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(Washington Post)   The current British recession? Why, it's the Prime Minister's fault, of course. No, not the current Prime Minister. Or the one before that. Or the one before that. Or the one before that. No, not Winston Churchill. Yes, THAT one   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 54
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2012-06-03 12:04:34 AM
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2012-06-03 12:49:07 AM
Thats about as sane as blaming the current economic woes on Herbert Hoover and his administration's handling of the Great Depression.
 
2012-06-03 01:12:00 AM

cman: Thats about as sane as blaming the current economic woes on Herbert Hoover and his administration's handling of the Great Depression.


More like blaming our current problems on Reaganomics.
 
2012-06-03 01:13:41 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: More like blaming our current problems on Reaganomics.


And yet there's a modicum of sense to both, if you believe that the supply-side plan is as much a failure as it appears to be.
 
2012-06-03 01:22:10 AM
Seeing as Margaret Thatcher was still blaming Edward Heath for Britain's problems in her twelth year (having become Britain's longest governing Prime Minister), the ironic tag would also have been acceptible. What goes around, comes around.
 
2012-06-03 03:38:36 AM
B-b-b-b-b-ut Churchill!
 
2012-06-03 04:49:47 AM
I really thought this was going to be about Neville Chamberlain. I am severely disappointed.
 
2012-06-03 05:28:38 AM
I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one
 
2012-06-03 05:33:58 AM
It had to be either Pitt the Elder or Lord Palmerston.
 
2012-06-03 05:36:48 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: More like blaming our current problems on Reaganomics.


So sort of a general thematic historical analogy, but actually completely unrelated in any real sense if you look at the details? K, sure.

//Reaganomics are what a bunch of the right-wing loonies think we should be doing, but it's not what we've actually been doing since, well, Reagan. It collapsed and we reverted to a more standard model even before his second term was done. Deregulation of the banks isn't the same thing as Reaganomics (which more specifically encouraged and legalized diversification of non-bank companies), it's just deregulation of the banks... which has been a cyclic thing since long before Reagan, we clamp down on speculation and then loosen up on it in regular cycles of a few decades' length and have done so since the 1870s.
 
2012-06-03 05:49:01 AM
It's all Oliver Cromwell's fault!
 
2012-06-03 05:53:27 AM

theoutlaw: I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one


I think the Americans are far more obsessed with the pomp and ceremony. I was trying to fly British Airways to China and couldn't do it because even booking two months in advance of my trip, I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.
 
2012-06-03 06:03:19 AM

rynthetyn: theoutlaw: I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one

I think the Americans are far more obsessed with the pomp and ceremony. I was trying to fly British Airways to China and couldn't do it because even booking two months in advance of my trip, I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.


I live in Cambridge and should have been going to London this weekend. Staying put.

/though Cambridge is going to bad too. Might not leave house for a few days.
 
2012-06-03 06:24:18 AM
Number of recessions overcome through slashing government spending: 0

Number of recessions overcome by governments acting counter-cyclically, and investing in major longterm infrastructure; All of them.
 
2012-06-03 06:26:48 AM
Now we know why the Queen was test-firing the SA80.

Given that Thatcher outdid Reagan in anti-labor union extremism - to the point where people ended up permanently blacklisted from gainful employment - the amount of "chavs" you see these days should be an unsurprising result. That, and as a result of handing the country to the bankers with the austerity program, the only thing she didn't do to ruin the UK was to dilute the country with non-assimilating people. That was done by the opposition not much after her government ended. Congratulations, your award is a country full of chavs, terrorists-to-be(Londonistan, anyone?), dodgy people of other kinds, and even more socialism.

In addition, Ms. Thatcher played the media in ways that Obama could only dream of playing in the US. Saying something nasty about her would be an instant career limiting move, even if you weren't specifically prohibited from saying it.

Standing against the Soviets was one good thing, the Falklands was another, her wish to free the nation from socialism being a honorable idea, but not much more can be said in favor of Thatcher. Her intent may have been noble and well-applauded, but waging war against your own people (excluding the Irish conflicts) for not accepting austerity is quite extreme. Especially if it results in more socialism that favors the businesses, bankers, tax dodgers, non-assimilating folks, and criminals over the legitimate people residing there.
 
