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A telling admission from Kim Jong-Il

Hidden deep in the text of an article at KCNA 'neath the stirring headline 'Kim Jong Il Gives Field Guidance to Hungnam Fertilizer Complex' is this:

"In order to solve the food scarcity it is necessary to send a lot of fertilizers to the countryside, he noted, adding that this heavy yet honorable task is devolved to the workers of Hungnam".

Given that the 90s famine killed upwards of 3 million people, or 10% of the population, it is noteworthy that the return of the problem is being referenced, even comparatively obliquely.

At the risk of showing a lack of taste in resuming flippancy after that, there is amusement to be had from this report of KJI exposing himself to the arts again: 'Members of the art squad put on the stage male solo "We Long for You, General"'.

Shades of Kinnock dying on the spot when Jimmy Somerville dedicated 'My Guy' to him on a Red Wedge tour some years back.

Meanwhile, another corking headline: "Quality Materials for Roof and Wall Produced". If that don't fetch 'em, I don't know Arkansas Hamgyong.


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Blogger Bruce Fleming said... 3:00 pm

Having just recently removed what's left of my nose from the grindstone, I hopped on over to KCNA to find out the latest, and was pleased to hear that KJI has been taking time out to enjoy a song and dance performance by "artistes".

The signed commentary continues...

The art troupe put on the stage female solo "Cantata to Comrade Kim Jong Il", dance "The Glow over Kangson", female solo and chorus "Song of Front Rankers in Chollima Movement" and other colorful numbers.

The performers truthfully represented the revolutionary stamina and optimism, the faith in sure victory and the indomitable will of the Korean people ... [continues ad nauseam]

Kim Jong Il "waved back" to the enthusiastically cheering performers and audience and congratulated the artistes on their successful presentation.

(Thanks for Norman Wisdom, BTW. I've a recollection that in 2002 said artiste turned up at the Tirana football stadium before an England [?] friendly. A bunch of teenage girls hitherto clustered around David Beckham with their autograph books promptly abandoned him in favour of the superior celebrity.)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:14 pm

Many years ago, Pa Croydonian pondered out loud - somewhat blasphemously - whether God might get bored with the constant hymning of his praises. I do wonder quite how delusional KJI would have to be not to recognise that what he is seeing is an epidemic of folk kissing the hand that they cannot bite.

Splendid Norman Wisdom anecdote, and one must congratulate Albanian youth on their sense both of history and of occasion.  

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