Is this the most absurd Daily Mail headline EVER?


1:23 pm - April 11th 2013

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I’m surprised the Daily Mail realise that comparing people to Hitler is a criticism.

2. Rhys Williams

Seem the Daily Mail have not hear of the Godwin’s law then…

It’s a tough one. On the one hand you have a teacher who compares Thatcher to Hitler, and prances about waving the Soviet flag; and on the other you have the Daily Mail.

Can’t we just agree that they deserve each other and go and watch cricket or something?

Paul Dacre gets £1.8 million per year for hateful trash like this. I don’t know how the Mail can be filled with so much toxic material without being declared a biohazard.

er…did Romany Blyth have the breast implants?…or margaret thatcher? cos it’s not clear from the headline. Just asking.

It seemed clear to me that it was Romany Blythe who had the breast implants.

I’m with Tim J on this one.

No despots in the cricket world, at least not since Steve Waugh retired.

I’m surprised the Daily Mail realise that comparing people to Hitler is a criticism.

LOL

9. Shatterface

If Thatcher has breast implants I’m guessing they were Tony Blair’s present to the deceased.

Breast implants are irrelevant to the story – unless they were privately paid for in which case there would be some irony.

Not arsed about the party either. If I was drinking I’d raise a glass myself.

But waving the flag of the Soviet Union is pretty much like waving the Nazi flag. Both represent genocidal, totalitarian states.

It is of course a stupid headline and story. But that’s the Daily Mail. I think the protesters were a bit daft too as it’s only going to wind people up. And people like to wind each other up. The loathing is mutual.
Just look at these three men in Brixton who were on the front page of one of yesterday’s papers.
http://www.tntmagazine.com/media/News/London_news/anti-thatcher-celebrations-brixton3.jpg

Giving it the Wolfie Smilth salute and looking like dossers. Just the kind of people that daily Mail people like to hate.
I thought Russell Brand was very good in the Guardian today – and guess what Brendan O’Neill said in the Telegraph.

That headline is a quote….not something the mail made up.

That said, I do read some of Sunny’s headlines here and wonder if isn’t trying to line himself up a job as a headline writer at the Mirror or similar redtop.

@ 4 Schmidt

“Paul Dacre gets £1.8 million per year for hateful trash like this”

The headline and sub headers are all factual….not of the Mail’s creation.

So who is being hateful? The people saying these disgusting things or a newspaper simly reporting it?

@9 Shatterface

“But waving the flag of the Soviet Union is pretty much like waving the Nazi flag. Both represent genocidal, totalitarian states.”

If only a few more of the hard left realised this.

I’m not sure why the Mail suddenly has a problem with publicly-funded fake tits. There’s a pair running the country.

Sorry, am I missing something? Is it not in fact Romany Blyth who said that they ‘danced in the streets when Hitler died too’? I thought the quotation marks would have given it away. Please do point it out if I have missed something. Perhaps you Sunny could point out why you have labelled a quotation as a headline.

@11 Dacre. All day. Every day.

“That headline is a quote….not something the mail made up.”

When did they start doing that?

17. Man on Clapham Omnibus

I’ve long suspected that people with false tits are cryto neo fascist syndicalist commies waiting to get us.

I’ve long suspected that people with false tits are cryto neo fascist syndicalist commies waiting to get us.

That Katie Price – ‘Jordan’ was just her code name while she worked for her paymasters in Moscow. In fact she was the prototype of the dastardly plan to take over the UK using fembots employed by the Sun.

Is she supposed to be repentant for the death parties or the implants? And do the implants bear any relevance to the death parties?

You would.

21. Chaise Guevara

@ Freeman

“Sorry, am I missing something? Is it not in fact Romany Blyth who said that they ‘danced in the streets when Hitler died too’? I thought the quotation marks would have given it away. Please do point it out if I have missed something. Perhaps you Sunny could point out why you have labelled a quotation as a headline.”

