A Little Brit of Politics: MP Fired For Racism. Plus: Diana Inquest

This guy makes Joe Biden look like the Mahatma: Patrick Mercer, a British homeland security minister, said racist slurs like “black bastard” should be expected in the Army, and added that while he was a colonel, “I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanors.” From The Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson, a British MP, in the Telegraph calls Mohammed al-Fayed‘s inquest into Princess Diana‘s death ridiculous and a boon for fat-cat lawyers, hotel operators, and the media. “Is there a loser? Well yes, my friends, we are all losers – and not just as taxpayers. In granting Fayed both an inquest and a jury, we have made British justice look like a rich man’s toy.”From The Daily Record.

Oh, UK chancellor Gordon Brown had a root canal without anesthesia just so he could give a speech a few hours later. Talk about taking one for the team. The Sun reports he didn’t even flinch. Who says those Labour boys are ponces?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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