What’s reasonable for one…

Reading this morning’s paper, I was struck by this comment from John Charman.  He’s just been ordered by a court to give his wife of 29 years £48 million pounds in a divorce settlement:

“I made a fair and reasonable offer to my wife of £20m, which would be impossible for any reasonable person to spend in their lifetime,” he said.

Mr Charman’s total worth, pre-divorce, was over £130 million.  Taking away £48 million from that, still leaves him with the goodly sum of £82 million. 

So, if £20 million is more than a reasonable person could expect to spend in a lifetime – why is Mr Charman so upset about the outcome when he still has assets worth more than 4 times the amount he could reasonably spend in a lifetime?

Democracy in Ukraine – not how we expected

Over at Publius Pundit Jonathan Taylor is talking sense about Ukrainian democracy as defeated Presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich takes over the Premiership:

But let us not forget that those revolutionaries did not protest only for Yushchenko; they were fighting for democracy. Yanukovich’s premiership is an accurate reflection of the political situation in Ukraine and thus another victory for democracy.

I’ve said it about democracy in Ukraine many times – it’s not about the people who get elected, it’s about the process by which they are elected.  If the people of Ukraine believe that the best way to choose their government is through a free and fair election, and they have the power to hold free and fair elections, then Ukraine is a democracy.

I have very little time for those who get upset when the ‘wrong’ government gets elected in one of the world’s many democratising countries.  Ukraine isn’t the only recent example – Lebanon and Palestine are other rather topical examples.

Because, lets face it, a country where the “right” party is always elected, is a dictatorship, not a democracy.

Americans don’t understand British humour

Michelle Malkin, along with a number of others on the slightly frothy right fringe of US politics, proves yet again, that she doesn’t understand British humour, nor the role it has to play in both boosting morale and free speech.

The BBC comedy show Time Trumpet (which I’m quite sure is – in the time honoured British comedy fashion is absolutely rubbish) have produced a satirical sketch called the Terrorism Awards.

Note to BBC: Notice, you arbiters of cultural sensitivity, that we Americans will not be burning down the British embassy or calling for your beheadings or forcing your news hosts into hiding in fear for their lives.

That is the difference between us and them. But it’s all a joke to you.

It is all a joke to us British. It’s how we get through life in the tough times. We make fun of it – preferably in the most tasteless and ridiculous way possible. We look hard to find the humour in every situation. Because, if something is made to be funny, it’s just that little bit less scary.

Hello again

Goodness, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? 

Lots of stuff happening, not least of which is the news that my girlfriend is now part-owns a house in the Mediterranean.  I’m looking forward to many happy hours sitting in the sun.

I’m also proud to announce that I’m marginally less bad at poker than I was three months ago.