In my youth I was advised don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers.
Sadly, the situation has only deteriorated during my lifetime.
Nowadays, many critical observers believe the last vestiges of journalistic integrity [in the mainstream news media] have largely been downsized and outsourced to pimply faced cut and paste press-release propagandists.
The decline is most evident in the old fashioned print media as they struggle for survival [and relevance] by selling sensationalism, sport and sex to couch potatoes who are more accustomed to passively consuming “the slime oozin’ out” of their television sets.
“I’m the Slime” is a 1973 single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers from the album Over-Nite Sensation.
I’m vile and perverted.
I’m obsessed and deranged.
I’ve existed for years but very little has changed.
I’m the tool of the government and industry too.
For I’m destined to rule and regulate you.
You may think I’m pernicious, but you can’t look away.
I’ll make you think I’m delicious with the stuff that I say.
I’m the best you can get… have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozing out of your TV set….
Back in 1997 a few people paid attention to Sir James Goldsmith.
In the 1997 election, Goldsmith stood for his party in the London constituency of Putney, against former Conservative minister David Mellor.
Goldsmith stood no chance of victory, but the declaration of the result was memorable – Mellor lost his seat to the Labour candidate and was taunted by Goldsmith who clapped his hands slowly along with others on the polling stage chanting “out, out, out!” aggressively in response to Mellor’s critically dismissive comments towards Goldsmith’s vote yield in his concession speech.
Goldsmith’s electoral performance at Putney had been, however, reasonably insubstantial, in an English electoral culture in which it is notoriously difficult for new political parties or maverick politicians to break through overnight: the 1518 votes did not deny victory to Mellor, who lost by 2976 votes; moreover they amounted to under 5% of those voting and were not sufficient for Goldsmith to retain his candidate’s deposit of £500.
Mellor correctly predicted that the Referendum Party was “dead in the water”, and it effectively died with Goldsmith who died two months after the election.
In 1994 even fewer people paid any attention to Sir James Goldsmith.
The Trap by Sir James Goldsmith
James Goldsmith, after amassing a vast fortune in the 1980s, turned his companies into cash before the stock market collapse on Black Monday.
He officially “retired” from business to devote himself to ecological causes. (His brother, Teddy, is the founding father of the British green movement, and publisher of the “Ecologist”).
His enquiries led him to confront the worldwide problems of unemployment, urban decay, the poisoning of our food and air, and made obvious the lack of essential solutions politicians, of whatever persuasion, were offering.
He confronts in this book, the “sacred cows” of modern political and economic thought, exposing why global free trade will destroy nations, the lies about the nuclear energy industry, why agricultural policy is poisoning and destabilizing communities, and the cost of a welfare state that doesn’t deliver welfare.
However, in today’s more cynical era people are beginning to listen to Sir James Goldsmith.
Sir James Goldsmith was a British establishment member who was exposed to the establishment’s long term plans and had the guts and the soul to tell the public the truth, even testifying at the US Senate in attempt to stop the passage of Clintonâs GATT treaty in 1995.
This is critical folks.
This is when the cabal secured their Globalization plans, and it is still buried today by people like Peter Schiff and other so-called financial guru’s who somehow fail to leave the most critical part of recent economic history out of any discussion.
Folks, this is how they did it.
This is how they moved the USA’s economic engine offshore. NAFTA was a minuscule test run.
GATT was the grand daddy of them all!
Sir James Goldsmith US Senate Testimony on GATT (1995)
Offering prescient warnings on the environment, globalization, and the global financial system, this multifaceted and colourful Renaissance man was, as Baroness Margaret Thatcher said, “a giant among men – great in his qualities and great in his impact, one of the most powerful and dynamic personalities that this generation has seen.”
Students of history may find the following “prophetic interview with Sir James Goldsmith” from 1994 informative.
Those searching for solace in the trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted department may find Sir James Goldsmith’s Response to his critics interesting.
The English version of my book The Trap was published in November 1994, a little over a year after it first appeared in French.
The second chapter, ‘The New Utopia: GATT and Global Free Trade’, attracted considerable adverse comment, including a European Commission document handed for information to the British press and a booklet published by the Centre for Policy Studies in the series The Rochester Papers.
Most of the other comments appeared in columns or reviews in the British press of either the French or the British edition.
I have regrouped the principal criticisms into eight chapters, quoted the most significant and answered them.
The full text of the relevant chapter of The Trap •is reproduced for easy reference as an appendix.
The illustrated story of global free trade, using charts, begins on page 121.
The Response – Sir James Goldsmith – 1995
Clearly there are lessons to be learnt from history provided you don’t weep when you read.