Ten out of the last twelve Slogposts have been on the subject of the Greek debt crisis, and believe me I’m as aware as you are of the need for a return to The Slog’s more eclectic past. The truth is, of course, that this isn’t really Greece v EU, any more than the Nationalists v Communists Spanish civil war was about two local traditions from Madrid and Catalonia respectively. It’s about Might is Right versus pragmatic sovereignty. The Reds are as always the underdogs – because they couldn’t organise a sit-in in a sofa shop: but better the occasional jolt of reality from idealists than the metaphorical tank divisions of the ideologues.
Anyway, the ideologues and the ignorant are doing much greater damage further afield, and so tonight I offer a welcome change from process in favour of cruelty at the expense of those who have ideas far above their station, and far below what truly creative people would call An Idea….or a proper education.
For example, this from Victoria Beckham in designer-advice mode: “If I wear a shorter dress, I like it to be loose and playful……At 41, my motto is tailored not tight. Loose just seems to exude a much more modern, youthful attitude.” So there you have it: to be youthful is to be loose, to be modern is to be playful. Why be tight when you can be tailored? Why be poor when you can be rich? Why be old when you can be young? Why have thoughts when you can ‘exude’ brainless piffle?
But here’s a real belter from America’s liberal community:
‘The New America Foundation found that twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than by Muslim extremists since 9/11’
The ‘point’ being made there is that white nutters have killed twice as many US citizens as vaguely dusky nutters. Well, glory be: the Muslim population of in the USA is circa 6.5 million. The white population of the Land of the Free is 314 million. So on that basis of judgement, US Muslims are 26 times more likely to commit murderous atroctities than whites. Did you know, by the way, that in AD 1208, Saladdin was twice as likely to murder Christians than vice versa?
But on the other side of the rigidly bigoted aka stupidly debased coinage of contemporary culture, you have to wonder what narrowly educated UK pillock in Tesco’s merchandising department decided it would be a good idea to feature smokey bacon Pringles as part of a special Ramadan food promotion. I’m the last person on Earth to pander to religious belief, but this idiocy comes under the heading of inviting vegetarians to a hog roast.
And finally, this from the Liberal Conspiracy website of two days ago:
93% of Immigrants Are Proud To Live In Britain, Nearly 9 out of 10 Respect Our Political System
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s the depiction of immigrants as stupid.