If I remember correctly, you could buy the Guardian for the princely sum of 20 pence at Liverpool University in 2010. Well, not quite that here, but for 50 pence, a certain convenience factor occasionally convinces me to indulge. Unfortunately, having indulged, it is shortly before midnight before I actually got down to reading it. Still, credit where credit is due, and while our daily manufacturers of consent are hardly worth the effort, the hard, as opposed to the online version, does facilitate a more bottom up approach.
Therefore, in considering the cognitive engagement with which the reader might approach this newspaper, in a more sane world we could expect that while a Commons report might warn Ministers over arms sales to Bahrain, the rest of us are not dragging our politicians into the dock. All the more so, when we pursue Nick Hopkins article to page 17 of the paper and read that dear old ‘Blighty’, the land of hope and glory, mother of the free, that plucky little democracy par excellence, doesn’t only sell weapons to Bahrain but to ….. well, to just about anyone. Indeed, while we might not be surprised to see states such as Pakistan, Egypt, Israel and Saudi among Britain’s favourite customers ……. well, in the hard copy of Friday’s paper we can read that, among others, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan and, wait for it, ….. even Iran and Syria are supplied with military equipment courtesy of HM government. Surprised? Not me, after all, business is business.