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Has Britain Gone Mad? Part 465

One of the things that irritates me about the “conservative” newspapers (The Daily Mail, the Express, etc) is their constant trivialisation of the political agenda in favour of mock-outrage. Take, for example, the front cover of the Daily Express today, which features the headline “Now marriage is a dirty word: It is banned at register offices”.

Political correctness gone mad, you might think. Except of course that it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, it’s simply a bit of cost saving. Since the Civil Partnerships Act, register offices now deal with both civil partnerships and marriages, and rather than have two sets of leaflets printed out (at great cost to the taxpayer) they’re tending to consolidate by using the word “ceremony” to describe both.

I always thought that conservative newspapers were in favour of saving taxpayers money, but it seems that getting a “shocking” (and untruthful) headline is more important.

This seems like a small point, but in fact it demonstrates just how shoddy the opposition to Labour in the newspapers actually is. While the government is eroding traditional civil liberties – latest scheme, compulsory eviction of “troublemakers” even if they own their homes – it seems crazy that newspapers simply make up nonsense like this to create outrage.

This government is the most authoritarian in modern British history, and is putting us well on the path to a geniune police state – and yet all the loudest oppositional voices can come up with is to complain that “marriage is a banned word”.

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  • http://speirs.org Fraser Speirs

    I agree 1000%. There’s far too many important things going on to worry about stupid crap like this. The possibility of a police state is all too real.

  • http://www.jonathanbaldwin.co.uk Jonathan

    While I agree with the main point, can I just say that as someone who has suffered immensely (physically and mentally) from the appalling behaviour of neighbours who seem to think running a nightclub at all hours of the day and night is their perfect right, that the idea of being able to have them evicted – own home or not – is a bloody sure vote winner for me!

  • http://www.plasticbag.org Tom Coates

    Yeah but the problem is that most of the draconian measures being instituted by the Labour government are the kinds of things that the Conservative papers weirdly don’t have a problem with. The idea of civil liberties to them seems like a mad leftie idea, because the liberties in question are ones that benefit the vulnerable rather than the mainstream. Rights to kill burglars, hunt and discriminate are the only ones that The Express and the Mail care about. They’re in /favour/ of evicting nasty badly behaved common people from their houses! I don’t think it’s any mistake that it’s the more left of centre papers that have the more biting critiques – because very few of these policies are in any way left-wing.

  • http://www.plasticbag.org Tom Coates

    Yeah but the problem is that most of the draconian measures being instituted by the Labour government are the kinds of things that the Conservative papers weirdly don’t have a problem with. The idea of civil liberties to them seems like a mad leftie idea, because the liberties in question are ones that benefit the vulnerable rather than the mainstream. Rights to kill burglars, hunt and discriminate are the only ones that The Express and the Mail care about. They’re in /favour/ of evicting nasty badly behaved common people from their houses! I don’t think it’s any mistake that it’s the more left of centre papers that have the more biting critiques – because very few of these policies are in any way left-wing.

  • Andrew Stagg

    I agree 100%, if you wan’t a lighter view of this sort of thing, have a look at http://www.bonkersbritain.com