Loony Left: Miliband lectures on the morality of lecturing on morality
The week's madness courtesy of Jimmy Carr, Ed Miliband, Paul Krugman, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Greenpeace, Rio+20, Labour MEP Mary Honeyball, and Francis "Basil" Gilbert
1. JIMMY CARR GETS WHAT WAS COMING
Some people think he’s funny. Others, such as myself, think he ceased to be so when he started fabricating that highly irritating, asthmatic-seal-calling-for-help laugh, and appearing on the sanctimonious common room chuckle-fest, 10 O’Clock Live.
Some people think he’s morally wrong. Others, myself included once more, think avoiding tax is like buying a yacht: those who can’t afford it (“it” being the expertise of expensive financial advisors and accountants in the former’s case) tend to get very uppity about it; but if we had the means, we bloody would too. And so we should; it’s our money.
Some people think he’s a hypocrite. Others…Okay, he is definitely a hypocrite.
Yes, you’ve all read about it – the week’s (somehow) biggest news story that comedian Jimmy Carr has been hiding around corners, avoiding his taxes.
So how did Jimmy Carr react to this embarrassing revelation? All wrong as it happens.
The comedian – who reportedly took home close to 99 percent of his £3.3m earnings last year – issued a statement apologising for his “terrible error of judgement” in using a tax avoidance scheme.
But as Carr explains himself, he “met with a financial advisor and he said to [him], ‘Do you want to pay less tax? It’s totally legal.’" He said yes. He's rich. We're not. Big deal.
Legal; understandable; simple.
The only terrible error of judgement that Jimmy made, at least from a principled perspective, was to take the gig on 10 O’Clock Live. If he doesn’t buy into left-wing ideology, he shouldn’t have sold his soul to make a living tickling the sides of smug adolescents in Che Guevara t-shirts.
Ironically, without that sizeable left-wing millstone around his neck, this whole sorry affair could have been laughed off with a simple one-liner.
2. ED MILIBAND DISPLAYS A SIMILAR LACK OF SHAME
What’s the betting that Ed Miliband was that kid at school who’d make loud noises about the “latest” band not knowing that everyone else had disowned them six months earlier for that ill-advised duet with Barry Manilow? (Hey, kids are fickle)
You just know it, don’t you? He’s perennially too keen to be involved – to point score – that he invariably ends up looking the plonker.
This week was no different.
On face value, it started out pretty well for Ed as he came out with a sound bite that, all things considered, was actually very sensible. In response to Cameron’s misguided criticism of Jimmy Carr, he rolled out a neatly pre-scripted line: “I don’t think it is for politicians to lecture people about morality.”
Gee Willikers! Would you look at that? Ed said something sound. Seeing as such an occasion is rarer than a Shane MacGowan tooth, and, for the sake of brevity, I suggest we ignore the lead-balloon caveat: “I think what the politicians need to do is – if the wrong thing is happening – change the law to prevent tax avoidance happening.”
Let’s just ride the moment and pretend he never qualified the statement.
Oh, and before I forget, let us also celebrate the delicious double dose of irony in a politician lecturing about the morality of politicians lecturing about morality (possibly a scene from Inception? – Edception?) – from the same politician who, last September, passed judgement over “good” and “bad” business.
3. SPEND LIKE ALIENS ARE INVADING
It seems Paul Krugman hasn’t learned his lesson. Not content with the ridicule he received last year for introducing his alien invasion hypothesis into the stimulus vs. austerity debate, he’s decided to bring it back for a second round, reports The Blaze.
(Alien reference begins at 2:18)
When prompted by Paul Solman, Krugman claimed it wasn't necessary for a collective fiction to be created in order for the world’s populace to link arms and march out of its grim economic surroundings; “Nothing exotic” said the opinion-splitting economist.
So why the alien scenario?
Of course, in all seriousness, Krugman is probably just thinking outside the box and trying to explain theory with the help of some abstract context – at least I hope he’s not proposing a dupe of illuminati proportions.
But this lunacy does kick up a wider point. And that is – at the risk of sounding like David Icke – the possibility that there really are those who would hoodwink us all down an alley for political gain.
Suddenly the Club of Rome and the collective fiction of anthropogenic global warming seem a little more credible.
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