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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

One Party Britain: Geras more 'influential' than Pilger

To give themselves a veneer of democratic respectability dictatorships often create an artificial opposition. It seems that Britain is following the same path.
The Daily Telegraph recently published a list of Britain's '100 Most Influential Lefties' - the list being chosen by that wonderfully impartial pair, the pro-war Conservative blogger Iain Dale and the pro-war Euston Manifesto signatory Brian Brivati.
Have a butchers at what they've come up with.

Author of the Normblog. Geras was Professor of Government, University of Manchester until 2003 but now writes one of the most influential left of centre blogs in Britain. A founder of the Euston Manifesto, Geras’s views were important in shaping the pro war left’s view of the war in Iraq.

Columnist, The Times
David Aaronovitch’s influence on the left probably suffered from his move from The Guardian to The Times but he remains one of the essential reads in left wing political journalism in the UK. He was a leading figure in the “pro-war” or decent left before the invasion of Iraq but has since changed his mind about the conflict

With one or two exceptions, you have to get down to Number 100 until you find a real leftie. And here of course, Brivati and Dale's pen portrait is rather less fawning.

Pilger remains able to command the front pages of left wing journals at will. Though he has been writing essentially the same story for the last thirty years – everything that is wrong in the world is the fault of the USA – he continues to exert a waning but visible influence on the younger and more impressionable parts of the left.

Yeh, sure Brian and Iain. Only in a deluded neo-con universe could Norman Geras, the author of a mind-numbingly boring blog which gives details about how its author queues up to buy tickets for cricket matches, be called more 'influential' than a world-famous and hugely respected journalist whose writings, films and television documentaries continue to inspire millions.

And who, I hear you ask, do our two 'expert' judges rate as Number One and Two on the list of 'Influential Lefties'? Yup, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. That invasion of Iraq was oh, so, 'left-wing' wasn't it? And PFI really defines socialism, doesn't it? Pass the sick bag.


Nick said...

If G. Brown and A.Blair head the lefty list, how come Genghis Khan didn't rate a place?

Anonymous said...

It's hardly surprising to see Brivati promote fellow warmongers like Geras and Aaronovitch and denigrate those, like John Pilger, who were proved right about Iraq. But the question is: how did Brivati get the job of compiling this list in the first place?

Njegos said...

The Kamm-isar didn't make it to the top 100. He must be gnashing his teeth. Or is it that even the Telegraph refuses to buy his argument that he is "left-wing".....

Anonymous said...

I stopped buying the Independent because of David Arronovitch when he was in it, and I emailed him to let him know at the time.
I never bought the Observer after he joined it.

It’s an insult to have his name on the same piece of paper with John Pilger, the list shows how credible the right wing Daily Telegraph is.

Cossack said...

Hmmm, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Aaronovitch one of those at the head of the pack, baying for Serbian blood? IMHO, this waste of protoplasm should have taken up the much more useful function of becoming fertilizer for the daisies by now.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know where they got their definition of 'Left'.
Mein Kampf presumably..