2012-06-03 06:31:33 AM
cla.calpoly.edu


Also slashed government spending and handed the NHS to the private sector.
 
2012-06-03 06:33:57 AM

sethstorm: Now we know why the Queen was test-firing the SA80.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-03 06:45:05 AM
"One day in a nuclear age
They may understand our rage"
 
2012-06-03 07:23:54 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: cman: Thats about as sane as blaming the current economic woes on Herbert Hoover and his administration's handling of the Great Depression.

More like blaming our current problems on Reaganomics.


Reaganomics is a philosophy economic system religious belief that is still around, instead of having been consigned to the dustbin of history as failed ideas normally are.

So, it's OK to keep blaming it, because it's still around.
 
2012-06-03 07:40:16 AM

Osomatic: I really thought this was going to be about Neville Chamberlain. I am severely disappointed.


As am I.
 
2012-06-03 07:47:26 AM
And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.
 
2012-06-03 07:55:53 AM

theoutlaw: rynthetyn: theoutlaw: I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one

I think the Americans are far more obsessed with the pomp and ceremony. I was trying to fly British Airways to China and couldn't do it because even booking two months in advance of my trip, I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.

I live in Cambridge and should have been going to London this weekend. Staying put.

/though Cambridge is going to bad too. Might not leave house for a few days.


If I was in London I might go wandering around to check it out simply due to curiosity, but there's no way I'd make a special trip, especially not a special trip from across the pond. I imagine the tube system is probably a nightmare right about now, especially with the confused American tourists (the surefire way to tell Americans from other badly dressed tourists like the Germans is that the Americans always look terrified on public transport and are tightly clutching their bags like they're carrying about the crown jewels or something).
 
2012-06-03 08:11:36 AM

Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.


And I say it was Pitt the Elder.
 
2012-06-03 08:15:59 AM

Mrtraveler01: And I say it was Pitt the Elder.


I blame Magnus Carter.
 
2012-06-03 08:26:56 AM
We get it, she's female.
 
2012-06-03 08:42:55 AM

Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.

And I say it was Pitt the Elder.


And I think it was Pitt the glint in the milk-man's eye.
 
2012-06-03 09:22:05 AM

Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.

And I say it was Pitt the Elder.


LORD PALMERSTON!
 
2012-06-03 09:25:17 AM
I blame Oliver farking Cromwell.
 
2012-06-03 09:27:50 AM

Sheriff McLawdog: Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.

And I say it was Pitt the Elder.

LORD PALMERSTON!


PITT THE ELDER!!
 
2012-06-03 09:46:27 AM

Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.

And I say it was Pitt the Elder.

LORD PALMERSTON!

PITT THE ELDER!!


PITT THE YOUNGER, biatch!
 
2012-06-03 09:46:56 AM
Lord North

/ for losing the 13 colonies, of course.
 
2012-06-03 10:23:36 AM
This is something up with which I will not put.
 
2012-06-03 10:29:38 AM

trotsky: Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: Mrtraveler01: Sheriff McLawdog: And I say England's Prime Minister that caused the recession was Lord Palmerston.

And I say it was Pitt the Elder.

LORD PALMERSTON!

PITT THE ELDER!!

PITT THE YOUNGER, biatch!


IVOR 'JEST YE NOT MADAM' BIGGUN
 
2012-06-03 11:20:35 AM
brantgoose:
Seeing as Margaret Thatcher was still blaming Edward Heath for Britain's problems in her twelth year

I'm sure you have some good examples of that, right?

Other than arguing with Heath (who was still calling for many dim-witted policies), who was an MP until 2001.
 
2012-06-03 11:23:21 AM
reminds me of some Right-wingnuts trying to blame the recession on Jimmy Carter and his lack of regulation on the housing and banking industry
 
rka
2012-06-03 12:21:53 PM

rynthetyn: theoutlaw: I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one

I think the Americans are far more obsessed with the pomp and ceremony. I was trying to fly British Airways to China and couldn't do it because even booking two months in advance of my trip, I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.


How do you know they were going for the jubilee? Maybe they were going to China.
 
2012-06-03 12:24:30 PM
rka:
I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.

