Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Questiontime for fascists

The fact that this week the BBC will give a platform for the leader of the fascist British National Party has caused a lot of debate online and offline...

Some say these horrid and unspeakably stupid people should not be given airtime... others that yes, after all, the BNP is a noteworthy political party and they should be invited along as any other party in the UK.

Now what I am about to say, well, write, needs to be put in context a bit. I grew up in a vehemently anti-minority and anti-human rights totalitarian regime. I swallowed countless ethnic discrimination measures and abuse in everyday life. After the Revolution, was treated to a pogrom organised by the Romanian far right in my home town. The fascist Great Romania party has been saying unimaginable vile stupidities since 1990... Ergo not for a moment do I in any way feel inclined to support revoltingly stupid and absolutely fascist people like the members and leaders of the BNP.

But...

BNP has seats in the European Parliament. It is one of the constantly mentioned political parties in Britain. And, thankfully, against their wishes, we live in a democracy where equality human rights do matter (unless they cross the boundaries of major political interests and power games).

So... I do think they should be invited to BBC's Questiontime programme, exactly as any other notable (for right or wrong reasons) party was and is and will be.

Yes, they are ignorant, vile and revolting. Yes, their leader and his entourage are amongst the stupidest people you can ever hear on TV or in the media. Yes, they fund animated films for kids, educating them in neo-Nazi ideology. Yes, they have scout movement to do the same to impressionable brains of kids sent to those camps by fascist parents.

But... again...

It is perhaps the biggest mistake to let them argue their vile case within the confines of their warped and demented audience.

It is a huge mistake to not bring them into the spotlight and pair them up with human beings.

Let us see just how idiotic their arguments are... Frankly, they are so incredibly stupid that it is just breathtaking to listen to them... they even, in a recent political stunt, kicked the Ghurkas... and famously many of their sympathisers went away from the debate with feelings that gee, these people are truly revolting.

So let's discuss their views. Let's have a debate, on national TV, on one of the most watched and reputable programmes on BBC...

Let uber-fascist Nick Griffin talk about their views... answer questions... debate with panelists on the programme...

There was no, and is no, better forum to expose their breathtaking ignorance, stupidity and extremism. Let's not send the BBC criticism for letting this happen - it's the best forum for showing what the BNP is.

With great regret, I can only wish that in Romania, Nick Griffins of that land would be exposed in this way...

Let's watch, fellow humans, how these animals make a fool of themselves, please tune in, it will be educational and entertaining at the same time...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Undercover

There is a fascinating article in one of the Romanian national papers - the claims are quite interesting and the facts speak for themselves.

The opinions voiced by former president Emil Constantinescu (one of the very few respectable politicians that country ever had) are presenting a scenario which, far from being unbelievable, are causing a major stir and demands for investigations.

To put it simply, it is about turning black into white - in the Romanian media, a metamorphosis carried out by large numbers of journalists who hold key positions and happen to be undercover exponents of various political circles and not just... some are officers of the SRI, which is the successor of the dreaded Securitate.

The spokesman of the SRI, the Romanian Service of Information, has himself admitted grudgingly that the SRI always had agents in various levels everywhere in the Romanian media organisations...

One example of the black turning white, during a process that relies on well-orchestrated manipulative distortions of facts and also happens to rely on the short term memory of Joe Public, is the Stolojan case.

Constantinescu brings up this example, as it is just superb... Theodor Stolojan used to manage the funds of the Securitate, had close links with Ceausescu's circles, while being considerably dim intellectually... over the years, he was transformed by a media campaign into a champion of freedom, an intellectual beacon.

Stoloja happened to become suddenly prime minister exactly during the time period when the Securitate's funds were distributed...

But the highly effective wash cycle works also on other, much bigger Romanian political figures... even that of the current president, Traian Basescu.

Basescu is a self-confessed collaborationist, on top of which he was an informer, a leader of a group that used to spy in the NATO zone, a person who was appointed by Elena Ceausescu herself... but over the years, he has become a freedom fighter, a champion of change, a leader for the free Romanian people...

Constantinescu gives numerous examples of how the manipulation worked, after all the facts remain facts, but the methods used by the press campaigns are not difficult to guess. They range from files that happen to 'escape' onto pages of national papers with perfect timing, even conversations of the Home Secretary have leaked onto the pages of newspapers... which is simply unthinkable without orchestrated press manipulation.

The former president simply states that Justice has been put on hold during Basescu's reign... Not one person was sentenced for corruption during the last 5 years, and Basescu is considered a symbol of the anti-corruption fight, while he himself has a 'blocked' file in the Supreme Court...

So... yes, Romania has remained unchanged, only some surfaces have been re-painted, the essence, as always stated, remained the same - especially when it comes to absolute & absolutely corrupt power at the top.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Reversals

Naturally, during the recession there was and is much talk about property prices in both Romania and UK, just to pick two countries one knows more about :)

House prices started to slightly increase in the UK over the last few months (giving rise to a lot of Labour-biased press coverage on how well the economy started to do... forgetting that it means nothing whilst banks are still not lending...). At the same time, Romania is seeing an interesting reversal phenomenon.

The price of old, communist-era block flats is currently 25-30% higher than those of newly built apartments. Knowing the quality of the glorious Ceausescu-era apartments, this is even more tragicomic.

The strange reversal, as in a quantum physics phenomenon, is due to the fact that the silly prices of the new apartments had to come down aggressively, as few can afford them in current Romanian economic climate. Also, banks are not that keen on loans there, either...

40-year-old apartments are being sold for 1600-odd euros per square meter... while brand new apartments scarep in at around 1200 euros per square meter...

Many property developers and building companies that try to sell the new apartments are choosing to sell with great losses, instead of not selling at all.