On this episode of BBC Hardtalk with Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the IMF, the journalist who was interviewing her had this to say on the subject of Brexit (at around 11 minutes)…
“Are you comfortable with the idea that the IMF is now making statements which clearly play a huge political role in an internal, democratic, British debate? What right does the IMF have to play that sort of role?”
That is actually a reasonable question, but wait a minute, I think we need to use the hypocrisy meter again…mmm, seems like a high score.
Anyone who can stomach thinking back to their behaviour around the indyref time will know that the BBC didn’t seem to have such a problem groups intervening in that particular “internal, democratic, British debate“. In fact, they seemed to make a show of it every time someone wanted to stick an oar in.
Let’s have a brief look. This was a short search, have a look yourself and you will find many, many more…
What business is it of the USA?
Should supermarkets really be trying to influence democratic votes?
What about Deutsche Bank? Are banks to dictate democratic processes?
And what about the IMF itself?
As I said earlier, I don’t believe that his question to Lagard was unfair, far from it, but I don’t recall Obama, Rajoy, Barroso, Deutsche Bank, the IMF and many more being told to keep their noses out of it back then. Or even being asked “what right they have” to give their opinion on it.