Saturday, July 09, 2005

Tangential Point on Livingstone
I'm not sure why London Mayor Ken Livingstone is getting so much praise from rightish sources for condemning the London bombings. Sure, he hits some inargueable points: "in the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railway stations ... you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dream and achieve their potential ... whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."

But why does he throw in this Michael Moore, "it's a crime to hit blue states, but red states deserve terrorism" crap?
I want to say one thing, specifically to the world today - this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful, it was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian ... young and old."
"I want to say one thing" Red Ken tells us. The evil is that this attack was not against the mighty and powerful. Geez. My point is far from the most important issue at present, and Livingstone is existing in a moral plane 1000x more enlightened than the killers, but the Left is still infected by the class-warfare bug.

On the other hand, I continue to love Tony Blair. This is not bombing related, but I'm delighted to see him break the Labour Party from the inside. Great stuff:
"Some have suggested I want to abandon Europe's social model," Blair told the European Parliament last month. "But tell me: what type of social model is it that has 20 million unemployed in Europe, productivity rates falling behind those of the United States; that is allowing more science graduates to be produced by India than by Europe; and that, on any relative index of a modern economy -- skills, R&D, patents, IT -- is going down not up."

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