I really should write something serious today, but it’ll have to come later. Instead, I want to indulge you in some politics.
I was woken by the World Service1 this morning, with this gem, a politician talking about
“companies in industries such as gems and timber that exploit the labour of the downtrodden Burmese people but enrich only the generals”
Companies enriching the elite by exploiting the labour of the downtrodden people? That’s straight out of Marxist (Karl, not Groucho) rhetoric. So it should be easy to guess who said this…
Yep, George W. Bush. I wonder if he’s been talking to Fidel Castro.
I’m sure there a serious analysis of this could be made, asking whether this is cynical rhetoric or whether Bush has genuine empathy with the proletariat. But I’m not going to provide it here – I prefer to be amused by trivialities.
fn. 1 Actually it was by The Beast wanting to purr loudly whilst sitting on me, but I managed to doze off again.