Dodgy salesman

As CF drove to work this morning, he listened to an interview on the Today programme about some highly dodgy advertising.

The Advertising Standards Agency described how they had received nearly a thousand complaints about a series of recent adverts.

The offending adverts had presented predications as fact, made exaggerated claims, distorted the evidence and - cheap trick - had tried to instil fear in their audience.

Then the person ultimately responsible for these adverts was wheeled on. He was as evasive as you'd expect a person in that position to be. He grudgingly admitted that the adverts "might have been phrased better", but he was otherwise unapologetic. He firmly felt that he should be allowed to advertise in this way.

So who was this dodgy geezer? This peddler of untruths and distortion? Was it that irritating Irish git who has the dirt-cheap airline? Was it Richard Bloody Branson?

No, no. This wasn't a dodgy businessman, pushing goods and services that we don't want or need. Oh no.

It was none other than the Right Honourable Edward "Ed" Samuel Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

And he's not actually selling us anything in the traditional sense - we've got no fucking choice. He's just advertising why he's helped himself to our money, after the event. We paid for the adverts, and we'll pay for whatever Climate Change-related bollocks Ed wants us to.

And in spite of this slap on the wrist, Ed's not going to stop, either. He added that the Government would..

"..continue to provide public information about the dangers of climate change".

And of course, continue spending our money on it.

Time to change the Government, then.



Uncle Marvo said...

First you say

"No, no. This wasn't a dodgy businessman, pushing goods and services that we don't want or need. Oh no."

Then you say

"It was none other than the Right Honourable Edward "Ed" Samuel Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change."

Make your mind up :-)

Captain Haddock said...

I understand that these "Ads" took the form of Nursery Rhymes ..

Well here's another for Milibrain's little collection ...

Incey-wincey Gordon climbing up the spout ..

Down came the rain and washed poor Gordon out ..

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain ..

So Incey-Wincey Gordon could bankrupt us all again ...

Which is precisely what will happen if this bunch of criminals win the next election ...

Umbongo said...

And the underlying message from the ASA mouthpiece, Justin Webb and Miliband? AGW is an established fact - "all" (or is that just "thousands"?) scientists agree - and in future the state will take care to purvey its lies more carefully (ie it will obey the letter not the spirit of the law).

The Today segment was a paean to the dangers posed by AGW and that "something must be done" or we're all doomed (well, it is the BBC after all). It was a mini-inquiry into how best the government should propagandise this "truth" and not be caught out by a technicality.

carbchick said...

"What is the job of the government? It is to lead."

Quote from

And there was me thinking it was something to do with protecting individual rights.

But no. MPs are crusaders, leading us to the path of (self-)righteousness.

Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

There's just no stopping the global warming machine.

Nice rhyme Capt!

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Jill said...

I'm not a climate change sceptic - nor a supporter, since I'm too fick to make up my own mind and am bored to death with the stupid people who pretend they themselves DO know. Having said that, since population is rising and resources are dwindling, I think it's a pointless argument. We'll have to do what the supporters say anyway.

Vis a vis this horrible ad. It was so um... Catholic: guilt-ridden and guilting out those who didn't have sufficient levels of guilt even more. Guilt guilt guilt. Guilty people do not make a happy and fulfilled society, ready to embrace a changing world.

So they were a) hectoring, b) crap, c) annoying and d) counterproductive.

mungle said...

A good way for Ed to maximise publicity for AGW would be for him to debate publicly with Lord Monkton on the issue. I'm pretty sure Lord Monkton would welcome the opportunity and so should Ed.

Anonymous said...

Be fair, considering the state of the country, you can't blame our politicians for talking up the only 2 growth industries available. Terrorism and climate change. We can all look forward to being employed either spying on our neighbours or planting windmills in their back gardens.

Captain Haddock said...

I'd like to plant a windmill .. one of those fuck-off big un's, like you see around the port in Rotterdam ..

Slap-bang between Milibrain's shoulder blades ..

Anonymous said...

"Ring a Ring of Roses
A Pocket full of Poses
Ah tissue, Ah tissue
The entire economy collapses under this incompetent clusterfuck of a Prime Minister
Lying Cunt that he is !"

Captain Haddock said...

Gordon and Pete went up the street

To fetch a pail of water

Gordon came down with Half-a-Crown

But not for fetching water ..

Captain Haddock said...

Humpty Harman sat on a wall

Humpty Harman had a great fall

All the King's horses & all the King's men

Pissed themselves laughing and said "Don't just lay there .. do press-ups, bitch" ...

Anonymous said...

Ding Dong Dell
Harman's in the well
But now we've put some Dettol in
Never mind the smell