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I had a boss who had no idea of his body odour problem, and everybody was too tactful to break it to him. Not so a visiting Rev Ian Paisley: "What the blazes is that smell? Is it you?" That sorted it. Stories of people blissfully unaware of their bad smells, bad manners and foghorn voices.

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(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 13:31)
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Born again Tories
Especially those from poorer backgrounds.

'I came from a modest background and I've worked hard to get what I've got. I don't see why I should have to pay all this tax'.

I have several friends who wholly supported the raising of University tuition fees despite the fact it means none of us would actually be able to go to University if we were 18 again today, and they wouldn't have the well-paid jobs they now have as a result. They don't seem to grasp why I think this is hypocritical.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:14, 22 replies)
Makes you a very boring
dinner guest though.

Could somebody pas the foi gras and rocket ketchup please?
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:19, closed)
I think Arabella has got the rocket ketchup
She was using it on the langoustines a moment ago.

Top up of organic Chablis?
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:32, closed)
Very kind of you to offer
but Daisy is breastfeeding Tarquin at the moment, and can't drink. I am of course abstaining in sympathy.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:42, closed)
Oi! Don't keep the bottle all to yourself over there, pass it down the table.

(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:51, closed)
Sorry old chap
Thought you were on the Malaysian wheat beer
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:53, closed)
I was, but it's... er... all gone...
Any more of those oysters in spam sauce. The cat fucking loves those. Oi! Marcella! You're tits are looking great in that dress. Eh? What dear?
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 16:03, closed)
All gone
I can offer you a Moules Mariniere Pringle...
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 16:12, closed)
It's there, next to
the Skips a l'orange.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 16:23, closed)
(Head on table with spoon up nose and hand down trousers)
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 16:52, closed)

(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 23:51, closed)
I thought you people all became true blues once you got your cap and gown.

(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:20, closed)
Quite right.
Uni is all about cheap beer, so the union bar is where it's at.

But why would one want to hang around with scruffy poor people after one graduates? They should all have a jolly good bath.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 16:31, closed)
Cheap beer? Scruffy poor people?
Yeenie's been socially and ideologically purified since the nineties, you know.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 22:29, closed)
Also, in a better world, people who bleat on about paying tax would get their tax increased even more as punishment.

(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:29, closed)
A policy
I could support
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:30, closed)
Perhaps they could be anonymously reported to the tax office, like benefit fiddlers can be reported to the DWP.
That'd be a right laugh.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 15:40, closed)
bog-standard Tories are just as annoying
"I've worked bloody hard to get where I am".

Yes, you possibly have. However, the fact that you went to private school and your parents gave you the money for a deposit on your first flat always gets left out somehow, doesn't it?
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 21:42, closed)
This is a fair point. I just hate the late converts more, I suppose, because they ought to know better.
(, Thu 29 Nov 2012, 23:27, closed)
... like to think there is something special about *them* that has made them successful, rather than the fact they have made the most of the opportunities offered by a country that has invested in a decent infrastructure, health and education system.
(, Fri 30 Nov 2012, 10:27, closed)
It's the fundamental attribution error
Tories (& New Labour): I'm rich because I worked bloody hard. He's richer than me because of his wealthy parents and a big dollop of blind luck. You're poor because you're lazy and feckless and don't deserve my tax money. But everybody gets what they deserve so there's no need to change anything.

(Old) Labour: I'm poor because I'm oppressed and marginalised. He's poor because he's lazy and feckless. You're rich because you're posh and lucky and don't deserve your income, so should pay to me through the tax and welfare system. Nobody gets what they deserve so we should change everything.

Reality: Almost everyone who works at all works hard. Almost nobody who doesn't work does it as a lifestyle choice. Almost all rich people had advantages they won't admit to that were not of their own doing, but topped them off by some degree of talent and effort. Almost all poor people could do a little bit more to improve their situation, but are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. It isn't a just world, so hardly anybody deserves what they get or gets what they deserve, but that shouldn't stop us trying to make it happen by changing some things.
(, Fri 30 Nov 2012, 14:17, closed)
If the world is unfair towards everyone
doesn't that make it fair?
(, Fri 30 Nov 2012, 15:50, closed)
This is possibly the most sensible and level-headed post I've ever read on this site.
And for that, it gets a click.
(, Sat 1 Dec 2012, 12:49, closed)

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