There’s a trick used by MSM hacks which a renowned American journalist has been pointing out for years. It’s a method to distract the ordinary reader from what is really going on by pushing some other news to the top, with screaming headlines. She compared it to turning the attention of small children towards something else by shouting ‘oh look – a squirrel!’
You won’t be surprised to hear that this is exactly what our MSM have been doing in regard to a commodity which affects us all, namely money, or to be more precise, cash.
Let’s be even more precise: it’s about doing away with cash altogether.
You’ve probably come across the new little credit card machines in big department stores which tell you that you can pay with your mobile, or your new credit card if it has the ubiquitous wireless icon on it. You just need to tap the machine, no pin needed. Fabulous, innit!
It is a rather insidious way of accustoming us all to the cashless society.
You may think that’s not a problem: no more coins and paper money to cart around, no ATMs where one might be mugged: it’s all good, isn’t it, and it’s so very modern. It’s so progressive, and the few oldies without smartphones and credit cards who still use cash only will soon die out anyway!
It is actually far worse than that.
Just as in the case with migration and the ‘refugee crisis’, the argument for doing away with cash has been advocated by powerful Big Bank chiefs for some time now.
At about the time the first ‘tap-and-pay-with your phone’ machines turned up in our shops, one bank director described what a cashless society would be like. Read his description and how to enforce it here.
It’s from April last year, and he seriously proposes that such cashless society could be enforced by governments taxing cash!
About a month later in May last year, a top economist praised the ‘cashless society’, here. “Bills and coins are obsolete”, he says. Oh …
We might forgive our MSM for not delving deeply into these ‘news’ – after all, there was an election going on, and UKIP had to be smeared on a daily basis.
But then, in September 2015, the Bank of England weighed in on the side of a cashless society, here , and let the cat out of the bag: it’s about allowing (or enforcing?) negative interest rates on bank deposits.
Well, everybody was still on holidays at that time, so that outrageous proposal garnered little attention in the MSM.
In January this year, while everybody was distracted, forgivably so, by the events in Cologne, Germany, the ‘proposals’ came back in, for example by the biggest bank in Norway. That report is rather disturbing. Norway isn’t in the EU and thus not in the Eurozone, so what they are doing looks like a trial balloon for us.
Here is a good overview of what such cashless society would in fact mean, it’s well worth reading. Even a glance shows what this really is about: a greater tax base, negative interest rates, more control of the citizens by both government and big banks. All for the benefit of the economy, naturally.
In the last couple of days, German officials have put their toe into this murky water, but in a way which is aimed at garnering huge support, or so they think. In the first place, they just want to limit cash transactions to €5,000.00 maximum, because that would help in the war on terror.
Must fight ISIS on all fronts, mustn’t we!
Now the Germans do like cash payments and do not use credit cards to the extent we do. They are also extremely sensitive to abuse of their personal data by government and multinationals, be it banks or online search engines.
Thus they regard this tentative attempt by their government as the slippery slope towards that cashless society. Unlike here, their online papers do report on this, and the comments point out unanimously that this is the way not only towards negative interest rates, but towards state control of their accounts, and thus to be resisted.
They haven’t forgotten how the Cyprian government was forced by the EU to take away money from private bank accounts above a certain level, to bail out banks.
In a cashless society, with proposals already on the table to tax cash, it is not beyond the wildest imagination to see how our government might easily employ such a ‘haircut’, and how this can even be enforced by our friends in Brussels. Remember Greece?
So why is this not being talked about and written about prominently here in the UK? Are we more stupid that the Germans to understand the implications?
I don’t think so.
I think this is a great example of our MSM and government shouting “SQUIRREL”, to distract us from looking at what they’re doing.