Hilarious if they were not so dangerous

The good Dr North at EU Referendum draws our attention today to two related pieces in that newsprint spattered bastion of Marxism known as The Guardian.

It seems a left wing, self appointed band of self professed worthies has announced that they are launching a campaign to hold to account Britain’s ‘feral’ elite for the series of crises which have scarred the country.

Expenses, bonuses and hacking crises share the same origins, says this campaign group, which proposes to create a 1,000-strong “public jury” that would be selected at random and ensure that power is taken away from “remote interest groups” which currently treat the public with contempt.  As North explains:

This is the view the likes of Greg Dyke, Caroline Lucas and Lord Smith of Clifton, who think we need a “people’s jury” to apply a “public interest first” test more generally to British political and corporate life. Overworked as a cliché or not, you really could not make this one up.

And he’s right.  The ‘feral elite’ they describe is comprised of figures from the establishment.  Yet without any sense of self awareness or the evident rich irony, the campaign group itself is made up of 56 academics, writers, trade unionists and politicians from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party – in other words, left wing figures from the establishment.

A look at the list of signatories to their open letter in the Graun betrays the motivation and the objective of this little enterprise.  This is not about holding the ‘feral elite’ to account, it is about undermining their rivals in the establishment in order to secure more influence for themselves and their liberal-left worldview.  If you don’t believe that, just look at their stated priority areas for attention in the background article about the campaign:

• Media ownership and the public interest

• The role of the financial sector in the crash

• MP selections and accountability

• Policing and public interest

• How to apply a ‘public interest first’ test more generally to British political and corporate life

Quelle surprise seeing media ownership, code for ‘nail Murdoch and any opposition to the BBC and Guardian’ right up there at number one.  You can almost see the conversation where these people were asking themselves what could they do to capitalise on the current anti News Corp sentiment and solidify the dominance of the BBC on the airwaves.  This campaign is their vehicle to control the levers of power without having to share the cockpit any longer.

As if there are not enough clues as to the real aims of this campaign – oxygen of publicity by the Guardian… main figurehead the former BBC Director General Greg Dyke… supported by Media Standards Trust (deputy chair, Julia Middleton, the CEO of Common Purpose) board members Helena Kennedy QC, BBC hack Robert Peston and Amelia Fawcett who is also chair of Guardian Media Group…  – the activity is being facilitated by Compass.  Note their slogan.  The one thing absent from the campaign is any form of ideological balance.  That should tell us all we need to know.

This is nothing more than a raid.  It is an attempt to get support from unwitting people, who would reject the leftist dogma out of hand if presented to them openly, who feel concern at what they see around them.  But people who will fail to realise the state of affairs this campaign claims it wants to tackle has largely been shaped by its very signatories since 1997 because it suited their interersts in their establishment positions.

The campaign is nothing more an attempt to use people as pawns in the power games of the elite.  As North rightly concludes in his blog post:

The trouble is, you will never get the “feral elite” offer anything that amounts to the transfer of real power. If we want power, we are going to have to take it. The time is not yet, but what we are seeing here is the elites falling out. The time must be near.

That time cannot come too soon.

11 Responses to “Hilarious if they were not so dangerous”


  1. 1 Nick 01/08/2011 at 11:19 am

    I realise they don’t, but aren’t our MPs supposed to be there to represent citizens’ interests? There would be no need for any peoples juries if parliamentarians did their constitutional job, instead of attempting to mount the greasy pole.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 01/08/2011 at 11:32 am

    You are absolutely right. You would also think the media would act as a bulwark against State imposition on citizens, but it isn’t.

    However our politicians are in hock to the EU and there is no interest in them altering that state of affairs. The media lets them off the hook for it, bar a few ineffective petitions to give the impression someone is on the side of ordinary people. And the judiciary is infested by fabian thinking and fails to serve the public adequately.

    A sea change is needed, but this campaign is about a shift in the balance of power within the establishment. It is not of the people for the people, but via the people in spite of the people.

  3. 3 A K Haart 01/08/2011 at 11:53 am

    A “public jury” selected at random? Ludicrous idea. Would the identities of these jurors remain secret to render them immune to direct pressure? I think not.

  4. 4 right_writes 01/08/2011 at 11:57 am

    Interesting post AM, agree with your comment.

    Have to say though that I am surprised not to see other left-wing luminaries there…

    Letwin, Maude… Patten etc. :-)

  5. 5 IanPJ 01/08/2011 at 12:09 pm

    People have longer memories that these lefties give us credit for. This is a resurrection of Tony Blair’s Citizen Juries – £75 in a brown envelope for voting the right way.

  6. 6 TomTom 01/08/2011 at 12:37 pm

    Anyone can organise but this is simply a reincarnation of groups like Neal Lawson’s Compass Group. In fact, it is strange that we don’t have a Hanging Jury with Populist Roots furious about Taxation, Betrayal and Welfarism for Bankers.

    It is truly amazing that the Great Apathetic Inert Oblomovism of the British Voters does not stir and produce a Tea Party Rebellion. of Blind Fury at repeated and continual betrayal and the Grandest Larceny in World History which has put them all on a trajectory to impoverishment.

    But no doubt they were waiting for Polly Toynbee

  7. 7 Stuck-Record 01/08/2011 at 2:17 pm

    It sounds quite a lot like the French revolution’s Committee for Public Safety.

    That went well, didn’t it?

  8. 8 Jeremy Poynton 01/08/2011 at 3:03 pm

    So where were these cunts when Blair and Brown were destroying the country?

  9. 9 AJC 01/08/2011 at 3:08 pm

    @Jeremy Poynton

    “So where were these cunts when Blair and Brown were destroying the country?”

    Too busy supping on the public teat?

  10. 10 Uncle Badger 01/08/2011 at 5:40 pm

    Forgive my obtuseness but surely this lot ARE the ‘feral elite’?

  11. 11 Span Ows 01/08/2011 at 10:04 pm

    @Jeremy Poynton

    So where were these cunts when Blair and Brown were destroying the country?

    Indeed. The irony is that these pricks don’t see that THEY are part of the problem, I mean seriously, if you told them so they would be genuinely incredulous…just as well their lampposts are booked.


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