Two newspapers, continents apart, yet with a surprisingly familiar theme. Xenophobia, intolerance, fear-mongering, and the righteous indignation of the well-off for the disadvantaged and vulnerable. Nowhere to be seen are compassion, common sense or understanding.
What do these newspapers have in common?
Does Rupert really care about a few poor immigrants? Of course not. Does Rupert want to give the governments he supports a weapon of fear, a bogeyman to shake in front of the electorate? Of course he does, and this one is ready-made. Foreigners, who look different, sound different, and who will take our jobs, live off social welfare – probably at the same time, and who knows what else. Lock up your daughters! Lock up the dog!
Have refugees arriving by boat ever been a significant problem for Australia?
Were they turned into a major election issue, and the people themselves vilified, demonised and treated with a brutality that would cause war crimes trials in time of war?
So it should come as no surprise that the same weapon and the same shameless fear-mongering should appear in Rupert’s papers in the UK.
Now if only Rupert himself were a migrant, then… Hang on, Rupert IS a migrant. He left his native Australia, migrated to the U.S.A. and is now a U.S. citizen. It’s a shame he doesn’t show a bit more fellow feeling for his fellow migrants. Perhaps they’re not all billionaires like him, thinking nothing of whipping up intolerance and xenophobia to support his greed, and meddling in the politics of other countries.