The Guardian's Greatest Hits

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The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 05 Jun 2013, 21:14

This thread is dedicated to our favourite Guardian articles, whether they be out of touch, biased beyond belief or astoundingly hypocritical.

This one, from the new children's laureate Malorie Blackman, is all three.

There have been a lot of articles about her in the Guardian this week. She calls for more multiculturalism and diversity in the school curriculum, but at the same time pushes for books and changes to the school curriculum based entirely on the fact that the main characters or protagonists in question are of the same colour as she is.

The references to being black are on show right from the first paragraph almost right until the end. Blackman is an award-winning author who appears to have a successful adult life, but constantly hammers home a message about being hard done by by not seeing any black characters on the front cover of books whilst growing up in a country that at the time won't have been more than 1% black.

Blackman makes the obligatory references to the pain of being descended from slaves transported hundreds of years before she was born, the 'shocking' racism she experienced as a child, and shoehorns in two mentions of the Stephen Lawrence case, then rails against how her black classmates were undervalued at school, how her teachers were racist and that she learnt to distrust authority.

If there were no comments sections on these articles I would think there were still large sections of the public somewhere out there who were sympathetic to these massively over-the-top sob stories, but the three highest-rated comments (and bear in mind that this is the online spiritual home for all left-wingers in this country!) are as follows:

Time to feel guilty again for being born white, everybody!


Look elsewhere in this issue, where a Somali "community leader" effectively says that they have no idea why a centre ( doubtless taxpayer-funded ) where they socialise, teach children Arabic, pray and generally make no effort to integrate, might have become a target.

Class - discuss, with reference to "alienation".


Perhaps she might exert her talents explaining why immigrant labour should have expected to be welcomed by those people whose jobs they were competing for, and who were still traumatised by the aftermath of war and determined that the depression and unemployment if the 1920s and 1930s should not return?


If half or more of the Guardian's readers online are essentially just there to laugh at it, I wonder what proportion of the general population actually is a diehard, incorrigible PC-liberal of the kind that has exerted such a disproportionate influence over our society?

Though I must give credit where credit is due, it can't be easy for the Guardian's editors, who presumably whole-heartedly agree with much of its output, to see their articles and world view being trashed, but they largely do leave most of the on-topic critical comments up for all the world to see, despite the obvious temptation to selectively delete and to rig the recommend scores.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Elliott » 05 Jun 2013, 21:43

It's a good idea for a thread and I'll look forward to what people post in it in the future. But there's just one thing. I believe that comments on the Guardian are not actually ordered by popularity (eg. "up" votes) but by time posted. I have tried manually to sort them by popularity but there isn't the option. (This might be an egalitarian thing; all comments being equally valuable etc., except obviously the ones that are less equal than others because they don't "abide by our community standards").
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 13 Jun 2013, 22:49

If only Britain had joined the euro...we would have had to completely rebalance our economy away from financial services, and our political culture and public attitudes to European integration would have had to be completely transformed to have given it any chance in hell to work, but surely little details like that wouldn't have mattered when the benefits to a single currency are so clear and being in the ERM worked so well for us? After all, we didn't join the euro and ended up in a recession, therefore it is only logical that if the first statement were reversed, the second would be too.

In most newspapers the attention-seeking trolls are in the comment sections, but in the Guardian they get to write the articles.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 07 Jul 2013, 19:47

On the day we finally managed to get rid of the man who conned his way into this country and who never worked a single day once here, the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda in Europe who issued a fatwa calling for anybody renouncing Islam to be killed and who was connected with all sorts of jihadist causes around the world, the Guardian argues that Abu Qatada is no terrorist, and our society had persecuted him disgracefully.

