Sunday, October 19, 2008

This week's news

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The parents of Daniel James, a former rugby player who remained wholly paralysed after a scrum during training. He couldn't take it anymore so his folks granted his wishes and took him to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal. Imagine what courage it took them.

On a day when the world learnt that mega-City bonuses are continuing unabated, Josef Ackermann, chief executive of Germany's Deutsche Bank, announced that he's renouncing his bonus "in favour of hard-working staff that need the money more than I do". Rare stuff.

Dereck Simpson, joint secretary of Unite. In response to David Cameron barking that the Tories would sort out the economy, the union's general secretary said: "They had an appalling record on handling the economy, they presided over two recessions, record repossessions and record unemployment levels. The Tories ripped the heart out of our communities".


Robin Harris in The Daily Mail :"Don't blame Maggie! If only we had taken heed of Mrs Thatcher's core belief: you MUST live within your means". A textbook example of toxic ignorance. Harris doesn't know that the Tories' right-to-buy scheme of the 1980s led to an all-time record in repossessions. The Thatcher government also ended the restrictions on lending and those on hire purchases, as Nigel Lawson proudly lists in his 1992 memoir.

The Daily Star. If you're looking for a clear symptom (or cause?) of the country's dumbing down, then you need look no further. This is what that fine blend of pornography and football came up with on Wednesday. "The credit crunch is snapping at our heels. But who cares when we have stunning Lucy Pinder to cheer us up.", and on to photos of tits, tits and more tits. Quality.

Ringo Starr. The Beatles' drummer issued a "serious message" on YouTube to tell his fans to stop sending fan mail. "Nothing will be signed after Oct 20, I have too much to do. Peace'n'love". You've got to watch it. It's hilarious.

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