Seumas is getting worked up, eh?

The onslaught was expected. But the anti-democratic virulence of Britain’s tax-dodging media monopolists still has the capacity to take the breath away.

Quick question: how do you have monopolist s ?

20 thoughts on “Seumas is getting worked up, eh?”

  1. Ho Chi Milne, like Товарищ Корбин, is an unapologetic supporter of barbarism. That people like him are still tolerated in polite society is what really takes the breath away.

  2. I think he is thinking of oligarchs.

    Unless he is talking about people who want a monopoly, but have not yet achieved it. Could such people be called monopolists?

    Or perhaps he means a collective monopoly, like the NHS.

  3. *tax-dodging media monopolist”

    Is he really so brazen as to use that phrase in the Grauniad, of all tax-dodging media places? The Grauniad, that monopolist of public-sector job adverts? Of various legal but hypocritical tax planning schemes?

    Or does he just think his readership are stupid or as brazen as he is?

  4. Or does he just think his readership are stupid or as brazen as he is?

    Or as ideologically committed to the cause.

  5. “Britain’s tax-dodging media monopolists” – the BBC. They have the largest market share for news output. Depending on the time of day they’re either stuffed with left-wing luvvies, or mere puppets of the neoliberal Conservative government.

  6. Many moons ago, when I was young, the state bureaucracy defined monopolist as any company which had a market share in excess of 40% because some bureaucrat reckoned that was the level which enabled the company to effectively dictate market prices. So we had the interesting position that Redland and Marley each had a monopoly in concrete roofing tiles.
    So, Tim, the answer is that you just redefine “monopolist”!
    As Andrew M says, the only business have a media monoploy is the BBC.
    Tax-dodging – the Guardian although the Barclay Brothers choose to live in the Channel Islands out of the reach of higher-rate tax.

  7. Oddly Corbyn was one of the few MPs of that type from that era who didn’t have some kind of link with the Soviet Union, whereas ‘Ho Chi Milne’ (Hat tip to the Excellent bloke in Costa rica) is a communist sympathiser of long standing – Given his (Milne’s) laughable record prior to the last general election, I think we can venture that Corbyn’s position is extremely precarious and that Labour is looking at a repeat of the 1931 General election as things stand. His appearance on BBC News at ten was cringeworthy and that’s before the media have even started on his chief economic advisor!

  8. @VP – how did he manage not to be roped in by the sovs? did they even try? Bet he’s still got a whole rack to himself down at MI5 though.

  9. If he Conservative Party had elected their equivalent of Corbyn, how relaxed and tolerant do you think the Tax Dodger’s coverage would have been?

    Quite.

  10. @Rob,

    “If he Conservative Party had elected their equivalent of Corbyn, how relaxed and tolerant do you think the Tax Dodger’s coverage would have been?

    Quite.”

    But they don’t recognise quite how extreme their extremists are.

    (Or that anyone not left wing and who takes an interest in politics and history view them as blood brothers with the other totalitarian socialism of the 20th century we can’t mention without screams of “GODWIN!”)

  11. abacab

    I have heard rumours He was an ‘Agent of Influence’ tagged at university I believe for one of the non-KGB Intelligence services – that was still operating at the fag end of the 80s (he was at Oxford in the end of the Thatcher period) – The Stb possibly? seen as sympathetic but not directly employed (their recruitment dropped off obviously s the regimes weakened)

    To your second point – I would guess both Special Branch and MI% have huge amounts of material. No evidence yet that he was inherited by North Korea or China, or indeed by some of the Arab regimes who got assets when the Soviet Union dissolved. With his political beliefs which are batshit crazy that is surprising but there you are…

  12. @VP – are we talking Stalin Milne or Corbyn here? (I was referring to the latter, btw).

    But both will be well-documented.

  13. @abacab – “how did he manage not to be roped in by the sovs? did they even try?”

    The KGB weren’t that stupid.

    @Rob – “If he Conservative Party had elected their equivalent of Corbyn, how relaxed and tolerant do you think the Tax Dodger’s coverage would have been?”

    Don’t you remember the leftist media going after Maggie because her Dad had a fling with the British Union of Fascists?

  14. Corbyn not calling names and being ‘reasonable’ is nothing more than a strategy. He’s befriended so many people for whom the words ‘utter cunt’ don’t do justice that he’s never going to win a mud slinging contest so he wants to avoid one at all costs. What better way to do that than to claim to be above it? Bet he was happy to name call Thatcher. Are there any comments he made on her death going around?

  15. Dongguan John

    “Are there any comments he made on her death going around?”

    There must be, there is no way he could have resisted that one, or is he so obscure there is barely a record of him kept?

  16. abacab

    Sorry – my error. I thought you were talking about Milne – my bad! I can only speculate as to why Corbyn was not recruited and have never read anything to suggest he was even classified as an ‘agent of influence’ – my guess would be, that like Ken Livingstone he actively supported Soviet goals without needing to be paid, saving them the trouble but that is a theory obviously….

  17. @VP – a useful idiot doing it for free, which is cleaner and less risky than having to actively recruit and have direct contact with.

    It’s possible.

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