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Okay, I haven’t been active on the blog for the last month or so; if apologies are due, you have them. There have been several reasons for my absence; most of  them were family-related, but also I’d become just plain bored by the main issues of the day. I was tired of the constant wrangling between the partners in our so-called Westminster coalition, an enterprise that was doomed to mediocrity from day one, since the Lib Dems can’t stand the Tories, the Tories all hate Vince C able, and nobody really knows who Nick Clegg is. I didn’t care who won the French election . . . although the French people will soon be caring a great deal, I reckon. I didn’t care whether Greece left the euro, even though the only solid reason I can see for it staying in is that in supporting it Germany is weakening itself, and making it less able to dominate the rest of mainland Europe. I did and still do care about the under-capitalised Spanish banks and the toxicity they piled upon themselves by handing out 110% mortgages more or less for the asking, but there’s nothing I can do about them, other than take advantage of the improving £/€  exchange rate. I had passed my boredom threshold  with the slow lingering death of  Rangers Football Club. (It really is dead, you know. Yes, I know ten guys in blue shirts and a goalie struggled past Brechin City yesterday, but they are in no way the lineal descendants of Alan Morton, Corky Young, Bob McPhail, Jerry Dawson, Jim Baxter, et al. I’m sorry, Ally; you are a lion, but you’re working for donkeys, and  the former temple which is still your home has become a mausoleum.)

So what’s prompted me to come back? Disgust, mainly. We’re three days into the Olympics and our cancerous media seem hell bent on digging up as many knocking stories as they can manufacture. For example, last night after the England/Wales select football match at Wembley, well won by the home team,  Sky Sports News stationed a reporter and crew outside studying the time it took to leave the stadium. Yes, it takes a while to clear 90,000 punters from any venue of that size, but so what? Fact was, Sky’s ace reporter couldn’t find a single punter who was prepared to complain about it on camera. The next non-story was the loss of a set of keys to some secure areas of Wembley. Yes, it happened: last week. There was never a security risk, and all the locks have been changed, yet Sky described it as an ’embarrassing incident’. Go back three days to the first England/Wales select match. What did the Online Daily Mail (where the real pond life can be found) choose to highlight? Ryan Giggs wasn’t seen to be singing the national anthem; somehow this was transformed into and reported as a deliberate snub by all the Welsh players in the squad.

I began my working life as a journalist. I worked alongside some great reporters, all of whom had two things in common; their integrity, and the fact that they knew a genuine news story from a pile of shite. There don’t seem to be any of them left.

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  1. Gillian
    July 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Good to have you back
    Kind Regards
    Gillian

  2. Alison
    July 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Couldn’t agree more re the reporters and their determination to find something wrong. No matter what your opinion is of the Olympics and the cost and so on, they’re here now, and they’re on and I think it’s important to support them, and certainly not niggle like this. It’s the equivalent of sticking up two fingers behind somebody’s back. Just nasty.

  3. Katharine
    July 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    thanks so much for posting this Quintin and welcome back, we need people like you

  4. patricia wright
    July 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Mr. J, how nice to have you return in such fine form! As a US citizen and reluctant Romney supporter, I appreciated your leaving out his unfortunate comments re London’s readiness for the BIG EVENT. I’d also comment that the Danny Boyle opening was all-encompassing but somewhat marred by the Tim Burtonish bit with the child in the bed being scared out of his wits by monstrous figures. In all, the reporters’ coverage seems unusually designed to pull down participants rather than support them-witness, what they seem to be doing to Michael Phelps. It’s not really reporting, per se, but a good dose of somehat poisonous personalities doing the deed. Just my opinion, but has so-called reporting become entirely too personal??? Glad you’re back-the Games are exciting even with the negative reportage!

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Come on now, why the reluctance? Maybe the Angel Moroni (the name may be a clue) really did show Mr Smith where the Golden Plates were buried. After all, Governor Romney believes that he did. Milt’s unfortunate remark was a one-day wonder, and his visit was barely noticed, possibly because very few people in Britain expect him to win, but also, for sure, because Michelle Obama blew him off the front pages. As for Phelps, I’m not sure what they are doing to him. He’s getting decent press in the UK. Whatever it is, it won’t be any worse than what Ian Thorpe’s had to face throughout his career. I see what you mean about the Burtonesque scene; it was part of what was meant to be a homage to British writing for children. Happily the army of Mary Poppinses flew in to save the day. Incidentally, NBC did not cover itself with glory in its coverage of the ceremony, by editing out a beautiful sequence which was a tribute to the victims of the July 7 attacks in London, our equivalent of 9/11.

  5. patricia wright
    July 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Gov. Romney was not my choice-that’s why the reluctance and the fact that he will not be elected -my mantra was, and is, “anyone but O”

  6. July 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    At our last election it was ‘anyone but B’. Unfortunately not enough people wanted C, so now we have a government that’s pretty much paralysed because the tail is able to wag the dog. I imagine that you will have something similar in the US post January, with a Democrat in the White House and the Republicans controlling Capitol Hill.

  7. patricia wright
    July 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    We have had the situation for the past two years-0only a Republican House and barely Demo Senate. The disfunction will probably continue for another four years and increasing voter frustration. Not enough for revolution, but maybe more discretion on the part of those same voters. Oh well, H___!

  8. July 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    H___? You’ll have to wait till 2017 for her, I reckon.

  9. July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Even the Scottish girls in Team GB got it in the neck for “refusing” to sing the English National Anthem. This from the Scottish Media as well. “Such a disgrace” they lamented. Didn’t it even occur to the lapdogs that perhaps the poor lassies didny ken the words.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

      As far as I can see, the English don’t actually have a national anthem. ‘Jerusalem’ is as close as they get.

  10. patricia wright
    July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    NOT Hillary and NOT Sarah! Just anyone who can run the country—-and NOT into the ground!

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Maybe nobody can. Maybe it’s too big and too complicated. The more federal Europe becomes, the more difficult it is to manage.

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