Richard North, 23/05/2012  

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In this exclusive report, can reveal that we have looked at the Failygraph website and can disclose that they are playing silly games.

This is the continuing saga of the Beecroft report and the reform of what the paper quaintly terms: "Britain's archaic employment laws". The game is to engineer a spat between the Cameroons and the Cleggies, giving the political journalists endless entertainment as they chart the ebb and flow of the "controversy" they have invented. Thus do they fill the spaces between adverts, which is of course their primary objective.

That is why they really do not want to know anything about the EU dimension – the fact that employment law is: (a) not archaic; and (b) not British. It comes almost entirely from Brussels (below). 

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To admit that, though, would spoil the game – hence it must be ignored. This week, the paper is selling a "Clegg versus Cameron" narrative, not a "Cameron hamstrung by EU law" story. Inconvenient facts cannot be allowed to intrude, or it will spoil the fun.

What we have here is fantasy politics. The lightweight claque of political journalists who move effortlessly through the British media are bored with the reality of a third-rate power eking out an existence as a vassal of the Brussels empire. Thus, they immerse themselves in court gossip and manufactured spats, focusing on personality politics.

The game has a huge number of fans, but it is not real. It is a retreat from the hard world of serious politics, which has long departed these shores. These pretty men and their readers can't cope with that reality. They don't understand it, and the players carry no weight in the foreign fields where the power lies. So they retreat to their familiar stamping grounds and play their silly games.

Just don't confuse this with news – it is entertainment.


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