Henry Kissinger on Thatcher with Jeremy Paxman Newsnight (08Apr13)





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Published on Apr 22, 2013

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Margaret Thatcher and the Triumph of Crony Capitalism: "There is No Alternative" (TINA)
By Colin Todhunter
Global Research, April 09, 2013
Last night, on the day that Margaret Thatcher died, much of the mainstream media fell over itself to mourn the passing of a 'great' leader. There were of course some references to her being a 'divisive figure', but only because she did what 'had to be done', which politicians before her were too weak-willed to do (ie attack workers' rights, the welfare state and beat down wages).
Even people like Henry Kissinger, a man often accused as having the blood of innocent millions on his hands, were wheeled onto our screens to tell the British public what a really outstanding leader she was. That the BBC would turn to Kissinger for such a ringing endorsement of Thatcher's policies and personality says a lot about the mindset over at the good old 'Beeb'.
I happened to see Kissinger on the BBC's late night 'serious' new analysis programme Newsnight. Presented by senior broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, prior to talking with Kissinger, the show hosted a studio debate about Thatcher's legacy. As elsewhere, it was a broadcast lavishly sprinkled with eulogies for the 'great Margaret'.
Early in the broadcast a Conservative MP (or ex-MP) offered his opinion about her legacy. He stated that Thatcher served to put an end to certain debates that had raged prior to her taking power, not least the question of capitalism being the best system for delivering goods and services effectively and for wealth creation. Paxman sat there and just let this go.
Yet, later in the broadcast, leftist political figure Ken Livingstone made a comment about her legacy, which included the current a housing crisis in Britain. Paxman was on him straight away, pulling him up and tell Livingstone about Thatcher's 'successes' in the housing sector. Livingstone's comment about the housing crisis was benign when compared with the Tory person's comments that celebrated the wonders of capitalism.
How a senior BBC presenter can sit there and not challenge someone who says the debate about socialism/capitalism is ended because capitalism has proved to be successful may well be beyond the thought process of some people. Successful for whom? For the rich and for millionaire politicians who come on to our screens and perpetuate this lie.
The banking system has collapsed and ordinary folk are being burdened with 'austerity' (mass unemployment, cuts to welfare and services) to pay the for bankers' losses as a result of their gambling and criminality. Thatcher deregulated the 'City' which gave bankers a free rein in the first place.
Due to 'deregulation' in many areas, we now have virtual monopolies in various sectors, including energy, finance and transport. Manufacturing jobs have been outsourced and replaced with Macjobs or no jobs at all and underemployment. Communities across the UK are suffering from social breakdown, criminality, drugs, etc. There is a housing crisis and a personal debt crisis. And ordinary people's share of wealth has declined (from 65 to 53 percent in the 80s alone).
I stopped watching the BBC and the mainstream media in general after the one-sided representation of the Libyan conflict. My mistake is that I tuned in to watch it again last night. Unfortunately, it's a mistake millions make on a daily basis.


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