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How the Left thinks...

The Guardian has very kindly provided a road map, with comedian / broadcaster and ex-Python (because that's what he is famous for having done between 32 and 37 years ago ) Terry Jones inviting George Bush to join the World League of Despots.

The whole article merits a thorough fisking, but I can't devote the time at the moment. Maybe later, but a few interpolated comments for now. I would welcome collaboration on this from other bloggers.

Meanwhile, the charge sheet:

"From the start, we were greatly impressed by your disdain for democratic principles - the way you wrested power from the democratically elected candidate in the 2000 election, and again in 2005 when you managed to swing what was clearly going to be a victory for your opponent"

Terry - it is called the rule of law, and it was applied by the judiciary. Re 2005, erm no. Maybe you should have been looking at electoral-vote.com rather than believing what your bien pensant friends in the media were telling you.

"Your record as governor of Texas when you quadrupled the number of state executions".

I'm not keen on the death penalty, but this has been approved by the electorate. Hardly despotic.

"The thousands of innocent people in Iraq, who have died so that you could fulfil your declared political objective of establishing "an American force presence in the Middle East".

Absolutely, that was the sole aim of the exercise.

"According to a recent UN report, you have ensured that there are now even more human rights abuses in Iraq than there were under Saddam."

And this is all Bush's fault (supposing it is true), not that of the Iraqi government?

At the end of last month you persuaded the Senate to pass a bill regarding the treatment of detainees. Illegally obtained evidence can now be used against suspects, even if it has been gathered abroad under torture. Anyone you care to accuse can be thrown into prison without the right to a trial or the right to represent themselves.

"Officially the legislation is restricted to "enemy combatants", but you have skilfully adapted this definition to include anyone who has "purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the US". This presumably means that anyone who publicly criticises your conduct can be defined as supporting hostilities to the US. You are now free to arrest and imprison anyone you don't like. You've got it in the bag!"

Oh absolutely, yes, you've got me bang to rights there. GWB is Emperor for Life and his stormtroopers are knocking on Michael Moore's door as I write.
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Blogger The Hitch said... 10:48 am

Not fair
He has made some excellent films, written some well recieved Chaurcerian critiques and left his wife for a Swedish Belly dancer nearly 1/3 his age and become a multi millionaire.
Far better than I have achieved in the last 37 years you bitter Croydonian git! (+:  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:57 am

My favourite Python is still Terry Gilliam, who is already an outstandingly good film director, whereas Palin's 'Mr Nice' schtick is getting a bit tedious and the others seem to have faded into insignificance.

And what about my multiple and cross-discipline Nobel Prize wins, eh Peter?  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 11:04 am

who the fuck is terry jones?the pythons were just not funny,even that cheese sketch.just a lot of posh c*nts and a yank laughing at how clever tehy all are.

if jim davidson were upset I'd be worried but terry jones can fuck off  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:08 am

'Nick nick'.....  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:38 am

Cleese was the talent (fuck how anorakish was that)I remember watching his management training films many years ago.
100 million quid for saying the bleeding obvious.
Going back to yesterday and mid life crisis' I distinctly remember the day I became middle aged.
I had just bought a reasonably (I thought) expensive bottle of the wine from a shop in a "genteel" cheshire town and the oaf behind the counter didn't even say thank you.

I said
"It would be nice if you said thank you to your customers"
he said "
why don't you go find somebody who gives a fuck"

now until that day my normal reaction would have been to given him a mouthful of verbal abuse and punched him if it went that way, but what did is say?
"I tell you what you are a very rude young man" (I was only 39) it was like a complete stranger was speaking on my behalf, I just had to leave the shop and ring all my friends and tell them. it was as if I had been possessed by Miss Jean Brodie.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:48 am

Manners maketh man and all that.

My threshold moment was earlier than that - back when I was Streathamite rather than Croydonian, so I would have been in my mid thirties. I'd exited the house, dressed respectably if not in a suit, and exchanged glances with a beat cop. He half smiled, I half smiled and then I realised that I had crossed the line to obvious respectability (unless he fancied me of course...), and that he was on my side and I on his.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 12:11 pm

The best ever python moment, probably the only funny thing they ever did
man walks up to copper
reorts crime and says
"fancy coming back to my place then?"
Copper then looks around and says "alright then"
I offred some police officers a cup of tea once , Im so ashamed  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:49 pm

I loathe Michael Palin.

I don't know which one Terry Jones is. But I know who Mr Bush is and I like him very much.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:25 pm

I can forgive Palin because of the staggeringly great 'Ripping Yarns', although that was 25 years ago too. Jones is the lardy one who was the nude pianist in MPFC and played Brian's mother.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:59 pm

Don't know. Wasn't in the country. But for sure I don't like the artlessly charming "Look how relaxed and wonderful I am" Michael Palin.  

Blogger dearieme said... 6:53 pm

What do you expect, Verity,
(all together now) The Spanish Inquisition?  

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