Submitted by Alexander on 29 October 2013 - 4:10pm
Yesterday Dave visited a Mini factory in Oxfordshire, as one does when one has to come across as a man of the people who feels their pain.
He then made a speech designed to reinforce that impression. With UKIP breathing down his neck, Dave knew exactly what he had to say.
“You go round factories in our country and half the people have come from Poland or Lithuania or Latvia… But as a country what we ought to be saying is ‘no’.”
Submitted by Alexander on 27 October 2013 - 9:54am
We all know the instant knock-on effect propaganda can have.
Repeat ‘ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer’ often enough, and perfectly well-behaved Germans will start gassing Jews.
Devote enough column inches to Islamic terrorism, and no corner shop in the north of England will be safe.
Submitted by Alexander on 25 October 2013 - 12:20pm
By the sound of it, one would think Prince George was baptised not into the Church of England but into a lifelong subscription to The Guardian.
Actually, scratch that. Had that been the case, the BBC wouldn’t have mentioned the event in a little footnote. It would have been the first item on the 9 O’Clock News.
Submitted by Alexander on 24 October 2013 - 1:27pm
Say what you will about the failure of our public education (I know I often do), but in isolated instances it can boast of impressive results.
Occasionally it produces an amalgam of erudition and slight roughness around the edges. Both were evinced by a Royal Marine sergeant who, along with his two comrades, is facing court martial for murdering a Taliban prisoner.
Submitted by Alexander on 23 October 2013 - 11:21am
“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.”
Edmund Burke wrote this in 1790. One wonders what he’d say if he could come back in 2013. Can’t you just hear him say it? “This is hell. Can I please go back to heaven?”
Submitted by Alexander on 22 October 2013 - 12:04pm
Don’t be silly: of course I don’t mean Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS, the intelligence arm of the SS.
That SD is no longer in business. However, the German Social Democratic party still is, and it may yet save Dave from himself and us from Dave.
Submitted by Alexander on 20 October 2013 - 1:22pm
If you need any reminder of the abyss into which we’re falling, look no further than football.
However, if you do want to look further than football, you may. Why, you can even cast your eye across the Atlantic. You’ll find the same nonsense there.
But football first. Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, has put together a commission to pull English football out of its dire straits. Now he has been forced to make an abject apology.
Submitted by Alexander on 17 October 2013 - 10:35am
Never mind the sack. Roy Hodgson, according to the groundswell of opinion, deserves to be drawn and quartered.
He may feel proud of himself for coaching England into the World Cup. But if he thinks that’s any excuse for offending the delicate sensibilities of modern footballers, he’d better think again.
Submitted by Alexander on 16 October 2013 - 11:13am
“Throughout 2013 many renowned institutions will participate in the Netherlands-Russia Year, celebrating the rich bilateral relations between these two countries. A busy events calendar is underway throughout the year.”
Congratulations to the Amsterdam website for this clairvoyant quote of last year. The events calendar of the Netherlands-Russia Year has indeed been busy, if perhaps not quite in the way the author anticipated.
Submitted by Alexander on 15 October 2013 - 11:41am
George and Boris are falling over themselves to ingratiate Britain to the Chinese. Actually, they’re also falling over each other, for the Chancellor cunningly scheduled his China trip for the same time as the Mayor.
Can’t let that overambitious chap steal the whole show, can we now? So George stole Boris’s thunder by declaring that visas for rich Chinese will henceforth be fast-tracked.