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Fair and balanced reporting from Pravda.

Following on from Pravda’s view of David Cameron, I came across another article giving us the brilliance of Gordon Brown, the dim and uneducated British people and the biased and unfair UK press. Not to mention a “prissy, stuck up conniving upstart”. Yes really.

The article is written by Pravda’s UK correspondent John Whitehouse who, I would imagine, is somewhat left of centre in his political views although you should, of course, make your own mind up after reading the following :

The article starts off fairly enough with a bit of humour :

Meet Batman (Nick Clegg) and Robin (David Cameron). Who? No really, read on. Right! The dynamic duo is now in charge of Westminster. The problem is that inside their own ranks may be lurking the Riddler, the Joker and a Pandora’s Box of problems facing two inexperienced politicians and parties at a time of potential catastrophic challenges, not least the fact that Robin is convinced he’s Batman.

Then goes straight for the throat with the next paragraph :

After 13 years, New Labour ran out of steam. Well not actually, but that is the perception among the British electorate, a fickle collection of wannabe opinion makers, bigots and know-it-alls who in fact do not vote for policy but rather, who looks good on the box. Those who worked in and around polling stations were shocked to hear comments like “Who are we voting for?”, or “I have to ask my husband which way we’re voting this time”, or “It’s to see who substitutes the Queen, right?”, or “I know! It’s to see if we enter Europe, isn’t it?”.

This is not to say that all the electorate was composed of such buffoons, but that these people represent substantially more than one might imagine, yes, for sure.

OK, so we are mostly stupid here and need to be told who to vote for. Sounds familiar doesn’t it if you think about previous Russian single candidate elections. That must be where we are going wrong.

Next, we move on to our glorious, brilliant, hero leader who saved us all from financial problems elsewhere (to paraphrase the article) as well as a dig at our fickle free press who have the temerity to say things that don’t support the party line :

Gordon Brown

After 13 years of handling the economy well, making sure that Britain avoided much of the turbulence affecting the rest of the world economy and affecting people across the globe, Gordon Brown has decided to resign and leave British politics. One thing is certain: in the political sphere, you have your bag packed from the day you take office. Chancellor for 13 years and Prime Minister for around three, Gordon Brown went as far as he could in his area of excellence (economy) and choice (politics).

Acclaimed as a hero on the international stage for his handling of the world economic crisis and suggestions for recapitalization of the markets, a policy followed everywhere else, a horrific and very unprofessional subjective British media hounded him out of office just because New Labour had ceased to become media worthy. However, he left his mark on British and world politics.

Hero my arse!

Anyway, moving on to our intrepid duo (Clegg and Cameron – emphasis mine) :

Who are the dynamic duo?

David Cameron was born in 1966 in the heart of a well-to-do family and after graduating from Oxford University, he became an advisor to the Tory Prime Minister John Major. From 1994 to 2001 he was head of PR at Carlton TV before becoming MP for the Conservative Party in the constituency of Witney. He held several Shadow Ministerial posts from 2003 to 2005, including Shadow Minister for Education. In 2005, he became leader of the party. Since then he has appeared as a prissy, stuck-up, conniving and scheming political upstart, seeming like the sort who would sell out everything for the reward of power.

He has it. Let us now see him self-destruct spectacularly as he runs up against a far superior partner-in-politics. Clegg.

Nick Clegg. Born in 1967, also with a silver spoon in his mouth, Nick Clegg studied at Cambridge University before working as a journalist for the Financial Times in Hungary after winning the David Thomas Prize in 1993. The following year he started working in the European Commission, namely the TACIS aid program to the former USSR, being responsible for aid programmes in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He then was invited by Leon Brittan, Vice President and Trade Commissioner to head his office as EU policy adviser and speech writer. Nick Clegg was head of the EC negotiating team acting on handling the accession of the PR China and the Russian Federation to the World Trade Organization.

Nothing like fair and balanced reporting unclouded by personal views is there, especially when you see the final flourish :

And this man is going to serve under the lightweight “I also know a black person actually” David Cameron?

I do actually find the article quite surprising, even by Pravda’s standards. Although the articles always have a very strong hint of political bias they are usually filled with much less personal invective. I find this one more worthy of a blog post than an article from a large media organisation.

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