Thursday, October 26, 2006

Truthiness

Truthiness

The Americans have a word for it 'Truthiness'it means something that you really wish was true and that if you bury your head in the sand and keep saying it to yourself it may turn out to be true, good examples of ‘Truthiness’ are George Dubya saying that things are going ok in Iraq, that global warming is just a figment of an overheated left wing imagination, Truthiness is when you spin the facts to such an extent that although they might not be able to be pinned down as outright lies, the way they are presented is such that they do not reflect the reality of the situation they describe in any way that can be described as accurate or honest.

An excellent example of ‘Truthiness’ Comes I’m ashamed to say from myself, I drink too much sometimes; and the excuses I give myself for being able to continue drinking with a ‘clear conscience’ are as unbelievable as they are ‘truthy’

“Well there is only one can left in the pack, it would be dumb to put that small amount away ‘I might as well drink it” (It wouldn’t be dumb at all, you put the milk bottle back with three drops left in it !)

“There’s no milk for coffee, I’ll have to have a can of beer instead, (go and buy some milk you lazy sod!)

Truthiness though, shouldn’t be a bigger part of my life than I let it though! It’s bad enough me doing it to myself, without the people around me who are after all supposed to be our trusted representatives, the most sensible honest and reliable members of our society doing it to me!

The people we voted to represent us

But I hear it all around me, the governments idea that cutting people’s benefit off; will magically make jobs appear for them, where there were non before. they call it 'Helping people back to work' I call it 'Truthiness'.

Monday, October 23, 2006

"Superb in attack"

It seems at the moment that the Tory’s are all over the web, the left wing and the Labour party in particular seems to be lagging behind; in a medium that they should have made sure was their strong suit.

All the best political blogs are Tory, Ian Dale Guido Fawkes etc etc, even such proudly unreconstructed MP’s as Anne Widdecome not only has her own blog but a ’Widdecam’ too, then of course there’s 18 Doughty street, what has Labour got to even come close?

David Cameron’s web cast was famously parodied lately, but the whole incident reeked of sour grapes, there’s no getting around it the right wing has stolen the new media and made it their bitch, It’s as if the left’s missed a meeting somewhere.

This all goes to Illustrate what’s long been known about the Tories the only way to deal with them is to keep them on the back foot, once they build up a head of steam they become unstoppable, the right are; and always were (Iforget who said it but it wasn't recently) superb in attack mode, it was only a few months ago they themselves were talking of wining not this coming election but possibly the one after that, now they are 6 -4 to win this one!

If Gordon can’t match David during PMQ’s then basically we’re fucked.

Friday, October 20, 2006

politics with knobs on

The rising tide of religious fundamentalism is threatening to engulf us, everyone seems obsessed, Bush preaches about being “in the ideological struggle of the 21st century” whilst Dick Cheney exhorts us that “The hopes of the civilized world ride with us”.

It’s a shame they’re not safely tucked away in some back-woods pulpit where you might expect to hear such dumb overheated nonsense, unfortunately for us they’re sitting behind desks in the most powerful political offices in the world.

What’s worse; they seem to be locked into a kind of apocalyptic struggle with an equally powerful yet lame brained opposition, with no hope of a happy or peaceful ending from either side.

The real shame is that they are trying to sell us something we don’t need, like good advertising men; we didn’t know we needed the product they’re selling until they told us we did.

They talk about this empty spiritual craving felt by all those without faith, as if our lives are empty vacuous and worthless without it, the need for this mythical greater love which frankly I don’t feel at all, the advantages of Gods love is, considering he never appears or makes his presence felt in any way at all an easy thing to promise people, if we feel the need to praise and worship something or someone, (as some of us surely do) why not worship our children, spouses, and families, nature, and the wonder of the cosmos. Or will that mean that we’ll have to face up to the reality of the environment and the state of the world, (largely inflicted on us by – you’ve guessed it…religion). Oh well nearly time for prayers.