Female genitals. What? That's it! Oh, and a higher concentration of melanin in her skin than most other people.
What's she on about this time? Hard to say. As commenter Peter Jackson puts it:
Could someone give me an idea of what this piece is meant to be about? We go from rugby coaches making excuses as they always have, to the Czechs celebrating writers, painters and sculptors, in the national cemetery for some reason. Then we travel to Finland, where we find Nokia (once owned by Britain's ICL, incidentally), a role in peace and reconciliation brought about by the fact that Finland is one of the few countries not really hated by anyone, and a heart disease programme held up for admiration.No wonder he sums it up with 'This really is what a literary critic might call a stream of unconsciousness.'...
Then we have shrinking Britain, which presumably has something to do with devolution, and the idea that we should pull our heads in and concentrate on art, drama, the World Service (?), science and invention. As though we hadn't enough prestige from those already.
Finally, another pointless detour back to rugby.
Anyone holding out hopes that Call-Me-Dave is merely waiting until he's in power before he reveals that yes, it was all a ploy, and he's really a conservative after all would be best advised to give this rambling, pointless, 'isn't Britain awful and so boyish!' column a once over and then ask themselves why a conservative worthy of the name would encourage membership of the party for a woman whose career history reads as follows:
...has worked on Capitol Hill and in Parliament, as a lobbyist for CND and the Royal College of Nursing, head of communications for the Commission for Racial Equality and founded Saatchi & Saatchi Cause Connection. She was also chair of CND during the first Gulf War and is co-author of Brand Spirit: How Cause Related Marketing Builds Brands with Hamish Pringle.
I spotted the residual Welsh nationalism in this article immediately- all that praise for Finland and the Czechs is code for the 'small is beautiful' line beloved by all practitioners of Celtic nationalism. (Don't mention Iceland though).
On seeing the title of this post I thought; this has to be about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown ! Our Marjorie is undoubtedly running YA-B close on the irritability scale. But for PC doublethink YA-B is still Queen of All She Surveys. Thus, in Saturdays Indy she extruded this gem - 'In the UK white Britons rule and racism blights our lives, though black and Asian people are no longer expected to complain about it' (!). This,Julia, was written in the same week as a disgruntled Indian female barrister filed a discrimination suit against her former chambers , in an attempt to extract £30 million in damages from them.That's Planet Yazza for you- the epicentre of fatuousness and special pleading.
Marjorie Ellis-Thompson however is definitely one to watch in the young challenger stakes!
It was the Guardian, after all. The lefties have to have somewhere to cry together.
By the way Nokia was not once owned by ICL. Nokia sold their personal computer division to ICL.
"I spotted the residual Welsh nationalism in this article immediately- all that praise for Finland and the Czechs is code for the 'small is beautiful' line beloved by all practitioners of Celtic nationalism."
"On seeing the title of this post I thought; this has to be about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown !"
Tomorrow's will be, since she reared her ugly head in the 'Indy' today!
Always puzzled by these people suddenly turning into chairs.
Surely NuLab would be this woman's natural home?
You're quite right about Nokia and ICL - I meant to say something more complex and cocked it up. I corrected myself a few comments later once I noticed.
So funny! Is this thing still going? Only just discovered it! So how are you foaming pathetic English nationalists dealing with the Scotland threat?! HA HA HA
PS they have chairs at Oxford don't they? (From whence your painfully out of date elite are drawn...) and what's wrong with referring to small nations rugby and a few other things in an article? Your brain just a little too slow to keep up? Disparage it as stream of consciousness if you like but far more interesting to read than a stilted piece of constipated argument reading like an exam answer which I suspect you'd be more comfortable with!
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