So I'm not the only one who wasn't swept up by the BS that followed rat bastard Ted Kennedy's demise. When I see people eulogising a man who let a young woman die, I feel sick to my stomach. Would you believe 50 000 sheeple lined up to walk past his coffin? Have people lost the ability to think for themselves? Really, what the fu*k have the Kennedys ever done for anyone? Being born rich, spoilt and having the right political connections to get elected does not make you a good person, it makes you a politician and keeps you busy that's all. And having the benefit of having oodles of cash to keep your rich fat ass out of jail is always nice.
By Damian Thompson (the Telegraph UK)
Gordon Brown has written an article in the Boston Globe that credits Senator Edward Kennedy with – well, saving the world, basically. I wouldn’t expect the Prime Minister to attack Kennedy right after his death, and some sort of tribute is perhaps appropriate, but this nauseating eulogy is an insult to the British victims of a terrorist organisation to which Kennedy offered moral support over many long years.
Here’s an extract from Brown’s piece. Sick bags at the ready:
Northern Ireland is today at peace; South Africa is free of apartheid; more children not only in his nation, but in the poorest nations, are going to school and have health care. We owe a great debt to the vision and courage of Ted Kennedy.
Ted Kennedy courageous? Not during the IRA terror campaign of the 1970s, when he didn’t utter a word of condemnation that might upset the Boston Irish machine that indirectly helped pay for those nail bombs. And not on another occasion, you may recall, when a phone call to the police was mysteriously delayed.
Incidentally, did you know that Gordon Brown was one of Senator Kennedy’s best friends? Me neither, but apparently so:
I was fortunate to get to know Ted years ago. He invited me to Cape Cod during a number of summers in the 1990s. Almost immediately, even as he masterfully navigated us around the Cape in his boat, our discussions focused on what America and Britain could do together to tackle the scandal of child poverty. At the dinner table where he had sat with his father, brothers, and sisters and been interrogated himself, he interrogated me about current events - as I suspect his father had done with him. He asked in detail what Britain was doing on health care, welfare, and education, about our international engagement on disarmament and, later, terror. His abiding interest in an Irish settlement helped the United Kingdom enormously. He was a massive force in bringing the factions together to make peace in Northern Ireland possible. This was one of the many reasons why this year Her Majesty The Queen awarded Kennedy an honorary British knighthood.
It’s the last sentence that really sticks in the craw. Kennedy’s honorary KBE marked a low point in the history of the honours system. It was a Brownite stunt that caused scandal in all Britain’s main parties. Yes, I know that knighthoods are awarded in the name of the Queen, but Brown’s article makes it sound as if she came up to him one day and said: “Prime Minister, we really must do something to honour dear old Ted.”
I wouldn’t presume to speculate what Her Majesty thought of that grotesque gesture. But it wouldn’t surprise me if, at some stage, the name of Lord Mountbatten of Burma crossed her mind.