"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

"Don't Get Spastic"

It's easy to see from the above comment that not everyone pays as much attention to their choice of words as the British do. Imagine the outcry if it had been William Hague who'd uttered these words on an international platform; he would have been denounced, hounded by all sections of the media and, at the very least, had to apologise.

Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be under the linguistic cosh. How strange and out of place it seems to see that word in writing.

Rosenthal was discussing the reaction to the drips from Wikileaks and he has a point.  Prime Ministers, Presidents, state officials have all indulged in overblown rhetoric in the past 24hrs ("de-stabilising the whole world").  So far, nothing that has been released via the msm has warranted such a hysterical reaction. If Wikileaks can cause them to go into sanctimonious meltdown over a string of embarrasing revelations how will they react to a real threat?  Wait until the analytical bloggers get their teeth into the cables - then they can meltdown.

EU Observer has opened a special section for articles relating to the EU: The EU Files


  1. "The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Turkey host US arms of mass destruction" I think that we already knew that, and Italy, and Turkey.

  2. Hi Banned, yes, there's nothing in the msm at all that no-one knew or guessed already. I think only bloggers will have the inclination to dig deeper. I'm not interested in whether Cameron is thought of as 'a lightweight', or Berlusconi as 'a feckless, vain party-goer'. I think we can all reach our own judgements on that


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