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The Sandalistas all over again

Ah, the metropolitan left - aren't they amusing in their own silly way. Before even asking the basic questions about a packed judiciary and all sorts of other blatant abuses of power, I just wonder if the Pinters / Abbotts / Bianca Jaggers of this world would be happy to share a space with someone who commented about another group of people in these terms: "minorities, the descendants of those who crucified Christ, have taken over the riches of the world". Somehow I doubt that they would find similar comments about other ethnic groups gave them quite such a frisson of excitement. I expect this "If you are going to compare me to the worst criminal in humanity - the president of the US; He is an assassin. He is a criminal responsible for genocide, completely immoral" transported them to an unparalleled ecstacy. Especially Livingstone: "I sometimes have views on George Bush - not too dissimilar from yours". Ken Leninspart, as Private Eye calls him, makes the Hartlepool monkey look a model of civic rectitude and dignity.

Meanwhile, Chavez looks like a typical Latin American populist strongman, only with quasi-situationist tendencies, and one might note that Tom Wolfe skewered the precursors of Chavez's fan club to very good effect in 'Radical Chic'.

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Blogger barbara worth said... 5:26 pm

Hello C

Like the blog!

I agree that it's amazing that people come out with things about Jewish people which would be completely beyond the pale if they were said about any other ethnic group.

I spotted this yesterday.

"God's people" he thought. "Two thousand years of waiting for their Messiah, and they're still persistent as hell."

This is a thought which is thunk by Dan Brown's hero Robert Langdon about a character with a Jewish name in "Angels and Demons." (Yes, I am a towering intellectual and I love this sort of drivel). I can only imagine the howls of outrage if he made a similar generalisation about black people (and quite right too).

Incidentally, despite suggestions to the contrary over on Guido's blog, I'm not Jewish myself.

Re: earlier post, I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only one in the world who doesn't view the Beatles as demi-gods. (Honourable exception for G Harrison).

Keep up the good work!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:35 pm

Barbara - thanks for the kind words. I always enjoy your thoughts at Iain's and Guido's hang outs. Ever thought of giving this blogging malarkey a go?  

Blogger barbara worth said... 9:25 pm

Thanks, C, too kind.

Yes, I do contemplate blogging myself, as well as finishing my half complete novel. To date other concerns keep rising to the top of the to do list but I am sure I will get there eventually.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:19 am

Barbara - I know the feeling. I only kicked this off as I was ashamed at noting all the profile checks and knowing there was nothing here.  

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