compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
... plus c'est la même chose.
I first read Bernard Nossiter's epic book, shortly after it had been published
in 1978, and I suppose the seed of my own concept of A NEW MODEL for,
by and of ALL the PEOPLES of Spaceship Earth • which established an
empathic version of GLOBAL FUNCTIONALLY DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE •
was sown by the reading of the final chapter entitled A Model of Sorts,
which opened with the following paragraph ...
"THE genuinely pathological features of British life - racism, violence,
corruption, financial scandal - frequently burst on an unsuspecting
public with little warning and less examination. Despite a press that is
often vigorous and a television that is the envy of the world, Britons tend
to be shielded from what they need to know. In[DEED], the very refusal
studies of race, suggests that the absence of open discussion has deepened
tensions. 'Appeals for frankness,' Hiro writes, 'do not seem to weaken the
middle-class belief that talking about a problem creates one.' He cites a
leading television executive, Jeremy Isaacs, who had acknowledged ...
"Television current affairs deliberately underplayed the strength of
racist feelings for years, out of the misguided but honourable feeling
that inflammatory utterances could only do damage. But the way
feelings erupted after Enoch Powell's speech this year  was
evidence to me that the feeling has been under-represented on
television, and other media."
In much the same way, William Deedes, a former Tory minister and later
editor of The Daily Telegraph, ruefully discovered 'the most damaging division'
between a government sympathetic to the plight of immigrants and a hostile
section of the governed. 'To talk of conspiracy of silence among national and
local leaders is unjust,' Deedes wrote. 'More accurately there has been . . .
a shyness, a nervousness about the subject which has inhibited frank
discussion.' Deedes, a gentle man, is almost too kind. A strong elitist
strain runs through the dominant layers of British life - the judiciary,
high-ranking civil servants, government ministers, newspaper publishers,
television executives, financial and business leaders. They see
themselves as guardians of a society that cannot bear too much
information, an overexposure to the truth. They do not believe many
citizens are capable of understanding what top people claim to
understand; therefore common people must not be burdened
with it. This IS the adage that 'Nanny knows best'. Its guiding rule is,
'Don't make a fuss'.
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