The quote is part of the headline, and it’s not the point. The headline is absurd because it goes “Nasty People Being Nasty About Maggie BREAST IMPLANTS!”

The photos are pretty shameless too (Sunny has discretion enough to clip it, but that one at the bottom of the image above is the lady in a corset. Necessary why?) I wouldn’t be stunned to find that the Soviet one is her on her way to a fancy dress party.

22. Merrymaker

I feel a bit sorry for this lady. No doubt her actions derive from a genuine hatred of Margaret Thatcher, but she has acted in a way that will haunt her for a long time. I do not object to the protest parties, but most participants are anonymous. Ms Blythe now has made for herself a history that will not leave her. Just this week a young lady, youth police commissioner for Kent, had tweets she made two years ago used to force her to resign, In five, or ten, years or sooner, Ms Blythe will regret her actions.

Trouble with this sort of thing is it means you can’t parody the filthy rag. There’s nothing so insane the Daily Mail won’t say it.

Whatever disagreements people might have with Blyth’s views, it’s a ludicrous article.

And as Brian Reade argued: “Depending on your personal experience, Thatcher was either a liberator or a despot. And just as it’s natural for people to mourn an emancipator, since when did it become an offence to rejoice in the passing of someone perceived to be a dictator?” ( http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brian-reade-margaret-thatcher-damned-1823211 )

Many people will find the celebrations distasteful. Regardless, you can see why people would feel it important to show the world that not everyone can be complicit in the hagiography and the state-sponsored hero-worship that the Tories are now trying to introduce (with this ludicrous ceremonial funeral at public expense and the recalling of Parliament, also at public expense, with 10 times more parliamentary time devoted to tributes than at the time of Churchill’s death)…

25. Charlieman

On her FaceBook page, Romany Blythe reminds us that as Education Secretary, Margaret Thatcher abolished free school milk. And as one of the kids rescued from drinking the curdled, rancid filth, I think it is one of the best things that she did.

Can’t wait till Darce dies. Then we can have another party. And then there will be Tebbit, and Howe, and all the others.

Fuck it’s going to be party time for the next decade.

“And as Brian Reade argued: ‘Depending on your personal experience, Thatcher was either a liberator or a despot.’ And just as it’s natural for people to mourn an emancipator, since when did it become an offence to rejoice in the passing of someone perceived to be a dictator?”

Putting it in those terms is just juvenile IMO. There are important and subtle issues at stake over policies which need resolving and which are still with us.

One is a recurring deeply embedded assumption made by Conservatives that if a job is lost – by a business closure for whatever reason – another job will promptly spring up to replace it unless prevented by welfare payments fearther-bedding the unemployed, regulations blocking business or the disincentive effect of high tax rates.

They seem not to have noticed that a recession in one country affects its trading partners so why are recessions contagious?

Fortunately, there is now a consensus that one cause of the recent financial crisis was not too much regulation of the financial services industry but too little.

Greatest postwar Prime Minister? Has Attlee died? Tragic.

Is this a piss take? Who writes this crap, CaMoron?

That’s brilliant. The Daily Mail-Mash synthesis continues…

31. So Much for Subtlety

20. Chaise Guevara

The quote is part of the headline, and it’s not the point. The headline is absurd because it goes “Nasty People Being Nasty About Maggie BREAST IMPLANTS!”

Well perhaps. But perhaps they are providing context. Woman hates Thatcher because of alleged cuts to her beloved NHS which gave her free bigger breasts? That would still be absurd but it would be absurd because this woman is absurd, not the newspaper.

I wouldn’t be stunned to find that the Soviet one is her on her way to a fancy dress party.

Does that make it alright? Because no doubt you won’t mind us digging up some of your prior comments on Prince Harry dressing up for a party will you?

21. Merrymaker

I feel a bit sorry for this lady. … In five, or ten, years or sooner, Ms Blythe will regret her actions.

