• February 10, 2016


Joseph Goebbels Hitler’s propaganda Minister who wasn’t a very nice man said;

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Source Jewish Virtual Library)

I sometimes think we live in a ‘Goebbelian’ environment where the Government propaganda machine keeps on churning out lies that they hope eventually will become truth.

Today Eddie Teare MHK, Treasury Minister, once again repeated that the decision to force disabled people back to work is not about saving money. This has been stated by him in the past and also by his henchman Bill Henderson MLC.

However when you try to assert that in driving the disabled back to work that it didn’t cross your mind you would save on the benefits, you’ve gone off on a linguistic tangent where words no longer mean what everyone else thinks they mean.

They hope restated often enough and with an increasing degree of arrogant disdain it will become an accepted truth. However if I was them I wouldn’t hold my breath.

On the same day we have the DED repeating this months ‘truth’ that somehow the tourist industry is enjoying the greatest renaissance since Julius Caesar popped over from Gaul to Britain.

I don’t know about you but I get the impression that some of the folk propounding these views must have a nose that Pinocchio could use for pole dancing.

In the same week this tourism good news story in ‘Goebbelian’ fashion was rammed down are throats a report came out saying the industry needed money to prop it up and a special dispensation over work permits (obviously Laurence Skelly is to employment what the Pope is to religion).

Despite our record levels of tourism most restaurants and licensed premises are on their knees limping from pay month to pay month and hoping they’ll make TT week (Oh! and it will be a good Easter). Town centre’s including Douglas look like downtown Beirut and are as thronged as Aleppo after the Russian Air Force has paid a visit.

Of course greatest exponent of Goebbel’s speak is the Chief Minister who as I recorded in an earlier post keeps wittering on about us ‘not being out of the woods’, ‘facing challenges’ ‘budget pressures’ whilst at the same time shelling out ‘business incentives’ at the rate of £10 million a year for five years to the lucky few.

Money it seems can also be magically created for the CM favourite radio station and other pet projects such as block paving those empty towns I mentioned earlier.

Welcome to the Isle of Man where lies are truth and the legacy of Joseph Goebbels arts of propaganda live on!

Photo: Joseph Goebbels – he had a problem with truth so he just made it up!


Issued by: The Celtic News



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