The ‘piano man story’…
Remember that one?
Four months ago the UK papers and TV channels were filled with accounts of the mysterious man found on a beach in Kent…
- He was wearing a dripping wet suit and tie and refused to say a word.
- To make matters worse, all the labels had been cut out of his clothing.
- He was dubbed the Piano Man after the newspapers reported that he played classical music beautifully to his carers 'for hours'
The papers loved that story. And so did the police. Appeals were made to the public and ‘hundreds’ of leads were followed-up. We read that Piano Man was a concert standard pianist and that his amnesia was probably the result of his highly-strung genius crashing off the rails.
Crap like that.
Anyway, he went home to Germany today.
The funny part of the story is the revelation that he actually couldn’t play the piano at all and he only ever played the same note continuously.
I was listening to a BBC account of the story today and was amused at the way the line ‘he demonstrated the skill of a concert standard pianist’ had been subtly changed to ‘he demonstrated a passion for music’.
Well, yes, I suppose sitting at a piano and hitting the same key repeatedly could be described as a passion for music.
Parallels with the misreporting of the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting are entirely non-coincidental and they serve as just another example of how thoroughly and disgracefully useless the mainstream media has become in the UK
Actually, the mainstream media is worse than useless, it’s bent as well.
This week has seen the start of a smear campaign directed at the motivations of the people directing the Justice for Jean Campaign here in the UK. Apparently, some of them are associated with George Galloway and organisations that are opposed to the War in Iraq.
So fucking what?
What’s that got to do with the facts of the case?
I attended a vigil for Jean Charles Menezes at Stockwell station a few days after he was killed and George Galloway was the only national figure there. Who else were the Menezes family going to turn to? I didn’t see any representatives from our supposed leading civil rights organisation, Liberty, there; certainly not its over-exposed Director, Shami ‘My husbands a partner in a City Law firm so I can be all very ‘right on’ whilst living very comfortably thank you’ Chakrabarti. Liberty has been the UK government’s bitch since ‘7/7’ and is beneath contempt.
The mainstream media is so busy feeding smears into the public domain and rewriting stories about piano playing lunatics that it is, quite noticeably, still not taking on certain outstanding issues from 7/7 and the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting.
- Still no arrests or further clarification about what happened on 7th July? What the fuck is going on there?
- And what about all that missing videotape; from Luton Station, from Kings Cross, from the bus explosion at Tavistock Square, from de Menezes' flat, from Stockwell station? Just how must of this stuff has to go missing or be suppressed before somebody in the public eye declares shenanigans?
Given the general public’s seemingly unending appetite for reality television, the recent behaviour of our police force and its chief has stimulated me to think of literally dozens of ideas for new television program formats. My current favourites include:
The Metropolitan Police’s Craziest Videos – featuring half an hour of blank television narrated by a police spokesman explaining why their CCTVs stop working whenever a policeman takes a leak.
It's a CCTV Knockout - where competing teams of policemen and MI6 operatives 'on secondment' have to rush to crime scenes, grab all CCTV tapes and hard drives and then have less than four days to reformat and return them to London Bus and Underground staff.
CSI London – Compelling true life drama based on the lives and work of Metropolitan Police forensic specialists. Each episode they change their analytical results every five minutes until nobody cares what they are saying any more
Call My Metropolitan Police Bluff – where a panel of celebrity contestants listens to a series of statements from Ian Blair, Head of the Met, and decide whether he’s covering up an illegal killing or not