The principle of Problem, Reaction, Solution is a well used one, especially in politics. Its what keeps our government in the powerful position that they hold over the public, able to create problems knowing full well in advance what the solution will be, in order to guide policies through parliament. The engineering of events to meet a particular agenda.
It is a technique used extensively by Labour since 1997, driven by the EU, smoking, hunting, crime, cctv, id cards, paedophiles, photographers, health&safety, bankers, global warming and energy are just a few of the subjects visited by government in this way to arrive at a desired outcome, often resulting in a loss of freedoms and rights, and they are now using the same technique on alcohol and salt. The Conservatives are planning to use this method extensively after having adopted ‘Nudge’ as their corporate credo, as are other European governments.
The current moves within the EU over the financial crisis in Greece is a prime example of how this technique is being exploited, with the press complicit in helping both the EU and our national government to use such techniques.
Step One: Create a problem or conflict – Perceive a problem that exists and build it up out of proportion to its actual importance, or create a problem or conflict where none existed before.
Step Two: Publicize the problem and create opposition to it – Relentlessly place stories about this problem in the major media outlets. Report on it daily until it becomes a steady drumbeat and a truism for the public who then begin clamoring for a solution to this problem.
Step Three: Offer a solution – The best solutions are those that appeal to the emotions of the public and make them think something really good is being done for them, when in fact, something really bad is being done to them. This solution is one that the public never knew it needed until the conditioning of Step Two was successfully completed.
The press and media reports that we have seen and heard relating that the EU, the IMF, the ECB, the OECD and the World Bank knew nothing of the extent of the crisis in Greece is frankly quite laughable, if only to highlight that they think the public is stupid.
That Goldman Sachs could have undertaken business with a national government on the scale that they have done, and done so undetected is also laughable. The monitoring of international banking is now so regulated that it is impossible that this could have happened without the knowledge, and possibly the tacit agreement of the EU, ECB and OECD who all closely monitor the 27 national economies and their dealings, on and off book.
So a problem that could have been solved some time ago through austerity measures as the Greek government have publicly said they wanted, was allowed to extend and get worse, much in the same way as we now see the Times reporting that the UK is in a worse shape than Greece, with borrowing by the UK Government far in excess of any predictions.
Analysts and Economists had expected the UK government to show a surplus in January of £2.8 billion, but figures released this morning show that irresponsible spending and interest payments on previous loans meant that the government needed to borrow £4.3 billion to cover the shortfall from tax receipts in a bumper tax month.
This puts our full year borrowings at the equivalent of around 12.8% of GDP, just in excess of Greece’s 2009 deficit of 12.7%, but then we know that Greece is being used by the EU to further an agenda. Britain will feel the effects of this charade a little later.
The agenda is a simple one, now that the EU have secured political union, in order that Brussels can consolidate its centralised power base, the attention and urgency will turn to economic and then military union. In the main being driven by France and Germany, but never underestimate the part that the British government is quietly playing behind the scenes.
The solution is already being put forward as we knew it would be, as the FT notes, that France wants to push for an “economic government” for the Eurozone in the wake of the Greek crisis.
“It is too early to talk about this openly”, said an official in Paris. “But let’s face it, this Greek tragedy is probably the best way to get the debate moving forward.”
The tragedy is, and it is a tragedy for the Greeks who are suffering because of this ploy, they’re not fooling many people any more.
Get ready for the media onslaught, carefully aimed at pre-chosen targets for whipping up public opinion, and then the solution, full economic government by Brussels, ultimately including the UK’s need to enter into the Euro, showing solidarity with the Eurozone and Economic Union as the only possible way for the UK to get out of our own economic crisis.
But never fear, British politicians won’t be speaking with the public on the doorstep about any of this, Cameron has gagged his candidates, likewise Clegg with the Labour candidates just doing as they are told. The leaders really only want lobby fodder, not thinking MP’s.
We can only have our say on this kind of political manoeuvring by demanding a referendum. Get your candidate to sign the Albion Alliance pledge BEFORE they are elected, so they cannot change their minds once in Westminster.
A view I see that is echoed by Norman Tebbit.