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Thursday, 29 April 2010


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Come now, that's a bit harsh on Bligh who was a decent chap, did his duty, spoke his mind and was very good with his job; he was just saddled with a bunch of louts who wanted to get the dirty on with some natives. Nothing at all like Brown; he wants to fuck the natives too, but not in quite the same manner as Christian and co.

Thanks, Will, you are right in implying that I am not fully up to date with Bligh and his ship's company - still, when did mere facts ever interfere with a bit of neat phraseology here at D&N?. I do seem to remember reading somewhere that poor old Bligh has been much traduced by history. I shall leave it to my readers to come up with a better example of a bullying, lying liar than poor old Cap'n Bligh.

That chap in that film who was that chap in Casablanca, not the piano player who was black and not the police chief who was shocked, but anyway that chap who played the skipper who went mad and he'd cut the towline on the target and the other officers mutinied, or did their duty, according to what the court decides, and he fidgets with ball bearings and is obviously potty. That one.

It took me a while, 'DM', but I got there in the end - 'Cap'n Queeg, I presume?' But he won't do because he wasn't really potty, it was all down to his potty training, or something like that.

Here is something I've written on Kamm's blog, as I see things from Spain.

Mrs. Gillian has been more than one hour in a shoe shop in north Manchester. She have had all kind of shoes shown to her, in all sizes and shapes. Some of them even twice.
In spite of this, the smile of Mrs. Brown, the owner, only gets bigger and bigger at every request. Of course, that is her job. We all understand that.
Finally, Mrs Gillian leaves the shop without buying anything. Mrs. Brown sees her through the door and then, once alone, she says: 'What a silly woman!'
Alone? No. It seems that somehow there is a microphone in the shop and next day, the local press headlines say: Hipocrisy at Mrs. Brown's shop.
Yes. It seems that the press have discovered that shoe sellers behave differently in private than in public! And that is really some news!
What would have been a real scandal is Mrs. Brown saying: She is right. All my shoes are crap. But she has not done that. We may even agrre that the adjective, silly, is very fitting for Mrs. Gillian.
But no, of course. For the press, that when thinks it adequate, defends privacity above all, it is too difficult, or less profitable, to distinguish between acting, rhetoric, lack of sincerity, lack of honesty and lie. But, what defines privacity better than the capacity of behaving diffeerently at home than in public?
Instead, what the press does is to take sides with Mrs Gillian, because the people, who watches tv and buys newspapers, is always right. After all, the goal of the press is to flatter the masses, is it not? And it will continue this way in this new times that we may already call of 'microphonism'.

I can't go along with that, Ortega. What the press, quite rightly in my opinion, pointed to was the obvious fact that Brown positively despises the people who vote for him. Mrs. Duffy was a life-long Labour voter but amongst several other concerns she raised was her worries that the huge influx of East Europeans were putting an enormous strain on local facilities - especially, I guess from Mrs. Duffy's age - local doctors and hospitals. In certain areas it can take days to get an appointment with your local doctor. Brown's instant and venomous re-action to dismiss her as a racist says very much more about him than a hundred speeches.

I do not enter the point of wich of them is right. As I see it, what would have been remarcable as to be news and headlines, is that Brown, once in the car, would have said: 'That woman is absolutely right. Our inmigration policy is totally wrong'. That would have proved that he was lying, saying one thing and believing in another. But, after all, he called 'bigot' someone that disagrees with him. We would have found perfectly normal had he called that name to another politician saying the same things as Mrs. Duff (sure no relation?).
In that case, by way of a microphone, we have had our way into someone's privacy and we cannot be so candid as to pretend that people behave in their homes as in public. That's the definition of privacy!
I do not doubt things there are as you say (here we are 47 million people, of wich more than six million inmigrants).But then, the logical consequence should be Mrs. Duff not voting Labour, and that's that.

Not your fault, Ortega, because you're Spanish but there is a critical difference between the name Duffy (the lady concerned) and Duff (the lady who took my name at marriage) and that is the letter 'y'. To be even more tedious than I usually am, Duffy is an indication of Irish background, Duff is Scottish.

Back to your main point, I think it is the actual proof that Brown, along with his ruling clique, really do believe that anyone who worries about immigration is a racist in the nazi sense of the word. That is an important piece of political information and I think the media did a good job in disseminating to a voting public.

Sorry, sorry... Being spanish is not excuse for not spotting the 'y'. To tell you the truth, the first time I heard, or read, the news about Mrs. Duffy I thought about you. That probably made me blind to the last letter...
Thanks for your comments on my ridiculous text. They help me to understand better how you see politics there. You are very far from the level of impunity we have here.

Well, beware, Ortega, of taking my views as even approaching typical!

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