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December 12, 2011

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Rafi

the rioter believed that he had a right not to be broke and that this right was being violated.

But the BBC/Guardian keep telling us the riots were the police's fault because they keep stopping criminals and that makes them angry.

mlrosty

Boris Johnson in the Telegraph:

"The reason our brother and sister Europeans are so chronically enraged with the British is that we have been proved completely right about the euro. For more than 20 years, British ministers have been coming out to Brussels and saying that they just love all this single-market stuff, but that they doubt the wisdom of trying to create a monetary union. And for more than 20 years, some of us have been saying that the reason a monetary union won't work is that you can't do it without a political union – and that a political union is not democratically possible."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/8950101/Were-right-about-the-euro-thats-why-Europe-is-angry.html

He also coins the phrase "Supra National And Fiscal Union (Snafu)".

David

“Supra National And Fiscal Union (Snafu).”

Heh. Sounds about right.

JuliaM

"Very few of the BBC producers and executives have any real experience of the business world..."

Really? How surprising, because with the news this morning of the 'I Can't Believe It's Not A Wild Polar Bear' Frozen Planet incident, it seems they've absorbed all they could ever know of selling techniques from the dodgier end of the market...

carbon based lifeform

However, the Guardian’s Nina Power would have us believe that the looters, muggers and arsonists, the majority of whom had numerous previous convictions, were, in ways never quite made clear, fighting against entitlement.

The Guardian - where up is down, wrong is right and idiots get paid to write bollocks.

David

“The Guardian - where up is down, wrong is right and idiots get paid to write bollocks.”

In fairness, I don’t think Nina Power is strictly speaking an idiot, though she does write and say incredibly stupid things. I think it’s more an issue of bad faith, in that she chooses not to register certain aspects of reality in order to seem like the kind of person she feels she ought to be, especially in front of equally dishonest people who pretend the same thing.

Sam

David,

More #occupyFAIL:

"Occupy protesters succeeded Monday night in shutting down operations at the Port of Oakland for the second time in less than two months. The companies that operate the 26 berths at the nation's fifth-busiest container port told longshore workers not to report for the 7 p.m. evening shift - effectively halting work for the next eight hours and preventing 100 to 200 employees from earning the pay they would have received on a typical shift… About 3,000 marchers gathered in the dark, dancing to music while some clambered atop trucks that were lined up with nowhere to go. "We are ecstatic with the results," said Milo Avery, 22, of Oakland. "This day is the culmination of a lot of hard work. It's a historic and momentous step in this movement."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/12/BAJK1MBE5E.DTL#ixzz1gOaGBQya

Show solidarity with the working class! Make them lose money so we can dance about!

sackcloth and ashes

Antony Jay's 2007 piece in the Telegraph is outstanding. Wish I'd spotted it earlier.

Henry

Alas it only tends to be right-wing-affiliated publications that point out the BBC's ardently biased reporting (they think they have to balance the Daily Mail - and need to be told over and opver again that that is NOT what impartiality means)

Moving to a different subject entirely, witness Nick Clarke's illuminating article on what was wrong with Vaclav Havel. Some would say that a couple of days after someone's death might be a bad time to start on them, but fortunately Clarke is fearless (not to say, brainless) enough to ignore such wisdom, and lays in with some statistics from God knows where..We learn that:

"Havel's anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women's rights"

Still the comments are amusing. CiF sees calculated to wind up Telegraph readers, but you can't escape the impression (or at least I can't) that what we're getting fro the Graun is 100 shades of "actually Marx wasn't all bad and here's more proof"

David

Henry,

I almost laughed at the line,

“Communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.”

But hey, it’s the Guardian, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

Henry

Yeah I meant to paste that in as well - glad you put that in :)

I thought "it MUST be a spoof", but I think that every week about Guardian articles

Unbelievable

sackcloth and ashes

Neil Clark's wife - Zsuszanna - has penned articles for the Graun saying how wonderful Communist Hungary was, and how much she loved her time with the Pioneers. Needless to say, were the 'Telegraph' to commission an article from an elderly German or Austrian lady reminiscing about the BdM, all hell would break loose:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/feb/26/comment.politics
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,824560,00.html

Interestingly enough, with the letters that followed only one correspondent - a certain Brunhild de la Motte - defended Ms Clark's Stalinist revisionism. I don't know if she's related to a 'Bruni de la Motte' who has a nice line in 'Ostalgia'.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,824560,00.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/nov/08/1989-berlin-wall

Clark is also on record gloating about the plight of Iraqi interpreters who were targeted for assassination for working with British forces in Basra, stating that they were 'quislings' who deserved to die. Even for the Graun and CIF, that was pretty strong meat, as shown by the comments:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/aug/10/keepthesequislingsout

Mind you, Neil combines intellectual thuggery with buffoonery, being renowned on the blogosphere for his conversation with a spambot (the latter came off best, BTW), and also for trying to preserve his Wikipedia page from deletion by using a sock-puppet called 'citylightsgirl'. Only the 'Guardian' could give someone like this a platform.

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