It’s a ploy of course but he has upstaged Dave once again. If they cant defuse the UKIP vote they are toast at the next GE and thereafter.
Just saying thats all.
answers on a post card please to BBC TV centre.
Off topic but is anyone willing to count the amount of times the BBC speaks to Jim Swire today? So far they’ve had him on the phone twice but i’m pretty sure they’ll be flying him down to the studio to once again try and convince us that it wasn’t Libyan agents who planted the lockerbie bomb. They will of course have no other ‘guests’ on apart from Jim because only Jim Swire carries the messege they want everyone to hear. The BBC really do make fox news look fair and balanced!
The power of the seductive lie “Focus on Growth”. I expect the neighbourhood crack addict has the same line when his dealer come around for the money. “Don’t think about payment of debts man, Focus on Growth” . It is a ridiculous narrative, totally implausible unless you have zero understanding of the economy. Nobody wants “austerity” (new term for paying your bills) Simples, Focus on Growth, while strangling the real economy by sucking the life out of it. As always, Socialism, paid for by Capitalism.
Love the BBCs presumption regarding this emerging consensus of theirs.
Germany stumps up for all the Euroflop nations…until Obama gets re-elected, and then the Eurotroika can do what the hell it likes from Brussels.
And so long as the BBC get their salaries and can still push babies out of A&E to get things deep from up their bottoms without going all BUPA on us…there`s no problem dahling!
Good to know Alistair has finally got it all sorted out…long learning curve from 1997-2010 wasn`t it?
Obama is trying to dictate to the people of Europe that it is in their interest to remain inside the E.U.
Viewing from the White House, no doubt Obama thinks that such an arrangement will politically suit his Administration.
But all the peoples of all the nations of Europe should not be subservient to the interests of Obama, nor to the E.U. bureaucrats, who are intent on ending national sovereignty, and pushing for full political union.
A next step is the full Islamisation of the E.U through the entry of 80 million Muslim Turks.
“Europe finally awakes from its utopian dream.
A defiant Angela Merkel is doing no more than defending the interests of her own electorate.”
(by Janet DALEY).
Meanwhile at NATO summit in Chicago, BBC-Democrat’s chums, ‘Occupy’ are not being very consensual.
‘FOX NEWS’ –
“Authorities grapple with protests, threats, website disruption at NATO summit”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/20/protesters-prepare-for-anti-nato-demonstration-in-chicago/#ixzz1vRhFIDva
“‘Eat the Rich and Smash the State!’: Up to 1,000 Protesters March Through Chicago.”
“Israel not invited to NATO summit after Turkish veto”
Growth? What the hell are they talking about?
Recovery? Just 16 States Have Gained Jobs Under Obama
ust 16 states have seen job growth since President Obama took office, according to state employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The remaining states have lost a combined 1.4 million jobs since January 2009.
Even 34 months after the recession officially ended in June 2009, there are still 11 states that have fewer people working now than at the start of the recovery.
Meanwhile, 20 states have unemployment rates at or above 8%, including nine with unemployment at 9% or higher, according to the BLS.
There’s an accompanying graphic showing the top five and worst five States in job creation. No surprise that California is way last, and that Texas is far out front. But there are two States which seem on the surface to contradict the non-Left point of view: New York in the black and New Jersey in the red.
The article I linked to doesn’t say, but I do know that despite Gov. Christie’s efforts to reign in spending and fix the debt, he still hasn’t been able (or just hasn’t bothered, I don’t know which) to reduce regulations and high individual income taxes enough to make the State more business friendly. He also hasn’t been able to stop the damn unions from letting workers “retire” and then rehiring them for a slightly different job while
they still collect full whack for their original job. Although maybe I should give him some credit since New Jersey is now ranked 5th-worst in the country when it used to be 3rd-worst! But he’s now under investigation for letting his own staff pull this crap. Serves him right, I say.
New York has Manhattan and Wall Street and some other stuff, but let’s not get too excited since it takes a mere 100 jobs added in one month (FFS!) to be ranked in the top five in the nation. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but I think that pretty much sums it up. Don’t trust the BBC on US issues.