To analyse exactly what the Mail wants, why it wants it, to inform many threads which are about how it goes about it.
The estimable Zelo Street blog has an excellent piece from Sunday on Amanda Platell's latest intolerant and ignorant nonsense,http://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2011/12 ... -rank.html
But it includes these telling and, I think, perceptive remarks:
Dacre’s orders for Mandy are to kick transgender people. The reason for the kicking is straightforward: these are not the Mail’s “kind of people”. So they and anyone who has the temerity to speak up for them are to be demonised.
That looks highly germane to me, starting with the point that very little gets published in the newspaper or online unless it fits with Paul Dacre's world view, in fact suits his agenda. That was a point made at the Leveson Inquiry by Alastair Campbell and is attested by many other soy=urces, as well as being evidenced by even a cursory view of the Mail's output.
Secondly, we have another take on the 'PLU issue'. The Mail is all about People Like Us - no differences, even involuntary ones, are to be allowed. This is, of course, the central spine of all bullying, the persecution for difference, and as ZS says, the non-PLUs and people who speak for them are demonised. That is a long list, and we could all add to it almost ad infinitum.
The blog - which you must read- ends:
To many, Mandy makes herself look like a total prat with this ranting, although Mail readers will probably lap it up, which is the whole purpose. It’s another example of a group that Dacre dislikes – and doesn’t understand – being held to be getting something that others are not, rather than no longer suffering discrimination with no means of combating it, which is what is actually happening.
This has a number of points to unpack.
Amanda will look like an intolerant and ignorant hack to everyone - except Mail readers who buy into the PLU insecurity. For them it is a case of confirmation bias in action. The ineffective and powerless who largely constitute the Mail readership will have their prejudice confirmed, not proven.
Again ZS stresses that this comes from Dacre, but also adds the element of resentment that comes across so clearly both in Mail articles and comments, the fear that someone, somewhere is getting something that you aren't. Old fashioned envy, again by the elements of society that perceive themselves, possibly correctly, as being pretty low down the food chain. Not that there's anything wrong with that for the confident and fulfilled members of society, but that isn't what Dacre wants. He wants to exploit the resentments and anger of those who realise that they have but little power and cannot come to terms with the fact that, for most people, that is normal. He can use their anger in the furthering of his other agenda headings.
The only things that ZS misses, it seems to me, are the other parts of the agenda; Dacre's desperate ambitions to set a political agenda without ever having to undergo the inconvenience of standing for office, and that of making quite obscene amounts of money.
To quote Stanley Baldwin
What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility — the prerogative of the harlot through the ages.