Monday, August 11, 2008

Bitterness and spite

To your humble Devil, Jeremy Clarkson is a bit like Rod Liddle; I don't agree with a lot that either of them say, but I do enjoy the panache with which they say it. And so it is that I happily highlight Clarkson's assessment of the Polly Toynbee-style spite that afflicts so much of the bien-pensant (a misnomer if ever there was one) population of this country.
I don’t yearn for many aspects of the American way but they do seem to have this dreadful bitterness under control. When they see a man pass by in a limousine, they say: “One day, I’ll have one of those.” When we see a man pass by in a limo, we say: “One day, I’ll have him out of that.”

Succinctly put, I think.

6 comments:

Henry Crun said...

Agreed DK. It is the do in a manger attitude that pervades the socialist psyche. The arsewipe turned parish councillor that is Terry Kelly is a prime example.

Henry Crun said...

correction - dog in a manger.

I really should read before I post.

Doctor Syn said...

The difference between the British and Americans was explained to me many years ago - by an Australian, no less.

In the US, he said, Smith sees Jones driving a new car. Smith says, "I see Jones has a new car. I'd like a new car too. I'll work overtime, get a second job, have the wife get a second job, sell the children, etc. and I'll buy a new car."

In Britain, Smith sees Jones driving a new car. Smith says, "I see Jones has a new car. Why does Jones have a new car when I don't? It's not fair. I'll get the State to help me get Jones's new car off him."

It looks as if not much has changed in the intervening years.

Pogo said...

"Henry"... Since you went on to refer to Terry Kelly, I reckon that your first attempt was nearer the truth! :-)

Three Jags said...

What pisses a lot of us off is that the people yelling "One day, I'll have him out of that car" are often those who already have a couple of nice cars for themselves, but are proudly yelling on behalf of some mythical little man who they think might not have got a new car.

Shug Niggurath said...

I've seen envy as attitude and I hated it.

Trust me, these horrible people would resent you having a bigger George Foreman grill for the burgers.

In fact, they'd resent your burgers.