Loony Left Conspiracy theories?

The Left are often scoffed at when we talk of ‘the ruling elite’ conspiring to protect their own interests. We are accused of being ‘loony conspiracy theorists’; there is no ‘us and them’, we are told; the police, politicians, corporate CEO’s, even media moguls, are all just men and women doing their best for the institutions they work for; there simply is no capitalist conspiracy.

But the escalating and seemingly never-ending revelations and developments in the News International scandal have revealed the intimate way that the ruling elite interact with and are interdependent upon each other, and how they look after each others interests – even to the point of illegality.

Despite blatant examples of governments and business setting joint agendas – like Bilderburg, The Trilateral Commission and The IMF, the Left often backs away from accusations of full-blown conspiracy, arguing that the constituent parts of the ‘ruling elite’ share a common cause in maintaining a system that serves their mutual interests. This is a sort of abstract idea of conspiracy is intuitively credible but also lacks any emotional bite.

But the current News Corp scandal illustrates that the connection is a lot more direct and down & dirty. Quite simply put – if you tickle my back, I’ll give you a highly paid job.

And so government Ministers and senior civil servants work closely with private businesses in protecting the mutual interests of the political parties, individuals and companies involved, and then the politicians and senior civil servants leave office or retire and low and behold are offered highly paid jobs with those very same private businesses. Similarly, private businessmen are rewarded for cooperating with government by Knighthoods and lucrative positions on government quangos. The Plot Against the NHS, by Stewart Player and Colin Leys gives chapter and verse on how this worked with the Dep. Of Health and the private health companies over the last 20 years under both Labour & Tory governments.

The News Corp scandal illustrates that we are not ruled by a democratic government legitimated by the votes of us as citizens and acting in our interests. No, we are ruled by a readily identifiable and wealthy elite who attended the same few schools and Universities, go to the same social events and holiday destinations, share the same values and rule the world to maintain their privileged position.

Giving the Press Complaints Commission more teeth, or stopping Murdoch taking over BSkyB or even dismantling News Corp will not solve the underlying problem of elite rule, that is a much, much bigger fight.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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2 Responses to Loony Left Conspiracy theories?

  1. Xanavi23 says:

    The fight against the corrupt media has been going on for years! There are many of us out here in the ‘big society’ who have always known that this institutional corruption represented by the likes of News International and BSkyB has to be challenged, if by nothing less than not buying any of their products and services. The incompetence of the senior ranks within the Metropolitan Police is truly shocking, but is sadly nothing new. And as for the self-serving politicians at local, national and international level…well what can one say? Ultimately this all begs a simple single question: the wider system is rotten to the core, but what can we as ordinary decent members of society do about it?

    • Well, of course the fight against corrupt media has been going on for years – I’ve been part of it. The point I’m making is that the News Corp scandal exposes to the fact to ‘ordinary decent members of society’. Combined with the banking crisis which ‘ordinary decent members of society’ clearly recognise has been manipulated by the rich to serve the interests of the rich, this is potentially a great politicising moment in our history. So what can ‘ordinary decent members of society’ do? Well, they can join with their fellow citizens to fight the ruling elite. They can join trade unions, they can join political parties, they can write to MP’s, they can go on marches and demonstrations. I was a steward at the Tolpuddle rally this weekend and what a fantastic demonstration of solidarity it was.

      Surely, the events in Greece and of the Arab Spring have given the lie to the idea that these days the people are powerless against the ruling elites. And let me be clear I’m not calling for violent revolution here, all I’m saying is that the history of the last 300 years demonstrates that ruling elites can and have been challenged. If you compare the wealth and power of the ruling elites of the 1750’s with today it is clear that power has been taken from them and their worst excesses moderated. If you lived from 1945-79 in the UK you lived during a period of unprecedented people power. Since 1979, and Reagan and Thatcher, the balance of power has swung decisively back to the ruling elite and we have seen the rich/poor divide growing again. But this is a never-ending battle – the elites will always try to regain power and wealth and we will always have to resist them. Despair and cynicism are an indulgence that we cannot afford. For 30 ‘hopeless’ years many Egyptians fought and died to resist the regime of Mubarek and, much to even their own surprise, this year, the regime fell.

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