Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Horror! The Horror!

An Spailpín Fánach was distressed this morning to hear Morning Ireland use not one but two news items on the current brouhaha existing on a British reality TV program. They were presenting it as if this bad behaviour were news; surely it's the same as the front page headline on a newspaper reading "Pigs in Grunting Shock!"?

Hard luck on the British, of course, the race that civilised one third of the Earth, as we were reflecting in this forum only yesterday. There's a thoughtful and well-expressed piece in this morning's Telegraph on the matter by Shyama Perera, where the telling sentence is where Perera remarks on "the million 16- to 25-year-olds in Britain who are not in education, employment or training – young people on the scrapheap and costing us billions." We could have a few of those buckaroos ourselves, I'm thinking. God help us all.

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