Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Lies, Damn Lies And More Lies

One almost marvels at the lurid headlines:
Battling [Tory} rebels baying for Britain to leave the European Union, David Cameron faces the near impossible task this week of finding an EU budget deal acceptable to mutinous party members and to exasperated fellow EU leaders.
'The near impossible' bit gives leeway that Cameron can try to plead for a small concession from the EU (which will mean anything but) which will happen in the form of a sympathetic bone chucked at him to keep him happy, and then he'll dress it up as the greatest achievement known to mankind akin to the moon landings.

Last time he had this to say to bored tired newspaper hacks in the early hours of the morning (my emphasis):
PM David Cameron has effectively vetoed an EU-wide treaty change to tackle the eurozone crisis, saying it was not in the UK's interests.
Naturally this translated into 'vetoed'. "Effectively vetoed" means nothing of the sort. If I run a mile a day for 26 days and then say "I've effectively run a marathon" it means in reality I've done no such thing.

We also have to put up with the usual nonsense this week that this is an 'EU summit':
The prime minister's threat to veto the union's long-term budget at a Brussels summit starting on Thursday appealed to the anti-EU wing of his Conservative Party, emboldened after defeating him in a parliamentary vote calling for European spending cuts.
It's not a summit it's a European Council meeting which means any talk of a veto is complete and utter nonsense on stilts. No veto can be applied. Still that so called position will occupy the airwaves.

This lying to us doesn't only apply to just the news, take this from BBC Sport earlier this year as an example...

Swindon Town defender Aden Flint is set to miss the rest of the season with a groin problem.

The 22-year-old has been sidelined for the last two games and will see a specialist on Friday to determine whether he needs surgery.
Groin injury? See that's not actually true. A more accurate description would be he got inebriated in a nightclub, gave the classic 'do you not know who I am?' reaction and was met with a more than rigorous response which left him unavailable to play for weeks. Yet the BBC and other media outlets still listed it as a 'groin' strain'.

We're being lied to.

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