Opposing somebodies position because they hold it hypocritically is generally a weak point: the reality of climate change is wholly unaffected by whether or not Al Gore flies or not. However, with Paul Dacre ignoring his rampant inconsistency is impossible because it’s close to his defining characteristic.
Dacre starts by complaining that:
Out in the real world, it was a pretty serious week for news. The US was on the brink of budget default, a British court heard how for two years social workers failed to detect the mummified body of a four-year-old starved to death by his mother, and it was claimed that the then Labour health secretary had covered up unnecessary deaths in a NHS hospital six months before the election.
In contrast, the phoney world of Twitter, the London chatterati and left-wing media was gripped 10 days ago by collective hysteria as it became obsessed round-the-clock by one story – a five-word headline on page 16 in the Daily Mail.
Clearly we should all have been focussing on big issues like the the front page story in yesterday’s Mail about Sally Bercow’s ‘Tramp Stamp.’
Then he wheels out this piece of paranoia.
So it was that, in a virtually unprecedented move, we published his words at the top of our op ed pages. They were accompanied by an abridged version of the original Levy article and a leader explaining why the Mail wasn’t apologising for the points it made.
The hysteria that followed is symptomatic of the post-Leveson age in which any newspaper which dares to take on the left in the interests of its readers risks being howled down by the Twitter mob who the BBC absurdly thinks represent the views of real Britain.
As the week progressed and the hysteria increased, it became clear that this was no longer a story about an article on Mr Miliband’s Marxist father but a full-scale war by the BBC and the left against the paper that is their most vocal critic.
Orchestrating this bile was an ever more rabid Alastair Campbell. Again, fair-minded readers will wonder why a man who helped drive Dr David Kelly to his death, was behind the dodgy Iraq war dossier and has done more to poison the well of public discourse than anyone in Britain is given so much air-time by the BBC.
But the BBC’s blood lust was certainly up. Impartiality flew out of the window. Ancient feuds were settled. Not to put too fine a point on things, we were right royally turned over.
So we have one of the most powerful men in Britain, who edits the second most read paper in the country and the most read news website in the world, complaining about how persecuted he is. I venture to suggest that the genuinely powerless groups like asylum seekers, gypsies etc. who the Daily Mail victimises who should really feel persecuted.
Oh and his explanation for the Mail’s ‘persecution’ is equally paranoid:
It is that the Mail constantly dares to stand up to the liberal-left consensus that dominates so many areas of British life and instead represents the views of the ordinary people who are our readers and who don’t have a voice in today’s political landscape and are too often ignored by today’s ruling elite.
The metropolitan classes, of course, despise our readers with their dreams (mostly unfulfilled) of a decent education and health service they can trust, their belief in the family, patriotism, self-reliance, and their over-riding suspicion of the state and the People Who Know Best.
These people mock our readers’ scepticism over the European Union and a human rights court that seems to care more about the criminal than the victim. They scoff at our readers who, while tolerant, fret that the country’s schools and hospitals can’t cope with mass immigration.
In other words, these people sneer at the decent working Britons – I’d argue they are the backbone of this country – they constantly profess to be concerned about.
The truth is that there is an unpleasant intellectual snobbery about the Mail in leftish circles, for whom the word ‘suburban’ is an obscenity. They simply cannot comprehend how a paper that opposes the mindset they hold dear can be so successful and so loved by its millions of readers.
These readers that Dacre is apparently so concerned for are the same ones that it routinely misleads on a whole host of issues with its terrible journalism. We might also observe what a narrow subsection of the people in this country count as ‘decent working Britons.’ Muslims, migrants, uppity women (like Sallow Bercow), uppity working class people, gays, people who don’t work (expect of course for retirees), posh people, young people and those with progressive views on any subject.
What made the Ralph Miliband even this small subsection of the population has had its sense of decency offended by lying about a dead man.