I like the Guardian, it's... (22 Apr 2004)

I like the Guardian, it's generally a pretty good newspaper. But it really does print some utter crap sometimes.

Joyti De-Laurey will shortly be sentenced for stealing several million pounds from some City squillionaires. But if there was any justice in this world, Joyti would not only be a free woman, she'd be given a medal for services to the community.

So, it seems, robbing the rich and giving to the poor is not only ok within the confines of a representative democratic tax system, it's ok all the time. So I assume that he leaves his front door unlocked at night so that all the homeless poor people can rightfully rob him without risking hurting themselves while forcing the door.

Somehow the writer manages the double-think that the victims (oh and, by the way, As crimes go, this was a victimless one) are both lazy and foolish (Fools and their money are soon parted) and hardworking (The trio were far too busy with their 6am meetings and long-distance business trips) at the same time.

The writer also has an interesting grasp of economic reality: [their money] was just lying dormant in their accounts, doing nothing. I wonder if he has ever wondered where bank loans for buying his house, or starting the local businesses which serve his needs comes from. He might like to reflect that there's a word for when banks stop lending money - recession.

It's just disappointing that writers with such a lack of rationality get printed in serious national press.