Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Spin doctors' selective reference countered

According to today's New Straits Times:

"Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher used to treat her Chief Whip as the Cabinet enforcer. The consequence of defying the Whip is usually suspension or expulsion from the party. The BN Whip is Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak"

Needless to say, this is another selective and convenient quotation, citation and reference to justify what is to the momentary interest of the Executive. It is like reporting Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang supporting the decision to scrap the construction of the "crooked" or "scenic" bridge while blacking out the same Lim Kit Siang's statements calling for the sacking of Rafidah Aziz or the Inspector-General of Police.

There are so many aspects of British democracy we can actually quote or cite. For example, the Communist Party of Britain can operate legally and openly. Also, its national wartime hero and ex-PM Sir Winston Churchill just left office peacefully without starting any riot or decrying voters for being "ungrateful" after his Conservative Party was defeated by Labour immediately after the war.

In Britain, people are allowed to march and demonstrate in the streets peacefully as shown by the massive anti-Iraq war protests.

There is also press freedom and media independence in Britain. There, the Prime Minister attends Parliament personally every Wednesday to answer questions raised by MPs and parliamentary proceedings are broadcast live for people to evaluate the performance of their elected representatives.

In Britain, there are democratic elections for local governments.

Above all, if film director Amir Muhammad is a British citizen and produces his Lelaki Komunis 'Terakhir' in London, the semi-musical documentary would not have been banned after being approved for public screening by the same government.

Winston Churchill

The United Kingdom Parliament

BBC Hard Talk

BBC on Karl Marx as the millennium's 'greatest thinker'


British Labour Party

British Conservative Party

Communist Party of Britain


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