Wolfie 'drops' two names: Paul Krugman and David Starkey
They're both losers - and winners!
This was one of those weeks that The Wolfhound just could not decide who merited his first prestigious “Wolf Droppings” award. Sometimes, there’s just one idiot too many out there for a single winner.
So, Wolfie has had to split the award in half between two half-wits: New York Times employee Paul Krugman, the grand oracle of the U.S. economic scene, who has joined the out-of-tune chorus condemning Ireland to financial ruin; and elderly British outpatient David Starkey, a man who is both history and a historian.
Let’s start with Starkey, as his time is limited.
For some reason, Starkey is a very famous historian in England. Apparently, his pompous egghead style goes down well with some – probably his roomies back at "the applesauce home." His supporters see more than glue beneath his curly white hair, they see – wait for it – a brain.
Starkey got into trouble recently while in front of of BBC TV audience – whose members thought they would be seeing "Championship Wrestling" but actually were treated to a show compellingly named "Questions and Answers." During the borecast, Professor Starkey awoke for a moment to announce that Scotland, Wales and Ireland are "feeble little countries."
He was then asked if St. George's Day, which as you all know was yesterday, should be an English national holiday – as St. George is the patron saint of England and known for ... Right. Nobody knows.
Harrumphing into the overwhelmed microphone as the remaining audience ran down the fire ladders, the Professor replied: "If we decide to go down this route of an English national day, it will mean... (pausing 28 minutes to heighten the drama and to visit the gents' room) ...we have become a feeble little country, just like the Scots and the Welsh and the Irish."
What does he mean, “we will HAVE become a feeble little country?” But I digress.
Starkey, in the great English tradition of being a certified Upper-Class Twit, has so far refused to apologize.
This is by no means that first time that anti-Irish sentiment has been expressed on the BBC, which is an acronym for a civil-service agency. In 1997, a popular English soap (English SOAP? There’s another howler! But I digress…) called “EastEnders,” which had three episodes shot in Dublin.
It featured farm animals roaming the streets, and portrayed the Irish as drunken, dirty, ignorant louts in contrast to their English "betters." To this day, the good people of the U.S. farm town of Dublin, Ohio, are incensed they ever granted a filming permit for this hooey. The BBC will not comment on the city mixup, which it deemed "a feeble little mistake."