She gets her money out of the Education Department. It will be the best career move she ever made. If she wants to damage her career she ought to praise Thatcher and see how that goes.

Just look at Johnny Rotten. Foolish enough to say that gloating was vile, he is already being accused of being a misogynist (I am sorry but did they just notice what punk was all about?) and a Nazi.

Classy.

“Thatcher was either a liberator or a despot”

Actually I suspect that to the non swivel eyed she was neither.

33. Churm Rincewind

Yes, the Mail’s report is pretty vile. But identifying Mrs Thatcher as a latter day Adolf Hitler is pretty vile too.

34. Chaise Guevara

@ 24 Charlieman

“On her FaceBook page, Romany Blythe reminds us that as Education Secretary, Margaret Thatcher abolished free school milk. And as one of the kids rescued from drinking the curdled, rancid filth, I think it is one of the best things that she did.”

Sounds like perhaps she should have just insisted your school install a fridge?

35. Chaise Guevara

@ 30 SMFS

“Well perhaps. But perhaps they are providing context. Woman hates Thatcher because of alleged cuts to her beloved NHS which gave her free bigger breasts? That would still be absurd but it would be absurd because this woman is absurd, not the newspaper.”

It would indeed, but it would have to be true. So evidence of some kind would be needed, not just musings. And that’s specifically evidence that her views on Thatcher are motivated by loyalty to her silicon, not just that she believes in the NHS.

“Does that make it alright? Because no doubt you won’t mind us digging up some of your prior comments on Prince Harry dressing up for a party will you?”

Go ahead. If you can find me castigating Harry for dressing as a Nazi then I’ll eat humble pie. Liberal, remember?

36. Chaise Guevara

@ 32 Churm

“Yes, the Mail’s report is pretty vile. But identifying Mrs Thatcher as a latter day Adolf Hitler is pretty vile too.”

Yeah, but the teacher in question isn’t a national paper dragging a powerless individual into the spotlight and demonising her.

(OK, Thatcher’s powerless in the sense that she’s dead, but she’s already in the spotlight and has plenty of people willing and able to fight her corner.)

@33:
Actually, fridges weren’t that common in those days. More to the point, several hundred (small) bottles would need a lot fridges.

Fine in winter, but we had to wear shorts.

You’ve no idea how tough it was.

“Go ahead. If you can find me castigating Harry for dressing as a Nazi then I’ll eat humble pie. Liberal, remember?”

Quite so.

Those who did castigate Harry for dressing up as a Nazi were just having a go at Harry.

Surely I didn’t get deleted for having a pop at both the Daily Mail types AND the silly protesters.

Maybe saying that these fellas on the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton looked like ”dossers” was deemed offensive.
http://www.tntmagazine.com/media/News/London_news/anti-thatcher-celebrations-brixton3.jpg

And as we know, being ”offensive” is something that has to be clamped down on everywhere.
Newcastle fans have been threathened by the police that making mocking fascist salutes at Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio in their upcoming game, will lead to them being arrested or banned from the club.

CG @ 36:

In a massive non sequitur, the silly Mail links a protestor’s idiotic, Godwinesque opinion that Mrs Thatcher resembled Hitler with her breast implants.

And you say “the teacher in question isn’t a national paper dragging a powerless individual into the spotlight and demonising her”.

Ms Blythe has not been dragged into the spotlight: she has histrionically and vulgarly courted publicity for her “death parties” and is clearly proud to display her foolish views. I’d say that made her fair game for the tabloids – not someone who is “demonised” (which is one of the left’s most tired cliches). And, anyway, I doubt she cares.

Incidentally, Romany Blythe is apparently 45. That means she was only 11 when Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979 and only 22 when she left power. Therefore, she has no adult appreciation of just how bad things were in the UK in the 1970s.

