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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2110039,00.html

I love Theodore...such a grumpy old sh1t, but I can't help agreeing with him!

I'm a bit dubious about him. He seems to have made a name for himself repeating some fairly obvious truisms over and over again e.g people in prison are often a bit scummy. Really? I'd never have guessed. Thanks for setting me straight on that one Ted.

Theodore Dalrymple is a pseudonym. His real name is Anthony Daniels. I much prefer him when he's being C3P0 in those Star Wars films.

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THE SIGHT OF MILLIONS of Frenchmen, predominantly young, demonstrating in deep sympathy and solidarity with themselves, is one that will cause amusement and satisfaction on the English side of the Channel. Everyone enjoys the troubles of his neighbours. And at least our public service strikers just stay away from work, and spend the day peacefully performing the rites of their religion, DIY, and not making a terrible nuisance of themselves. In fact, many of them are probably less of a public nuisance if they stay at home than if they go to work.

The difference is they will probably win their battle where as Unison will strike and strike and get nowhere. But the good point being that Unison staff houses should all be nicely decorated.

I don't go in for all this french bashing. I was in Paris three weeks ago and got lost. I forgot the name of the Hotel (actually just didn't manage to say it right) and a french taxi driver drove me to a friend he had at another hotel and allowed me to look it up on the internet and only charged me the fair to my hotel.

A london cabbie would of run me over and then gone back and reversed over my foot.

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Me neither French people are nice. Its all those people who are either uneducated or the old farts who still think we are an empire. The rioting is a bit nuts though.

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This guy wrote a book which basicaly said, poor people are at fault for their own circumstances

due to their negative thinking and that Socialism is the root of the problem.

But we had these problems back in Victorian times before Socialism, in fact Socialism was a

reaction to these problems.

This all reminds me of the positive thinking, think and grow rich rubbish spouted by all the

personal development fraudsters.

One of the people that started all this off was Napoleon Hill who wrote a book about the first

american millionaire Andrew Carnegie who despite all the clap trap he writes in the book made

his money selling steel to the government when they went to war, so basicaly making money out of

death and misery.

More about the liberalisation he is fond of can be found on another thread.

Importing Slavery In The Uk, BBC1 now 9.15am

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This guy wrote a book which basicaly said, poor people are at fault for their own circumstances

due to their negative thinking and that Socialism is the root of the problem.

Which book was that?

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Which book was that?

Life at the bottom. Trust me marg, you'll love it. I certainly did.

best bit? tatoos and crime - the clear link he sees everytime he's in prison.

he reckons that removing tatoos from prisoners would help them go straight. of course there's a big problem with this idea:

people would commit crime to get their tatoos removed. great stuff ;)

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Do yourself a favour and don't read either of them.

I've read 'Life at the Bottom', but it doesn't seem to be the book that Fudge is writing about, unless his version had a very different content to the one I read. From what I remember Dalrymple placed at least as much blame on the system which benefits from an underclass and creates the dysfunctional values they live by as he did on the poor themselves.

He also wrote a novel about a housing officer who goes around killing his clients.

Didn't know that: I'll have to look it up.

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I'm a bit dubious about him. He seems to have made a name for himself repeating some fairly obvious truisms over and over again e.g people in prison are often a bit scummy. Really? I'd never have guessed. Thanks for setting me straight on that one Ted.

Theodore Dalrymple is a pseudonym. His real name is Anthony Daniels. I much prefer him when he's being C3P0 in those Star Wars films.

Theodore Dalrymple? C3PO? French riots?

Am I dreaming this?

Good article though.

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I've read 'Life at the Bottom', but it doesn't seem to be the book that Fudge is writing about, unless his version had a very different content to the one I read. From what I remember Dalrymple placed at least as much blame on the system which benefits from an underclass and creates the dysfunctional values they live by as he did on the poor themselves.

Exactly. It's the system.

Tear it down!

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I've read 'Life at the Bottom', but it doesn't seem to be the book that Fudge is writing about, unless his version had a very different content to the one I read. From what I remember Dalrymple placed at least as much blame on the system which benefits from an underclass and creates the dysfunctional values they live by as he did on the poor themselves.

Didn't know that: I'll have to look it up.

I don't necessarily disagree with him, I just think he's a crashing bore. He writes the same article stating the bloody obvious, over and over again.

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This guy wrote a book which basicaly said, poor people are at fault for their own circumstances

due to their negative thinking and that Socialism is the root of the problem.

I'm not sure it's that simple, he basically contends that the social system keeps you in your place by modern means and also employs thousands of well paid middle-class people that have the best of intentions but actually just perpetuate suffering.

It's the tyranny of low expectations, and they don't provide a ladder.

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