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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Election - Press Parodies Itself

Now that the dust has settled and the smug smiles of satisfaction are spreading across all those right-leaning politicos for whom giving a crap about anyone less fortunate than themselves is a thought that is not allowed to enter, our free and fearless press has allowed itself a brief moment of celebration. For some headline writers, this has been the excuse to abandon moderation and go totally gaga.
Yes, you remaining hostile press cheppies sit over thyah in the corner and know your place! Jolly good sheow!!

Having Young Dave and his jolly good chaps back in power, and with a majority - never mind that it’s a smaller one than “Shagger” Major got in 1992 - has gone to their heads rather more rapidly than downing several pints of something very strong in a very short period of time, with the result that several titles look like parodies of themselves this morning - and have given the game away on their real agenda.
Reverse ferreting in no style at all was the Express, which told readers “Cameron: I’ll make Britain greater still … THE SWEETEST VICTORY OF ALL”. Yes, Dave would build on, er, losing our credit rating, making an arse of himself in Europe and elsewhere, and covering it all up with a veneer of PR. And the paper bringing this news to you manages not to let slip that a few days ago it was urging readers to vote for UKIP.
But this was a mere taster: the Murdoch Times, also proclaiming “The ‘sweetest victory’”, projected the intense relief of its owner that he and his pals could carry on exactly as before, perhaps even looking forward to dusting off that bid for 100% of BSkyB and cheering on the Tories as they laid into the hated BBC. And Dave had better remember not to revisit Leveson if he knew what was good for him.
The Mail pretended that its part in the election was merely to reflect what its readers wanted, a favourite claim of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre. “How Middle England rose up to humiliate pollsters and save the nation from Red Ed … THIS WAS YOUR VICTORY” thundered the headline, while reality was that Dacre, too, was relieved that he was still able to frighten folks into voting as he instructed.
But the pièce de résistance came from the Telegraph, which threw caution to the wind as its hacks and pundits experienced the rapture: “The chosen one” it announced to a grateful readership. For the Tel, Cameron had been selected by some deity to rule over his jolly grateful subjects. He was superior even to a football manager. We had been privileged to share in a veritably biblical experience. Jolly good sheow!

The message that is also clear behind the headlines, of course, is that the press can behave as it has done, and the Tories will do nothing about it. That is at the heart of the unwritten compact between the Fourth Estate and the new Government. We’ve seen you right Dave, now leave us well alone or we might not be there when you need us. Cameron has won the freedom of a majority, but is now a prisoner of his cheerleaders.

And they can turn on him at any time. You don’t believe that, Dave? Ask John Major.


Arnold said...

From today's edition "Mail is the UK's most influential newspaper"
Note the implication that this is a good thing. If you stop to wonder who really benefits from readers being influenced, you're obviously thinking to hard.

Rivo said...

It's amazing how the right wing press are spinning this as a huge victory for the Tories, despite them having only the slenderest of majorities...