The lead story on page 1 of THE TIMES of London (July 30) says “Putin wages propaganda war on UK.” On page 27 its leading Editorial, headed “Putin’s Information War” declares – “.The Kremlin hopes to gain a foothold in Britain with a spurious news channel.” And it opines that “its lies are best answered with facts.”
Forgive me if I find the posturing of THE TIMES funny. Even his friends and ex-employers will tell you that Boris Johnson, Britain’s Foreign Secretary is a habitual liar, though one who can lie fluently in French, Latin and Classical Greek with great fluency. It is well known that all key BBC commentators are vetted by the the Secret Services and some of them SecretService Operatives. Jon Snow of Channel 4 has described how the spooks tried to recruit himself, and there are many key commentators who, if they are not themselves enlisted with those services, are enthusiastic collaborators. The Official Secrets Act and “D” notices constrain those commentators who might be tempted to reveal truths embarrassing to evildoers in the State’s direction and practices.
And then, there’s THE TIMES, once nicknamed “THE THUNDERER” for the self-importance of its Editorials, but in fact a thundering liar for well over a century. It’s been an enemy of those who sought to improve the lot of the Irish people from Daniel O’Connell to Charles Stewart Parnell, to John Redmond and Eamon de Valera to Gerry Adams.
When the idea of nominating John Hume as a candidate for the Irish President was mooted, the paper had the cheek to inform us that as Hume came from “Londonderry” his nomination should not be admitted.
I won a battle against THE TIMES in its propaganda war against Ireland when I forced the Press Council to condemn it for lies following the death of Bobby Sands. I had to write about twice a week for nine months in long-hand on a matter that could have been settled in five minutes had the Council or THE TIMES a scintilla of integrity.
The day the paper was censured, its editor, Harold Evans was hailed as “Editor Of The Year” by his fellow British Editors. He has since been Knighted.
I’ve no brief for Mr Putin, but he scares me far less than the bear-baiting antics of NATO on Russia’s borders and the continuing mischief of the US, its allies and cats’ paws in the Middle East and beyond.