Wednesday, 11 September 2019

It says here

Bill Bragg wrote these in 1983:

It says here that the Unions will never learn
It says here that the economy is on the upturn
And it says here we should be proud
That we are free
And our free press reflects our democracy

Those braying voices on the right of the House
Are echoed down the Street of Shame
Where politics mix with bingo and tits
In a money and numbers game

Where they offer you a feature
On stockings and suspenders
Next to a call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders

It says here that this year's prince is born
It says here do you ever wish
That you were better informed
And it says here that we can only stop the rot
With a large dose of Law and Order
And a touch of the short sharp shock

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they'd rather you believed
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress

When you wake up to the fact
That your paper is Tory
Just remember, there are two sides to every story

If your dail paper did not lead on the fact that three Scottish High Court judges ruled that the Prime Minister and senior members of the Privy Council gave the Queen unlawful advice: they lied. Then I would suggest you need to get a new paper, or get your news from elsewhere. This is the biggest constitutional crisis since Eward VIII abdicated. The Queen has been politicised and in a way that was against the law.

The legal advice given to the Queen was incorrect, and those who gave it should now be writing their resignation letters.

Newspapers that lead with the PM lying to the Queen:

The Daily Mirror (though hidden behind a wrap-round ad).
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The Guardian lead with Ministers forced to publish Operation Yellowhammer documents (though not the whole document)
The Times lads with news that the PM was breaking another law in not releasing key documents that lead up to Parliament being suspended.
The Torybraph leads with a way back into the party was being planned for the 21 grandees expelled last week.4
The Express on news that Johnson won't do an electoral pact with Farrage.
An the Mail leads with another NHS scare story.

Make of all this, what you will.

But I suspect the news today will be another avalanche, that in normal times, each one would be earthshattering.

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