True, Mrs Thatcher culled the nationalised industries and this threw many out of work and devastated certain northern communities; but these employees and unions were very imprudent to assume that the orgy of cross-subsidy could continue indefinitely at the tax-payers’ expense. Ultimately, the fault lay with the Labour governments and the trade unions who created this unsustainable situation. They infected the body politic with the disease; Mrs Thatcher merely administered the painful cure.

41. Charlieman

@37. Jack C: “You’ve no idea how tough it was.”

I wouldn’t push the point that far, Jack. My jest was that a deed which seems beneficial superficially (free milk for school kids) may have unforeseen consequences.

Note: if my infants school had a fridge big enough to hold the milk crates, it would have been worth more than the rest of the place. I’m starting to agree with Jack again…

Tyler @ 11:

“I do read some of Sunny’s headlines here and wonder if[he] isn’t trying to line himself up a job as a headline writer at the Mirror or similar redtop.”

Indeed! Look at the form, Tyler,not necessarily the content.

Like the Daily Mail, Sunny often uses the following forms:

‘How x shows that the y’s are F’

or

‘Is this the worst [example of] F by x – evah!’

Sunny uses the cliched forms of the media outlet he professes to despise the most.

Why? Because both publish propaganda. Liberal Conspiracy is schizophrenic: it can’t decide whether it publishes serious comment and analysis or whether it publishes tribal propaganda. Except on race, where Sunny is admirably balanced and judicious.

Hint to Sunny: the market is in the former.

43. Chaise Guevara

@ TONE

“Ms Blythe has not been dragged into the spotlight: she has histrionically and vulgarly courted publicity for her “death parties” and is clearly proud to display her foolish views. I’d say that made her fair game for the tabloids – not someone who is “demonised” (which is one of the left’s most tired cliches). And, anyway, I doubt she cares.”

She didn’t ask to be made a baddie in a national paper that went digging around to find nasty things to say about her, though. And it is demonisation, regardless of whether you like the word.

The point is that there were probably dozens of groups like this on Facebook, and thousands of similar comments on Twwitter. The Mail could have presented a cross-section to criticise. Instead it decided to bully one individual.

“Incidentally, Romany Blythe is apparently 45. That means she was only 11 when Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979 and only 22 when she left power. Therefore, she has no adult appreciation of just how bad things were in the UK in the 1970s.”

Uh, you just said she was 22 when Thatcher left power. Not to mention that a PM’s policies don’t just vanish when they leave power, tabula rasa. If you have to contradict yourself just to pull off an ad hom it probably isn’t worth it.

“Ultimately, the fault lay with the Labour governments and the trade unions who created this unsustainable situation. They infected the body politic with the disease; Mrs Thatcher merely administered the painful cure.”

I won’t defend her Labour predecessors or the unions, but it’s a flase dichotomy to imply that the only options were Tatcherism or no change.

44. Daniel Factor

Daily Mai. Absurd? Never!

CG @ 43:

“She didn’t ask to be made a baddie in a national paper that went digging around to find nasty things to say about her”

Oh come on! She’s no victim or bullied. She’s belligerent, confrontational, vulgar, histrionic and self-regarding. And, so far, she’s not complaining about her treatment, though it would be a bit rich if she did! So why make an issue of it? The Mail is risible; but then so is she, surely?

“there were probably dozens of groups like this on Facebook, and thousands of similar comments on Twwitter. The Mail could have presented a cross-section to criticise.”

Get real: the Mail exists to sell to its market – not to please you with its balance. And, incidentally, YouGov finds that 52% think she was a good or great PM, while 30% say she was a poor or terrible PM.

“Uh, you just said she was 22 when Thatcher left power. Not to mention that a PM’s policies don’t just vanish when they leave power, tabula rasa. If you have to contradict yourself just to pull off an ad hom it probably isn’t worth it.”

When I translate that into English, it still makes little sense. If you are 11 when Thatcher comes to power, how can you have any understanding of how dire things were in the 1970s? You simply can’t. You lack the historical perspective. (I assume you are under 45, which would explain a lot.)

