ALL IN THE EYES…

I was reading this item by Nick Robinson. In essence, he argues that the Coalition is using the Eurozone crisis to cloak a failure in its own policies for conjuring up “economic growth”. Robinson parrots the ludicrous Labour attack line with delight and I was amused by his suggestion that…

“When I put it to George Osborne last week that the eurozone crisis was politically convenient for him, he replied vigorously to the effect that nothing could be less true. His eyes told a different story. The chancellor knows that were it not for the crisis in Athens and Rome he would now be facing questions about the failure of the private sector to replace the jobs being cut from the public sector and demands for a plan for growth.”

What cuts in the public sector, Nick? And why has the private sector any obligation to provide “growth”? The BBC is constantly repeating the meme that Private enterprise is failing to step up to the plate and create employment. Just listen to THIS interview on Today earlier, again a relentless repetition of theme. Wonder why the BBC never wonders if increased taxation combined with increased red tape bureaucracy on business might be a restraining factor in “growth”? The BBC seems wistful for the golden days when Gordon was in power and all was well with our economy, I understand tractor production was at an all-time high.
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27 Responses to ALL IN THE EYES…

  1. Span Ows says:

    When you read what Balls says you realise what an utter twat he is and why the UK came so close to the edge…

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  2. matthew rowe says:

    I tried to think of something clever and witty but sorry Robinson is a utter arse and liar, he covered up for B-loons bullying and stood by while the head of a charity that spoke out was ripped on  by his mates ! the man is a partisan coward who once may have  spoken to a Tory when he was at uni so now he is the B-BBC’S token wetter than a haddock -righty  so they keep telling us pmsl !

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  3. DJ says:

    Now that Gypsy Rose Robinson has taken up mind reading, instead of reporting stuff people have actually said, can we at least have a moritorium on the whole ‘multiple layers of fact-checking’ thing?

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  4. Umbongo says:

    In one sense Robinson is correct in that the eurozone crisis allows politicians (in this case, Osborne) to take credit for matters over which they had no influence whatsoever.  However, the bias is blatant in that Brown was able – with the more than willing connivance of the BBC – to lay the blame for the 2008 collapse on the US and those wicked bankers: the regulators/policians got (and get) the (usual) free pass from Broadcasting House.

    Osborne and Cameron congratulate themselves that we’re not in the euro whereas, I’d bet £100 to a jam tart, had Osborne been chancellor at the time (rather than the then lunatic in office) he’d have been first in the queue to sign up.  Remember, until only 2 years ago Osborne’s “big policy” was to share the proceeds of (imaginary) growth with the taxpayer – thanks George!  Not that I give much cedit to the lunatic since the only reason he didn’t sign up was that he was out to obstruct and annoy Blair wherever and whenever he could.

    However – coming back to the BBC’s narrative – none of the BBC’s commentators (that I have heard) mentions that public expenditure has increased substantially since May 2010 and shows no sign of coming down.  This is financed by increased taxation, increased borrowing and inflation.  In that scenario why should the private sector be expected to invest/take on more employees?  This point was hardly touched on in a “surprise, surprise” item on Today discussing the latest report by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development telling us that in the present uncertainty (combined with increasing red tape – also AFAIAA not mentioned) private employers are holding back from creating new jobs.

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Exactly right, Umbongo.  “It all started in America” worked just fine for the BBC when Labour was in charge.

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      • john in cheshire says:

        And slightly off-topic, but does anyone else remember the smug sneering attitude of the EU leaders towards the financial crisis : it’s an Anglo-Saxon problem, we in Euroland haven’t been affected by it. Well, that was the biggest lie of them all; they’re probably more affected than Anglo-Saxon land.

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        • David Preiser (USA) says:

          The Saxon half seems to have gotten it right…..

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          • john in cheshire says:

            David, just to be sure I’m not being stupid, the EU lot refer to the USA and the UK as the Anglo-Saxons.

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            • Richard Pinder says:

              You can’t blame the Anglo-Saxons for the decline in fortunes, as they have become a minority in the USA, with even the President of the USA representing an ethnic symbol of a nations decline. Even the riots in England only had about one third of rioters coming from the indigenous Anglo-Saxon population, and they where almost all from the criminal class. That is why their were no riots in the hideously white cities in Britain.

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      • Umbongo says:

        DP

        It’s worse than that:  although the narrative bleat is that “it started in America”, the narrative has effectively written out the bit about Clinton and the Community Reinvestment Act by which banks in the US were compelled to lend to people who were not credit-worthy.

        BTW I wonder what happened to the $173 million give-away loans made (or at least promised) by Chicago banks under pressure from this community activist http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/17/us/gale-cincotta-72-opponent-of-biased-banking-policies.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm .  I also wonder if the activist in question – Gale Cincotta – ever worked with/knew any well-known over-promoted Chicago community organizers.

