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North Korea has friends in Wandsworth

The citizens of the 'People's Democratic Republic of Korea' suffer, I believe, the grossest tyranny from any internationally recognised government on the face of the planet.

However, a bit of dodging around in the internet playpens of the flat earth far left has turned up a letter of congratulation to Kim Jong Il from the Co-ordinating Committee of Friends of Korea (complete with a date in Juche qv) "on the important occasions of the 61st anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the "Down-with-Imperialism Union", and bigs it up for its missile test but also notes "that it is the DPRK which has consistently upheld the desire for a world without nuclear weapons and complete denuclearisation". As harassed parents everywhere say, 'it's not what I do, it's what I say'.

Meanwhile they "pledge ourselves anew to strengthening the bonds of solidarity between the peoples of Britain (Well I didn't ask them to represent me...) and the DPRK.

I am near speechless.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 5:04 pm

Shame he didnt sign it
Wolfie Smith
Freedom for Wandsworth

to complete the joke  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:19 pm

Now that was some quality comic writing, then again it was written by John 'Only Fools and Horses' Sullivan.

Here's a clip of the title sequence.

And here are some extracts and an entire episode at the BFI site.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:20 pm

Grr, second link only works if you are 'in licenced UK locations'.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 6:12 pm

'in licensed UK locations'.
Croydon obviously being beyond the pale? (+:

Cant see "the office" or Borat getting the same kind of laughs as steptoe or OFH will still be getting 20 years hence.
I you don't already know (bet you do)
BBC7 is available online, lots of classic comedy and plays.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:21 pm

Schools and unis, apparently...

I saw the first series of 'Smith' a year back, and it stands up well. I think you are right about what will be judged classic or otherwise. I would add 'Porridge' to the list of enduring sitcoms.  



Blogger istanbultory said... 6:48 pm

North Korea has between 150,000 and 200,000 political prisoners working as slave laborers in prison colonies. There is no freedom of the press or religion. There is no labour activism, no independent civil society and no political opposition permitted. And the country is headed towards yet another famine.
And there are still deluded lefties out there who find virtue in the most repressive society on earth. I too am near speechless.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 8:02 pm

istanbul tory
anybody who has a job and a mortgage is a slave , an honest to goodness slave  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:29 pm

This may be another Cameroonian act of triangulation though. Perhaps Greg Clark wrote the letter. They seem to be all the rage this week.

Now where is my foil hat...  



Anonymous David Allen said... 11:43 pm

As a sidebar, I gather that a favourite cruel joke amongst Korea watchers 30 or 40 years ago, was to send a letter (purporting to be from your least favourite person)to a North Korean embassy professing undying admiration for Kim Il Sung and the great work of the Korean People's blah blah.... The unfortunate person would then find themselves on a mailing list for years receiving endless self-congratulatory propaganda from the Dear Leader or whatever his moniker was... this was guaranteed to engender bewilderment, fury, whatever _ and a suspicion that one's name was bound to have been added to a list of certifiable loons by the security services of one's own country..... I gather this has now ceased to work since the Nks grew too poor to afford the stamps.....  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:17 am

Quality tale David. On the topic of Leftie baiting, one of my long term ambitions was to go into Collett's and ask where I could find Solzhenitsyn, but I never quite got around to it. After the fall of the Wall and so on, the air of grief hanging over the place was quite astonishing.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 2:29 pm

David Allen's story reminds me of the henry root letters in particular a personal reply he got from the magnificently moustachioed general Zia Al Haq of Pakistan (one of my favourite dictators) As i recall he thanked "Mr Root" for agreeing with his harsh treatment of criminals and dissidents and promised more of the same.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 2:31 pm

Zia Ul Haq
many apologies to the late great General  



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