More likely because of the huge number of royalty-obsessed retired Brits who are going home to visit relatives.

We have a LOT of retirees from the Isles in Florida...
 
2012-06-03 12:36:35 PM

rka: rynthetyn: theoutlaw: I take mild offence at the idea that 'the British' 'will be wallowing' in 'pomp and 'ceremony'.

I and everyone I know are getting as far away as we can from the bloody Queen this weekend. Also, it's raining.

/Much prefer the grumpy stereotype to the quaint, royalty-obsessed one

I think the Americans are far more obsessed with the pomp and ceremony. I was trying to fly British Airways to China and couldn't do it because even booking two months in advance of my trip, I couldn't get on any BA flight out of Florida into London because of all the royalty-obsessed Americans flying to the UK for the Queen's jubilee.

How do you know they were going for the jubilee? Maybe they were going to China.


There was no problem getting seats on the London to Beijing BA flights, it was the Florida to London flights that were all booked full waaaaay in advance. In the past, I've done last minute BA flights from Florida through London no problem, even in season, but this time there were no flights from any of the airports in the state.
 
2012-06-03 12:40:53 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: cman: Thats about as sane as blaming the current economic woes on Herbert Hoover and his administration's handling of the Great Depression.

More like blaming our current problems on Reaganomics.


When people stop using its principles, then it can stop being blamed.
 
2012-06-03 01:05:52 PM
i50.tinypic.com

THIS one?
 
2012-06-03 01:09:38 PM
He's saying the contemporary Tories are following the same policies as Thatcher, which is a bad thing. He's not actually blaming Thatcher. Jesus, Fark is terrible.
 
2012-06-03 02:22:07 PM
I voted for Harold Saxon
 
2012-06-03 06:26:28 PM

Shvetz: He's saying the contemporary Tories are following the same policies as Thatcher, which is a bad thing. He's not actually blaming Thatcher. Jesus, Fark is terrible.


Except that, no austerity policy has actually been implented yet.

If your creditors realize that you have no intention of ever paying off your debt, they will back away slowly.

Countries with politicians and media that persistently whine about borrowing LESS as if that were 'austerity' are the morans who are putting western democracies in jeopardy right now. Thatcher predicted exactly what would happen to Europe after the euro.
 
2012-06-03 06:57:04 PM
FTA: When it comes to pomp and ceremony, nobody does it better than the British...

At the point where you're using the phrase "pomp and ceremony," you're obviously describing something British. In North America we call it "partying down," in Scottand they call it "a wee bit of merrymakin" and in Australia they call it "catching a wallaby."
 
2012-06-03 07:34:19 PM
I blame Sir Robert Walpole.
 
2012-06-03 08:12:16 PM

Osomatic: I really thought this was going to be about Neville Chamberlain. I am severely disappointed.


He's pretty much the only reason the British army was in any state worth standing up to the Nazis. The real problem is that damned Clement Atlee.
 
2012-06-03 09:34:58 PM

Jonnadiah: [i50.tinypic.com image 636x477]

THIS one?


Yes!
 
2012-06-03 10:19:03 PM

cman: Thats about as sane as blaming the current economic woes on Herbert Hoover and his administration's handling of the Great Depression.


Conservatives loved HooverCarts so much they actually named their economic think tank after the farker. Hoover wasn't the original idiot, but "conservatives" sure do treat the man like a god.

If they bothered to actually *read* what Adam Smith actually wrote, not what they wished he wrote, they would understand that their bastardization of free-markets wasn't what anyone had in mind when they were being founded. Then again, if they bothered to *read* the bible instead of just throwing them at people, they'd probably be better at Christianity too.
 
2012-06-03 11:06:52 PM
Neil, the bathroom's free. Unlike the country under the Thatcherite junta.

Who cares about Thatcher and unemployment? We can do just exactly whatever we want to do. And you know why? Because we're Young Ones. Bachelor boys. Crazy, mad, wild-eyed, big-bottomed anarchists.
 
2012-06-04 12:28:35 AM

Anenu: Osomatic: I really thought this was going to be about Neville Chamberlain. I am severely disappointed.

As am I.


Thirded. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to never know who Neville Chamberlain was. And Subby fails at the headline, which is happening quite a lot lately.
 
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