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Good grief

Other greybeards out there may well remember this antique joke / anecdote (supposedly a true story, not that I believe it) from the days of the last miners' strike:

"The Young Conservatives collected for working miners, the Young Socialists for striking miners and the Young Social Democrats for pit ponies".

Anyway, that came to mind reading this news from Honkers:

"HONG KONG (AFP) - Almost half of Hong Kong's aid package to help China's quake-stricken Sichuan will be used to restore a giant panda reserve, the government said Sunday Hong Kong's government said it would spend 863 million of its 2 billion Hong Kong dollar (256 million US) commitment on a 4.5 kilometre road leading to Wolong Nature Reserve in the country's southwest province, which was devastated by a 8.00-magnitude quake in May".

Yes, pandas are easy on the eye and do tend to bring out the sentimentalist in otherwise hard-nosed types, but note this:

"Official figures state that 69,197 are confirmed dead, including 68,636 in Sichuan province, and 374,176 injured, with 18,222 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless though the number could be as high as 11 million".

Nothing quite like keeping a sense of proportion, is there?

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Anonymous Geoff said... 12:08 pm

Pandas are actually really evil creatures. The one recently released into the wild by the Chinese was bullied by other pandas and then pushed off a cliff.

Their standard way of dealing with rivals is to fight and maim them and then chew off their feet so that the defeated creature bleeds/starves to death.

If only we could legally do that to some politicians.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:37 pm

Not sure I'd be prepared to do the chewing myself - we all know where at least one of Brown's paws have been.  



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