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        • David Preiser (USA) says:

          True. The destructive behavior of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buying up all those bad mortgages – driven by top Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, as well as others – is never highlighted by the BBC. All they ever see is greedy bankers.

          Although Clinton didn’t start the Community Reinvestment Act: he took it to the next level.

          I don’t know if Cincotta ever knew or worked with the Community Organizer in Chief, but last year, after ACORN imploded, the National People’s Action vowed to pick up where ACORN left off.  Draw your own conclusions.

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      • LJ says:

        I remember it well, when ‘Crash’ gordon spoke before the UK or Europeans, he referred to the crisis coming from America, when he spoke in the UK he referred to an ‘international’ crisis. Fact is it came from him. US banks lobbied Clinton to repeal the Glass-Steagall act becuse the UK banking laws under Gordon and the FSA were so lax that we took all their business.

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  5. Grant says:

    I’ll ask it again.  Exactly how many public sector “workers” have been made redundant under the current Government ?

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    • matthew rowe says:

      Good point as far as I can tell there is still 6 lazy bustards on the bin truck when it puts in one of it’s few appearances same as last year so no cut’s then even in one of the poorest and most corrupt local areas !!

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    • Umbongo says:

      Grant

      According to the tables available here http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-223952 public sector employment fell by about 110,000 during the second quarter of this year.  However, in context, the same tables show that from 1999 until the end of the second quarter of 2011, public employment grew by about 594,000 (from 5.4 million to 6.0 million).  I think we can take it that, unless proved otherwise, that increase in employment resulted in no extra benefit to anybody except the public employees themselves and the politicians who threw the private sector’s money at them.

      In that same 12-year period private sector employment grew by 1.46 million and the relative percentages of public/private employment stayed more or less at 20/80.

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      • Span Ows says:

        110 thouand fom 6 million is less than 2%, surely “natural causes” (retirement, emigration, illness, death, reality check) counts for most/all of that drop?

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  6. cjhartnett says:

    Who` d have thought that a foreskin could perch a pair of glasses on itself?
    With Red Robbos bottle tops…I`d not trust too much in what he says he saw…if I need eyes/hearts and minds looked into by tax-funded hacks; I`d ask anybody else but Old Nick

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  7. Craig says:

    His eyes told a different story.

    Nick Robinson turns into Barbara Cartland. 

    BBC journalism sinks to another new low.

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    • john in cheshire says:

      Or the Little Britain parody of her. Perhaps the sketch was based on Mr Robinson after all.

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      • Jeff Waters says:

        Mr Robinson is wasted at the BBC.  
         
        Scotland Yard should employ him to watch videos of suspects being questioned.  Just by looking at their eyes, he could tell whether they were lying!  
         
        What an amazing gift!  I bet he’s a demon poker player!  
         
        Jeff

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  8. Cassandra King says:

    His eyes told a different story.

    A new tactic for beeboids, they find the answers to lifes mysteries by looking into the eyes, not around the eyes but into the eyes.

    Pehaps its just me but eyes dont usually tell stories, the mouth does that job quite nicely, obviously if you are a beeboid desperate to peddle labour talking points and propaganda then why not stop at the shifty eyes? Body language, lie detecters, micro expressions might help and if all else fails then a touch of waterboarding?

    My political and ideological enemy said one thing but his ears went red and he tapped his feet, case closed m’lud guilty as charged. Only in beeboid land eh?

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  9. Demon1001 says:

    It’s very clever really.  From now on, if the “enemy” – i.e. Conservatives, don’t give the answers that the BBC want all they have to say is “The eyes told me he was lying”.

    That way the “enemy” are damned whatever they say, or even if they say nothing.  Tricky little oilpatch is our Nick.

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  10. grangebank says:

    But private enterprise IS creating thousands of jobs -; in China , India etc.

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  11. Jeff Waters says:

    I complained to the BBC. From their response it seems they credit Mr Robinson with the ability to read someone’s mind by looking at their eyes:

    ‘Nick Robinson is an experienced journalist who knows Mr Osborne very well. Journalism is not always just about the words that are spoken but how they are spoken, and that includes the body language that accompanies them. As a Political Editor, Nick Robinson is there to tell the news stories, but also to give his expert judgement. Based on all the above, he did so.’

    Jeff

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    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      Based on all the above, he did so.’  

      Awesome. 

      ‘Based on what we believe, we got it about right. Again’.

      Neat precedent. See how that plays when a Tory pol or a Murdoch tries it.

      I have a simialr complaint yet to be answered. They try that, it gets booted upstairs.

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