The article, written by a longstanding family friend, even tries to portray him in a positive light because his (taxpayer-funded) home is full of books, not mentioning that it was because extremist material, which may or may not have included his own works, were found at his home in breach of his bail conditions, causing him to be rearrested a final time.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 08 Aug 2013, 21:21

Polly Toynbee thinks Britain's rapid population growth is a blessing, and "only misanthropists disagree". Only problem with that though is that close to 100 per cent of the readers actually do disagree!
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Elliott » 08 Aug 2013, 23:59

It doesn't make much difference to her; she lives in Tuscany.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 10 Dec 2013, 23:20

Laurie Penny's fantasising about being a revolutionary hero again:

Police violence won't stop this new alliance of students and workers

As an aside, I notice that she wrote:

Today, if British universities were a nation state, they would be a military dictatorship.


I thought of the university I went to for my postgrad degree, and reasoned that if it was some far-right, fascist military dictatorship these days at least the pro-Islamic paraphernalia on the walls would have been taken down by now, but no, a quick Google search shows that they are still letting the Muslim Brotherhood run wild and do exactly as they please, just as they have done for ten years or more:

"National Charity Week began in controversy after Westminster Islamic Society (ISOC) asked an anti-gay and anti-semitic Muslim scholar to give a speech to over 300 students."

I await the Guardian's outrage at that.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Nathan » 19 Dec 2013, 18:44

Perhaps one of the most shocking articles even for the Guardian was released today trying to equate the EDL with the banned jihadist al-Muhajiroun group, who included among its members the two men who have just been convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... mentpage=2

The article even shows a picture from an EDL rally instead of anything jihadist, and claims that the primary victims of the kind of extremism that has seen a British soldier hacked to death on the streets of his own capital are actually Muslims.

In case those who don't read the Guardian might not had the opportunity to take in that article's line of argument, the BBC provided a link to it on its website within little more of an hour of its publication, along with the following quote:

Both[EDL and al-Muhajiroun] divide and polarise communities, spread hatred and fear - and both claim that being British and Muslim is incompatible.


The only other newspaper article the BBC linked to wasn't one that actually condemned the murderers, but one that tried to place the blame on MI5 for not stopping them.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Elliott » 20 Dec 2013, 03:44

It's reassuring that so many of the comments beneath that article are against its message and tactics.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Charlie » 24 Dec 2013, 15:17

"Goodasses" of the world unite!

Until recently, he was Newsnight's economics editor....
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Paul » 29 Dec 2013, 10:13

Charlie wrote:"Goodasses" of the world unite!

Until recently, he was Newsnight's economics editor....


We already nailed him here Charlie, but yes, tis another of the Guardian's greatest hits.

Cultural and digital editor of C4 too.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Charlie » 29 Dec 2013, 11:34

Ah, I do apologise, Paul.

I'm not sure how I missed your thread. In any case, you did indeed nail him. What a wally he is!
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Paul » 29 Dec 2013, 16:44

I had a browse over the article again. I'm not sure from whence I first found it but there was a resume of the 'Economics Editor' of Newsnight included. This was where his admiration of and link to Laurie Penny was mentioned. 'Penny Red' he calls her, or so I read (and said).

I also had another look at the blog post that Elliott provided here. It's a good blog site in itself, with a certain cutting humour always present in the articles posted.

I did a bit of link-hopping from there and discover that Laurie has her own site which is in fact called 'Penny Red', the term I initially heard was used in admiration by our Cultural and Digital editor himself. Maybe the site name was his idea.

So (drum roll), here it is in all its comic glory. Rather presumptious of me in fact because I haven't read any of it yet. There may be valuable insights within.

It says she lives in a London basement full of spiders. On her old blogspot site here it says she lives in a little hovel room 'somewhere' in London. I'll bet both of those claims are untrue, though I hope they aren't.

She does actually have the look of a precocious troublemaker. To me anyway. I wonder if comments are allowed on her site? There could be much fun here - though it will be temporal I'm sure.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Gavin » 29 Dec 2013, 18:56

It looks like she's making the tea in the picture. I would actually advise people not to go there often though - wouldn't want to add to her traffic.
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Re: The Guardian's Greatest Hits

Postby Elliott » 29 Dec 2013, 19:12

She is making the tea - but, rightly, she's not happy about it.

She's not happy about much, though, is she?!
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