Thursday, May 11, 2006

Today's Recipe

Mr Eugenides, to whom I must instruct a brace of loyal underlings to add a link, reviews the composition of the newly elected UN Human Rights Council and concludes that it ...
... is a sick joke. Apparently this is a revamped version of the old, "discredited" HRC. Well, they're off to a flyer. Being told by China and Algeria that your human rights record is poor is rather like Charlie Kennedy admonishing you for ordering another beer. They will be ignored, and rightly so.
Ah, yes, the UN Human Rights Council.

At the time of the election of [suppress urge to scream "what in the name of arse did you think you were doing?"] Zimbabwe, there was recurrence of the rather quaintly naive view that mixing some nations with, errmmm..., "room for improvement" with the more civilised nations would have the effect that the civilised bit would spread and those with a poor record would be "pulled up".

I am reminded of Mark Steyn's rather pithy cooking analogy:
"It's a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog faeces and mix 'em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former."
It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

2 comments:

Cirdan said...

ad hominem tu quoque

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

Cirdan,

Welcome to Infinitives Unsplit.

I think perhaps that I need to answer your comment in a post, rather than here.

I should also say that I will do so with considerable trepidation as I recognise in your writing a greater intellect, broader reading and extensive study in philosophy generally.

Toodle Pip!
PG