reality bites

It’s pretentious, snobby, puts itself on a pedestal, looks down on real people, thinks it directs or informs international policies where it’s published and sometimes through influential readers where it is not. But every now and then, even The Economist nails it.

It called former PM Paul Martin Jr. “Mr. Dithers,” and everyone seemed to know his days were numbered (including Mr. Martin). Now the British-based international business magazine has a new target living at 24 Sussex in Ottawa.

Harper in a ballet tutu

PM Stephen Harper (not exactly as pictured)

The headline reads: Halted in mid-debate

But its the sub-head that does the damage:

Stephen Harper is counting on Canadians’ complacency as he rewrites the rules of his country’s politics to weaken legislative scrutiny

T’was ever thus. Can you hear the clock ticking…. ?

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2 responses to “reality bites

  1. I have to admit that the Economist has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Now I like them even better.

  2. shmohawk

    I used to read The Economist when I could afford the time, wanted to see what was going on in the world of international finance, was traveling and wanted to know what business might be like in whatever country I might be heading for or through. Then, a picture began to evolve in the back of my skull.

    I began to see a group of monks in long, hooded brown robes, toiling over desks in some lower level of a medieval Euro castle, and all you could hear was the scratching of goose quill on parchment. This bunch of nameless, faceless faithful served unseen officers of this secret order producing this magazine to the faithful, and the faithful literally buying every word. It reminded me so much of that Jehovah’s Witness publication that I would find on my doorstep from time to time.

    Of course, conservatives seem happy with it. I found only one article that really struck me. I picked it up in Jakarta about a month after the tsunami. The article by a Canadian development official provide a no-nonsense and practical summary on how to fundamental overhaul crisis reaction and international aid.

    such aid shouldbe geared to rebuilding the affected population’s local economy; so much is now geared to buying and support the donor countries populations and economies. So Canadian aid buy wheat from Prairie farmers instead of buy rice, or building materials, or employing local experts, and so on. It struck as eerily similar to arguments put forward by Indigenous peoples here, ignored or slammed as impractical by Canadian bureaucrats and politicians, on how Aboriginal economic development should be structured.

    Of course, I bought the next edition. Not a single published reaction to that piece.

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