A Cynical Look At Events Around The World. It’s A Madhouse Out There
June 25, 2009
Adam Lovejoy writes: Let’s get this straight about Iran: there is no struggle there between hardliners and forces of democracy. If you believe that, you can go on twitter and tweet there on the subject of elections in Iran endlessly. The struggle is between two groups within the ruling Iranian regime for power. And oil, of course. And the affections of the Revolutionary Guards who decide who runs things in Iran. Just like it was in Russia in 1991 when two factions within the Soviet Communist Party clashed and the one headed by Boris Yeltsin won, and the one headed by Mikhail Gorbachev lost; the affections of the KGB at the time went to Yeltsin. Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Iranian opposition leader, is not much better than President Ahmadinejad, so it is not exactly a clear cut choice between the two. Although the first has a more easily pronounceable surname. The people might be fighting on the streets of Tehran for democracy and freedom with the police, and with each other, but in reality no one really understands what it is they are fighting for. The West obviously has no idea how to respond to events in Iran. That is why we are witnessing the silly game of expelling diplomats and, bizarrely, withdrawing invitations to Iranian diplomats in Washington to attend the celebrations of Independence Day on July 4; as if they would have come anyway. In time of a severe recession both the U.S. and British governments have so much on their plates already that they have no appetite for inciting real regime change in Tehran at the moment.And staying on the subject of regime change: will there be a revolution in Britain soon? It sure looks like it. The Labour government is so unpopular at the moment that if there was a general election now there would probably be no Labour MPs left in the House of Commons. Parliament itself has become a joke, with Labour MPs electing a new Commons’ Speaker, John Berkow, who was obviously unfit to sit in parliament in the first place. In their determination to make life difficult for the opposition Labour thugs forgot one thing: this is not the time to score points at the expense of the Conservatives. There is a recession on and it has to be priority number one.
And speaking of the recession: our mole in the City tells us that everyone in the Square Mile is pretending that the worst is over, while knowing that it is not the case at all. Banks have the money but do not know how to use it. It was easy for them when the property bubble kept ballooning and they could package and repackage bad mortgages endlessly, and pretend that they were concluding sophisticated financial deals. But now the situation has changed and the money men have absolutely no idea how and where to invest the funds that the current corrupt and inept government provided them with. The interesting thing is, according to our sources, that several big banks were actually trading last year while insolvent, which basically constitutes fraud. No one has been punished, of course. ‘The government could not allow big names in banking to collapse,’ one of our sources said. ‘It would have caused a collapse of the economy.’
Staying on the economy: isn’t it pathetic how international institutions and all sorts of ‘independent experts’ are trying to pretend that the recession is coming to an end. That mystical organisation, OECD, which is based in Paris and never gets its forecasts right, has announce that it can see the low point of recession. Where, why? No one knows. OECD’s experts are saying, with straight faces, that they feel that the finance sector is improving. How is it improving, if it is operating with taxpayers’ money? Again, no one knows. Bankers, who have ripped off their nations, are also talking about the roots of recovery. And ministers, who have been lying to their people, are saying that their stimulus packages are working. While Russia and China are pretending to have loads of money and viable economies. It’s a mad house out there, with America’s economy sinking the fastest.
Which sort of brings us to U.S. President Barack Obama’s sliding popularity: if this trend continues at the current pace he will soon be less popular than George Bush. Shock and horror! From a near 80 per cent popularity rating his approval level slipped to mid 50s and is dangerously close to falling into the 40s rate. Who could have foreseen it? Well, a lot of people, actually, including StirringTroubleInternationally. It was clear from the start that pretty much anyone would have had a tough time in the White House, considering the mess in the economy. Obama is inexperienced and his team consists of people who have no idea how to lead the country out of the recession that looks more and more like a depression. Launching expensive social programmes at a time when America is bankrupt was not a good idea. It might fool voters for a while but it will end in tears. In six months’ time Mr Obama is risking to become very unpopular. In four years’ he might be making a forced exit.
Wimbledon tennis fever is supposedly gripping Britain. We are asked to believe that Andy Murray, a player who has reached the number 3 in the world’s rankings without winning a single Grand Slam title, has a chance of winning this year’s tournament. The organisers, who are praying that Murray lasts as long as possible so that they can make a lot of money out of it, are whipping up the fans and themselves. Everyone knows, of course, that Murray will not win. And even if he does, against all the odds, he is not really the sort of player who would excite the people. As we have pointed out already on this website, Murray has as much charisma as a toilet seat. He is just not crowd friendly. He has no charm. He’s no Nadal or Federer. He should have played chess where everyone is allowed to be boring.
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