Egypt’s Morsi faces pants protests

Posted on January 28, 2013

The weekend’s violence in Egypt is an important development. Not simply because it is a test of the increasingly authoritarian, Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Morsi Government, but because it has provoked the football “ultras” who were on the front line of the original revolution into all-out conflict with the Brotherhood.

The coverage has been mixed in its analysis and insight, but perhaps the top prize for Egyptian oddities goes to the Metro, who used a Getty/AFP photo of a “protester throwing a stone at police” to illustrate their story this morning. Looking at the image, it’s fair to say that throwing a stone is perhaps not the most notable thing about the man in the picture…

Egypt pants protester

Maybe they fell down by accident and he didn’t notice in all the excitement, or maybe he went a size too small buying some skinny jeans. Who knows?

Maybe this is a clever message, though – Morsi’s Government is pants…

More BBC Bolsheviks

Posted on December 06, 2012

Steve Baker MP, one of the libertarians on the green benches, has an interesting report over at the Commentator about the BBC. He has complained to the Corporation that a recent BBC News piece about the ways in which China’s murderous totalitarianism is supposedly superior to democracy neglected to mention that the author, Martin Jacques, was formerly a senior figure in the Communist Party.

Needless to say, Auntie replied to say that she sees no reason why it might be misleading to portray Jacques simply as an “economist”, with no mention of his political affiliations.

Steve’s article is worth a read – and I suspect this won’t be the last we’ll hear of the case.

Furthermore, it seems Martin Jacques isn’t the only fan of communist revolutionaries who walks the BBC’s corridors.

Newsnight’s famously lefty Economics Editor, Paul Mason, was tweeting away earlier this week celebrating the fact that moving the Beeb’s HQ to the West End meant the arrival of “6000 unionised media workers…in Soho” would push the media world to the Left.

His comparison of choice was to call New Broadcasting House the “Putilov Factory of [the] media economy” – after the St Petersburg factory widely credited as the hub from which communist ideas spread in the run-up to the Russian Revolution.

It’s a slightly odd choice of heroes to worship – we’d best hope that the impact he hopes the NUJ will have on London’s media won’t be as negative as the impact the Putilovites had on long-suffering Russians.

For that matter, let’s hope the Beeboids don’t suffer the same fate as their Putilov predecessors. Having sparked the revolution, the factory’s workers soon became disillusioned and denounced the Soviet state as a “dictatorship”.

Their reward for criticising the masters they put into power was for 200 of them to be executed by Lenin’s secret police. Perhaps the BBC’s Bolsheviks should be careful what they wish for.