“True, Mr Bloom may have spoken injudiciously, but ...” says Daily Mail Comment, the authentic voice of the Vagina Monologue, this morning. Yes, as I noted yesterday after Stephen “Miserable Git” Glover asserted that Bloom had spoken for the well-known Mail device, the silent majority, Godfrey Bloom was not merely another UKIP “fruitcake”, he was only telling “the truth”.
And to demonstrate this “truth” to the Daily Mail’s readers, those who are frightened and credulous enough to not only pay money for the paper, but also believe what it tells them, has come “As Cameron attacks 'Bongo Bongo' MEP... How £1billion of your cash is being used to help Nigeria join the space race”. Yes, those corrupt colonials are taking YOUR money and spraying it up the wall!
How so? “Nigeria is spending millions to put a man into space – as Britain hands it more than £1billion in foreign aid. The oil-rich country, which has accepted £300million this year alone, has set in train ambitious plans to launch its own rockets. And the first Nigerian astronauts are being trained to join Russian, Chinese or American missions within the next two years”.
And there are critics, well, there’s rent-a-quote Tory MP Philip Davies, and Jonathan Isaby from the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance, telling that “Taxpayers find it especially unacceptable when their money is sent abroad as aid to developing countries which then somehow find sufficient cash to fund the likes of a space programme”. You went and asked a few taxpayers, Jonathan? No, thought not.
So you should, by now, be really, really annoyed, and if you’re not, along comes Michael Burleigh, another creative re-teller of the past, to pontificate “A country so corrupt it would be better to burn our aid money”. It would? “Frankly, we might as well flush our cash away or burn it for all the good it’s doing for ordinary Nigerians”. By now, the average Mail reader will be convinced.
And if not, there is always Daily Mail Comment to stiffen their backbone: “The country’s political class is among the most corrupt on Earth – starving its citizens while growing rich by siphoning off its vast oil revenues. Yet the UK is handing Nigeria double the £500million ministers scraped together yesterday to try to prevent a winter crisis in our own A&E departments”.
Yeah, we’re handing all that money to those corrupt Africans! Or maybe not: buried at the end of the Mail’s article, where most of the readers won’t see it as they will have already made up their minds, is this comment from the Government: “No UK aid money goes through the Nigerian government. Our investment goes into specific health, education and poverty reduction programmes”.
So the Mail is just indulging in shit stirring once again. No change there, then.