David Thompson


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September 01, 2011



Makeover subsidies now! It’s only fair.


Everyone should have to turn up for job interviews wearing hoods.

Horace Dunn

"Oh, come on. Who wouldn’t want to be regarded as officially ugly?"

Well, I've been unofficially ugly all my life, so it might as well be official, and if it gets me a state handout ...


facial clamps...?


facial clamps…?”

Think about it. You know it makes sense.

John Holland

The guy must have read Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" and took it as a policy paper rather than satire.


sackcloth and ashes

Talking of ugly, has anyone else seen Bea Campbell's mug? It looks like one of the patrons of the Mos Eisley cantina.

John Holland

Oops, I should have looked at your "it makes sense" link first, David.

Anyway, RIP satire.

John D

Imagine the compensation claims by failed, overweight actors with dodgy teeth and leather-faced strippers with asymmetrical breasts.

I wish to know more about these asymmetrical breasts.


Woohoo, at last I can claim victim status.

Am I more victimised than a sexy lesbian or handsome Asian man?


Relative ugliness is easily rectified by the solution known as "beer goggles".

If the population is permanently inebriated it either won't know or won't care. I'll make a start tonight.

Col. Milquetoast

an inexpensive but surprisingly effective remedy

Imagine the outrage when activists notice that transvestites disproportionately get classified as "ugly as a dude in a dress" They'll require ugliness compensation as well as group compensation for insulting & discriminating against an entire class of people. ALL the interest groups will love it.

If a woman doesn't wear makeup or do her hair on some days will she get partial compensation?

we surely could agree on who is truly ugly

He must not get out much. I confess it would be a certain kind of fun to say "Sorry, feminists. What you (or I ) may think doesn't matter : Frida Kahlo is now an officially a government certified dog" Surely investing the government with power over the control of the "official" aesthetics of society and linking it to money would lead to the most evenhanded approach. LOL

sackcloth and ashes

I shudder to think what would happen if governments were allowed to assess the respective merits of beauty and ugliness.


Hang on, won't this risk straying off into the realms of racism ? I think it's a truth universally acknowledged that some ethnic groups are better looking than others ( I've heard Belgians described as having faces like melted buckets ). Are we to suggest that they be disadvantaged in order to improve the lot of a bunch of plug uglies in another continent ? No more mail order Thai or Slav brides, from now on it's Cardiff or nothing.


Roseanne Barr has as much right to leading roles as Ann Hathaway.

sackcloth and ashes

I suppose if Hamermesh has his way, all the 'adult' video companies in the San Fernando valley would be obliged to make films in which all the actors - whether they were male or female, straight or gay - would look like Ron Jeremy.


So Harrison Bergamon wasn't fiction after all?


Apologies. Just spotted the previous mention of the Vonnegut story. My bad, as the yoofs say


As the left say they have to compensate, then that's a societal cost, and using the NHS meddle-template they might start insisting ugly people do not mate...

Of course the urge to Eugenics is purely right wing and not Fabian at all.

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