Aiden Burley MP. Has this country lost it's sense of humour and perspective

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  1. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    They're still dripping in the news about Aiden Burley going to a fancy dress party where a mate was dressed in an SS uniform.

    It seems to that there is a distinct loss of perspective here. There is no suggestion that Mr Burley or even his mates have Nazi sympathies.

    I heard one of the socialist vermin bumping his gums and admitting that the real offence was that he went to a party during hard times.

    Personally I think the Labour Party needs to be reminded that quite a few of it's membership are or were fellow travellers with the Communist Party or the Soviet Union.
  2. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    I am also baffled by this.

    He was at a private bash (in his own time) presumably paid for by himself and his mates.
    Somebody rocks up wearing an SS uniform and it's not only all his fault but the crime of the century.

    Freddie Starr and Mel Brooks watch out.
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  3. Who cares? He's a politician, and therefore deserves everything he gets.

    I'll save any sympathy I have for real people, not politicians.
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  4. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    as a paid representative of the people he deserves getting the bullet for being a twat. Doesn't he read the newspapers at all ?
  5. The high water mark of ambition for a political party (they all do it but the Labour tossers do it more often) these days seems to be to get one of the opposition to resign, even if that would be against the national interest. Every little slip up results in Ed Balls getting all faux outraged and demanding that the transgressor considers their position. It's very dull and it's very obvious that the thing of paramount importance to a politician is not the common good; it is them getting into power.
  6. I can't say I've any time for the man but the fuss being made over this is quite simply pathetic. It wasn't his party, he didn't set the dress code as 'Nazi' and he wasn't dressed as a Nazi himself. What was his offence supposed to be, that he didn't leave when he saw the other chap's costume? Why the Hell should he?

    I never thought I'd ever say this, but the politicians aren't after all going to be first up against the wall when I'm crowned Emperor of Everything. It'll be the journalists.
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  7. 'Has this country lost its sense of humour?'.

    Having had to suffer the spiv Blair and then the psychotic, incontinent and failed oaf Brown, - lost our sense of humour? I'm surprised we know the meaning of the word 'humour'.

    Sadness. Desperation. Suicidal tendencies. Depression. Surrender. Confusion.

    These were symptomatic of the Blair-Brown-Balls Terror!

    Humour was never to the fore! Sadness - yes. Frustration - yes. Anger - daily. Humour? Meaning of the word please.
  8. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    The reasons why Burley is geting it in the neck are:

    (a) He apologised to the Jewish Chronicle for any "offense caused" by the antics of his "friend" without fully explaining his own role.

    (b) He did not mention to the hierarchy of the Tory Party that he had in fact paid for the costume.

    (c) He forgot to mention to the party hierarchy the small fact that he could be arrested by the French authorities for breaking their, somewhat stringent, rules as to when nazi/pseudo-nazi uniforms can be worn.

    The fact that he's a crass self-serving onanist is neither here nor there.

    Sense of Humour failure is not the reason why he's in the brown and smelly.
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  9. TheresaMay

    TheresaMay LE Moderator DirtyBAT

    I was quite surprised too when I saw this on Sky News. You only have to watch comedy shows on BBC1 and compare them to the stuff they're still showing on UK Gold to see just how much we have lost our sense of humour for fear of offending someone or other.

    On the other hand, after several weeks of deliberating over a theme for next year's Summer Ball - I think I may just have stumbled across the answer!
  10. This one always makes me chuckle.

    Is this faux-guilt at their history of welcoming their Nazi friends with open arms in 1940?

    Perhaps they've forgotten how many of them are the bastard children of Nazis, and how many took up arms to protect their country from the invading Allies.

    But, back on thread; this is a wholly Labour-fuelled frenzy about a non-story, backed 100% by the sensationalist media. "Aiden Burley sacked ... , he hasn't been sacked, just demoted. Of course nobody in the left-leaning side of the political spectrum did anything like this, now have they?
  11. You are wrong on this. Journalists have many faults but without them we would know burger all. (expenses)
    Politicians against the wall first please.
  12. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    The expenses thing was known about in the 1980s by myself and many others.

    Odd that it took the media over 30 years to get a outraged head of steam up about it.
  13. I agree. But surely that shows that we need a free press even more, for without them, an erstwhile prime minister would surely be know as 'Dear Leader' now.
  14. Fair point. I'll amend my lime-pit list to read 'journos' instead. The sort of person who deals in headlines rather than investigation and who can't tell the difference between the public interest and interesting to the public.
  15. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    Still doesn't explain why it took them over 30 years to print such an important story.

    It's almost like somebody didn't want them to.

    I don't think they have changed any.

    BTW, I am still baffled as to what this guy has actually done wrong.