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Words of The Times…


A couple of well-turned phrases I cut out from The Times (of London) while on the flight home last Friday.

“A football fan is like the man who marries whore after whore and expects every one to be faithful to him for ever.”

Simon Barnes writing about Joey Barton, the Man City footballer who turned down an offer to double his wages to £28,000 a week.

If you were to let a classroom of seven-year-olds vote on how they should be allowed to run their lives, you know the result. They would end school, legislate for compulsory chocolate and ice-cream, liberalise fussy rules on TV-watching and computer-game playing and institute a more relaxed approach to bedtime.

If you give the vote to a few million Palestinians in their current state, they will vote for the equivalent of chocolate, TV and ice-cream. They will endorse the annihilation of Israel, the mass murder of Americans and a holy war against infidels everywhere.

That’s not to say that Palestinians have puerile minds. But in political-historical-cultural terms they are like children. They have been conditioned entirely for decades by an environment of repression and poverty, pushed around by corrupt leaders poisoning their minds with hateful bile for decades and decades.

Gerard Baker speaks an uncomfortable truth about how Hamas came to win the Palestinian elections.

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