April 22, 2003
The latest creature to hatch from the primordial ooze is George Galloway, who is some sort of Scottish commie, and who was also apparently in the pay of the Ba'ath regime, hence his rabid defense of Hussein and his cronies before the war. Links to pertinent articles in these two posts by Tim Blair. I'm sure there will be updates everywhere.
Posted by Andrea Harris at April 22, 2003 02:39 PM
Thanks for using the adjective "Scottish" instead of "British." I'd like to see as much distance as possible between myself and Saddam's Crevice-Licker-in-Chief.
I can appreciate how you feel Steven, but being of Scottish descent myself...
I never make the mistake of calling a Scotsman -- or a Welshman or an Irishman -- or woman of any of these -- British. Then again, I never went to journalism school...
Any chance that other great defender of Sadaam, one Thomas Daschle, got any of that money?
Speaking of Power, Corruption and Lies, I just unpacked my (actual vinyl) albums after ten years in boxes in the garage, and there it was. Right next to Brotherhood. Made me think of you, Andrea.
The Scritti Politti album, though, didn't.
Scritti Politti -- ::shudder::
Andrea, except for the Irish in the Republic, they ARE British. It's ENGLISH that you shouldn't call them.
David - you mean the Northern Irish protestants. If you call anyone else over there British you're likely to get glassed.
That one went on the trash-heap, Andrea. It was an artifact from my first marriage. But, okay, while I'm in confession mode, one of the ones I didn't find was Kajagoogoo, which I bought before I even met my first wife. It's possible that I played frisbee with it at some point.
Well, Steven, Andrea mentioned the Scots and the Welsh, who are British (I don't think even the SNP and Plaid Cymru deny that this is the case at the moment--they just want to change it). Many NI Catholics are actually citizens of the Republic, but not all of them are, and while I might not have the temerity to call those who don't British to their faces, they are anyway.
Technically, I believe Ireland is one of the British Isles. But I don't think that cuts much ice when it comes to The Troubles...
From my experience, "Scottish Commie" is quite redundant. Taken as a whole, the Scots are the most appalling socialists extant (witness their latest attempts to remove land from the "gentry" and redistribute it errr open it up to Housing For The Pore).
All the capitalist Scots seem to have emigrated, leaving behind the Envious.
Well, Kevin, if we're really getting into semantics, are the Bretons in France "British?" The island of Great Britain is, after all, actually called that to distinguish it from Little Britain, i.e., Brittany. One could also say that ONLY the Welsh and Bretons are really British, since theirs are the only living Brythonic (as opposed to Goedelic) Celtic languages.
That was my impression too.
Oops -- my last comment was directed at Kim's comment. (& to add -- a lot of people probably don't know about the People's Rebublic of Scotland; I probably should have said "head commie" or something.)
Re: British vs. English, etc. -- now, no bar fights over ethnic designations, or I'll have to take y'all out behind the woodshed. ;)
Yes, Scotland is a basket-case. It reminds me of reading the absolutely hilarious "Quebec Nationalism Activity Book" in the McGill University bookstore in Montreal: there's a cartoon parody of one of those Charles Atlas ads from the 40's or 50's where the 96-pound weakling (labeled "Quebec") gets sand kicked in his face by the big jock (labeled "Ottawa") and then up shows some Bloc Quebecois politician cast as Atlas. "Are you a coddled minority with delusions of persecution?" he asks. "With my patented "national tension method" I can make you into an independent country with REAL problems." It gets one to wondering about the chaos that would ensue if the SNP ever got their way, since they wouldn't have all that money pouring north any more.
I see my evil plan to steer this thread off of corruption and on to '80s trash music has failed, utterly.