…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I find it amusing when the low-class, semi-educated Britons try to show their superiority over Australians simply because we do not use the Yorkshire twang or Brixton slang. Some Australians believe that this hoity-toitiness is based on an indisputable fact that Australia used to be a British colony but that would be giving the British educational system too much of a credit. The history is not something an average Briton is familiar with. Yet, they vaguely remember they used to be an empire, not realising that their glory days are long past. Everybody, including the current Islamic and East European arrivals know that the descendants of that great British empire have as little in common with its former achievements as the today’s occupants of Greece with its former Hellenic glory.
Normal Australians do not suffer from so called ‘cultural cringe’ and are bemused by the “downstairs” half-wits believing they became automatically “upstairs” toffs because they happen to be in Australia. Of course, amongst normal Australians I do not include the ABC’s hacks and the left intelligentsia, who have a lot to cringe about. Recently, for example, they wet themselves with joy for being allowed to listen to a pontificating Labour Brit:
“British MP and freelance Kevin Rudd campaigner Tom Watson is smashing his way through the ABC like a tsunami with a stomach. The Murdoch-obsessed parliamentary Pac-Man is out here on charity money: Mr Watson’s media tour is sponsored entirely by activist group Avaaz.
The way the British reason and manners degraded in short twenty or forty years is well illustrated by the incident of a non-Labour Basildon councillor Ms Mo Larkin.
“The Basildon Council probe was launched after a picture of mayor Mo Larkin looking at her phone while on stage at an Armed Forces Day ceremony was uploaded to the internet. … A council ordered an employee to spend a full working week investigating whether someone had tried to ‘embarrass’ its mayor by posting this picture online.
The picture was taken while Cllr Larkin was stood in front of hundreds of spectators in Basildon town centre in Essex on June 29. Soldiers were performing a military salute in front of her as it was taken.
Cllr Larkin ordered the probe after allegedly receiving a tip-off that it had been taken and distributed by a member of council staff. …
Cllr Larkin said she had been trying to switch the phone off because it kept ringing. Four people were interviewed by a council officer but the investigation failed to identify the photographer. Labour councillor and opposition leader Nigel Smith blasted the investigation. He said: ‘This was a disgusting waste of officer time and public money in a time of austerity when cuts are being made to public services. I believe it is more to do with the mayor’s vanity than anything else. I don’t believe it is in the public interest.”…
The Taxpayers’ Alliance also criticised Basildon Council. Jonathan Isaby, political director of the organisation, said: “Basildon residents will be absolutely appalled that money they have paid in council tax was spent on this investigation. There is no justification whatsoever for council staff to be getting involved in what appears to be little more than an attempt to hide the mayor’s blushes.”
Cllr Larkin said: “What happened was my partner was ill in the morning. We had been on holiday in Barbados and he had been bitten by a mosquito. We had been back for just under a week and he wasn’t well. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to go to the ceremony but he said he had to go out on business anyway. He passed out on the motorway and the police were calling me from his phone. My phone kept ringing and ringing. I didn’t answer it. I took it out of my bag and I was trying to turn it off but I couldn’t see it properly because the sun was shining directly on it, so I put my hand on it to try to turn it off.”
Presumably she knew her partner will collapse on the highway after that nasty mosquito bite and that is why she had not turned her phone off, as decent and well-mannered people do. Her excuse is on par with “a dog ate my homework” ones.