Post by Tony Cooper
On Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:25:43 +0100, Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by Kerr-Mudd,John Post by Lewis Post by Tony Cooper
On Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:22:08 -0500, Quinn C
Post by Quinn C Post by Lewis Post by Ken Blake Post by Yurui Liu
Are the following sentence correct? If so, what's the difference?
Politicians with lips to tell lies should be put in jail.
Politicians with lips telling lies should be put in jail.
I'd appreciate your help.
The words about lips are unnecessary, and make both sentences
clumsy, It would be to just say "Politicians telling lies should
be put in jail."
Or perhaps even better, "Politicians should be put in jail."
How do you know when a politician is lying?
His lips are moving.
That's why we need women in power.
That has been a joke over the years, but it seems not to be a joke
It's gone well for the Kiwis, but very poorly for the UK.
Israel and India experimented with Lady Leaders much earlier. Pakistan
oh yes, Angela Merkel.
Of these, Angela Merkel is probably No. 1, though Jacinda Ardern is
pretty good. Benazir Bhutto had an impossible job, but she did as much
as she could.
In addition, there are Sri Lanka, Argentina, Chile. Michelle Bachelet
in Chile did pretty well in her first term, not so much in her second.
Sirima Bandarinaike (Sri Lanka) was, I think, the first woman leader.
I would expect that Margaret Thatcher will not be mentioned as a
paragon of female leadership.
That's rather difficult for an American to understand. Not that we
feel any need to defend Thatcher, but whatever she did to so enrage so
many Brits is not fully understood by most Americans. They were
policies internal to the UK about issues we aren't all that familiar
Oh, she did plenty of things outside the UK as well. Started a pointless
and idiotic war based on her astonishing stubbornness and incapability to
engage in diplomacy, just for one.
I have the advantage of having several long-term British friends, and
we've discussed Thatcher at length over the decades.
Mostly she operated on the "anything I say is right, and the rest of you
can fuck off" principal of politics. Very Trumpian. She eviscerated the
UK Government to turn over vast sums of money to private enterprises and
damaged the standing of the country on the world stage to a degree it's
never recovered from. She was a union breaker, an enemy of the working
class, and a leader who never hesitate to emboldened the greedy at the
expense of the poor.
She tried to block Germany's reunification and thought and oft said that
Nelson Mandela was a terrorist. She was a staunch supporter of the
apartheid regime in South Africa, of course.
She is also the direct progenitor of Brexit, and hated the EU and often
spoke against it.
She set about to, and succeeded, in destroying Britain's manufacturing
industry which led to the end of many well know companies with
international markets. Want to know why the British car industry
imploded and was bought up by Germans and Americans? Thatcher.
She also doubled the VAT (well, just short so she could not be called a
liar for denouncing reports she planned to double it in a loud voice
while actually doubling it), which of course impacts the poorest people
the most. But she despised the poor, having come from a family that
scraped itself out of the lower levels of the lower middle class, like
so many she wanted to make sure no one else would ever benefit from the
aid her family received.
She was a monster and there was a website (run by two friends of mine)
for years isthatcherdead.co.uk or something which got mentioned in the
Daily Heil, which wrung its hand at how terrible it was that people were
anxious to hear she was finally dead. It got a lot of traffic.
Before she died the website merely said, in large letters "NO THE CUNT
IS STILL ALIVE" and after it said "YES. This lady is not returning. How
are you celebrating?" with links to find parties near you celebrating
The hashtag "NowThatchersDead" was misread by many non-Brits as
She is hated and despised by a lot of the UK, but the rich Brexiteers
It is possible Britain has had a worse, more damaging PM, but it's not
First we must assume a spherical cow.