I hate to detract from the entertainment today, of Rupert Murdoch being ritually humiliated in the House of Commons today, but I only want to ask one question.
Why is it that Rupert Murdoch – one of the world’s most powerful neocons, who ‘owns’ Tony Blair and David Cameron – is ashamed of what happened with the phone hacking of News Corporation, and yet, everyone in the House of Commons, and everyone watching this television wallpaper, knows that the British government hacks people’s phones every single hour, of every single day, of every single week of the year?
Why is it that when a private person does something wrong, it is evil and immoral, and yet when a public person does it – such as some teenage MI5 hack on the Thames embankment – it is good and right?
It is only when we make agents of government – who remarkable though it may seem to some, really are just people, rather than über gods – live under the same moral law that we are forcing News Corporation to live under, that anything approaching goodness and civilisation will re-enter the world. As long as we all tolerate these double standards, where public snoops are able to continually commit moral crimes, with our permission, that we quite rightly castigate amongst private snoops, then we will continue to circle the drain of decivilisation.
Meanwhile, I shall continue watching the gold price accelerate towards $2,000 dollars an ounce, while Ben Bernanke and Mervyn King squirm. What a remarkable coincidence it is, that on the day that one measly ounce of gold becomes worth £1,000 paper pounds, and $1,600 paper dollars, that Rupert Murdoch is so humiliated?
Probably. Just as the state occasionally tells the truth due to its utter incompetence, I don’t think the state could be that subtle if it tried.