Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Blair really took it a bit too far. Therefore I focused on the Eurozone in the diary, as Britain really has a democracy problem.

The media have always made it hard for left-ish narratives to win.
This is simply wrong. The vast majority of journalists are left-of-center. A poll among journalists in Germany revealed only 8% would feel close to the CDU, less than to the greens.
Left-ish narratives, which have clearly won the public are, that non-discrimination tops the freedom of contracting, that parents are incapable to educate their children (and therefore the gov can't wait until the age of 6 to grab the children), that the democratic right has supported the NAZIs more than the democratic left (far fetched, but arguably true, when it comes to the party elite, factually opposite to reality, when looking on voting paterns and milieaus).

Other leftish narratives didn't convince the public, despite the media pushed for it, e.g. that racism would only be a problem where natives mistreat people with migrational background, but not vice versa.

As you can only vote for a whole party, not for a single issue, lobbyists are the ones who matter more than the media. Politicians will then say, they are brave going against the mainstream doing the necessary things. Can you name one leftish idea, take Brtain, which has nothing to do with profits, which didn't make it at least to some degree into politics?

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 10th, 2008 at 05:08:55 PM EST
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