“I won’t defend her Labour predecessors or the unions, but it’s a flase dichotomy to imply that the only options were Tatcherism or no change.”

By 1979, there was no alternative. To imagine that the unions would ever accept the phased opening of costly nationalised industries to international competition is wholly unrealistic. They were prepared to fight to the end to ensure that the UK built British ships and cars (that no-one wanted in world markets because they were poorly designed, unreliable and pricey) with over-priced British steel forged in over-manned furnaces powered by expensive deep-mined coal from over-manned British pits. This orgy of cross-subsidy had to end.

46. Chaise Guevara

@ 45 TONE

“Oh come on! She’s no victim or bullied. She’s belligerent, confrontational, vulgar, histrionic and self-regarding. And, so far, she’s not complaining about her treatment, though it would be a bit rich if she did! So why make an issue of it? The Mail is risible; but then so is she, surely?”

Actually, if you click the link, the Mail has changed the article so it’s not about her and doesn’t show her picture. So it looks like she may have complained, and in any case the Mail feels it shouldn’t have published it.

“Get real: the Mail exists to sell to its market – not to please you with its balance.”

Oh, so now the argument is “If it makes money it’s morally ok?” And it’s not about balance – a story complaining about anti-Thatcher stuff in general (which is what the article is now) is still slanted, just not picking on someone.

“And, incidentally, YouGov finds that 52% think she was a good or great PM, while 30% say she was a poor or terrible PM.”

…So?

“When I translate that into English, it still makes little sense. If you are 11 when Thatcher comes to power, how can you have any understanding of how dire things were in the 1970s? You simply can’t. You lack the historical perspective. (I assume you are under 45, which would explain a lot.)”

Misread you. But maybe she’s read up on it? I love how you’re trying to make out that not only is her opinion invalid due to her age, but apparently I’m incapable of critiquing a newspaper because I’m under 45. Apparently age is not always wisdom.

“By 1979, there was no alternative. To imagine that the unions would ever accept the phased opening of costly nationalised industries to international competition is wholly unrealistic. They were prepared to fight to the end to ensure that the UK built British ships and cars (that no-one wanted in world markets because they were poorly designed, unreliable and pricey) with over-priced British steel forged in over-manned furnaces powered by expensive deep-mined coal from over-manned British pits. This orgy of cross-subsidy had to end.”

So because she needed to take on the unions every aspect of Thatcherism was not only the best option but the only option? Christ, talk about seeing in black and white.

47. David Cooper

@ 45 TONE

“This orgy of cross-subsidy [for unions] had to end.”

Quite. Otherwise how could we afford to subsidize a bloated financial sector with their bloated bonuses.

You can’t say you’ve achieved anything in politics until you’ve been attacked by the Daily Mail. It should be considered a badge of honour.

This one seems particularly desperate/pathetic of them, though. I mean, really, attacking someone for having breast implants? (And you’ve got to love that passive ‘it’s revealed’ in the headline, as though *they* weren’t the ones who flagrantly violated her privacy to a national audience.)

Forget Thatcher, it’s when the Mail dies that it’ll really be worth a party.

Not wishing to be late to the party (pun intended), the breast implants thing isn’t the worst and most insidious statement in this (now rewritten on the DM site) set of headlines.
Third from the bottom is the quite startling statement that “Special needs teacher Craig Parr, 27, works at Milliband’s old school”. Given that Mr Parr hadn’t been introduced at this stage, what is the reader expected to infer from this? That Mr Parr organised similar parties? That Mr Parr had breast implants? Or… why connect the leader of the opposition with a school at which all the reader now “knows” is that it employed specialist staff to cater for special needs.

Nice going Daily Mail with the shitty inferences there. It’s quality journalism like this which keeps you at the forefront on 13th century opinion.


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