There’s a certain joy in this line from an Indian newspaper

DMK’s working president M.K. Stalin has stepped down as the youth wing secretary of the party after holding the post for 34 years.

Not just the name, but 34 years in the youth wing? When did he start, before conception?

18 comments on “There’s a certain joy in this line from an Indian newspaper

  1. The last man in Germany named Hitler was a teacher prior to his retirement.

    That must have been a bundle of laughs.

  2. According to Wikipedia the present head of the Chinese Communist Youth League is someone called Qin Yizhi. He was born in 1965.

    Wikipedia only has a limited number of details about the leaders of the Soviet Komsomol. Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny was born in 1924 and stepped down as leader in 1959. Before joining the KGB needless to say. Alexander Nikolayevich Shelepin was born in 1918 and stepped down as leader in 1958. Again going on to lead the KGB.

    Lazar Abramovich Shatskin was actually young. He was born in 1902 and stepped down in 1922. He was then shot for being a Right-Leftist. I have no idea either.

  3. OT but the kraut Shulz has just stepped down from presidency of the European Parliament (Americans think thery’re great, but they only have one president, the EU has five: take that Yanks)

    “The Social Democratic party politician said that if the EU could “[implement] everything that was possible”, including the euro. “A lot could be improved,” he added.

    However, he was frustrated that democratic nations stood in his way…”

    It’s those stupid people standing in the way of Fucking Germans, again. Fucking Germans never learn and never give up.

  4. @BiJ,

    But at least in American companies, every new hire to the postroom or cafeteria is seemingly a “Vice President”.

    The EU is always damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t . It’s either criticised for being sclerotic and bureaucratic (vide CETA being held up by a Belgian regional assembly) or it actually has some decision-making competencies of its own in which case it is criticised for being insufficiently democratic.

  5. Biggy – well I think we can probably agree, then, that the EU is damned. The Euro is also damned and Schengen usw. usw.

  6. @BiG. If Joe blogs wants to call the shithouse cleaner “President”, the that’s up to him/her.

    The EU calls Shulz President of the EU Parliament, and the salary, expenses and pension come from tax payers money. And Shulz, another Fucking German, finds that demoracy gets in the way of the master plan. Fucking Germans seem to have a slight problem with Democracy.

  7. BiG

    The EU is always damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t . It’s either criticised for being sclerotic and bureaucratic (vide CETA being held up by a Belgian regional assembly) or it actually has some decision-making competencies of its own in which case it is criticised for being insufficiently democratic.

    It is perfectly possible to be sclerotic and bureaucratic AND have decision-making competencies. Every government falls under this definition.

    From the departing Kraut:

    “However, he was frustrated that democratic nations stood in his way…”

    But…but…wasn’t the Remainer case about democracy?

  8. In at least some organisations, the secretary would be the employee of the organisation, rather than a member – and so could be of any age.

  9. What TMB said.

    To be fair, though, it’s not just the Fucking Germans who have a problem with democracy. It’s a rather widespread condition that affects its fair share of Brits, Americans, Frenchies, and other assorted nationalities. The problem for the Germans is that it validates every stereotype about them.

  10. @BiJ,

    I’d love to see the quote from Schulz in the original. With context. I agree he’s an overpaid fat German socialist, I’m not convinced he is the harbinger of European dictatorship.

  11. Oh, it’s from Breitbart. So it won’t be a twisted misquote of a mistranslation from a third-hand source at all then.

  12. So how old is the UK head of the Scout and Guide Movement? Lady Baden-Powell was involved well into her eighties, I seem to recall. (Though it’s not the “youth wing” of anything.)

  13. ” I’m not convinced he is the harbinger of European dictatorship.”

    He certainly won’t be after he has been hanged Biggie.

  14. @BiG,
    “Oh, it’s from Breitbart.”

    Therefore it’s lies. Grow up.

    Source is https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/europe%E2%80%99s-national-leaders-lack-courage-previous-political-generation-says-outgoing-eu

    “it all falls down in the council, with national governments” ie Gov’ts us deplorables vote for to (allegedly) represent us.

    @BiJ +1

    @Hedgehog
    “The problem for the Germans is that it validates every stereotype about them.”

    +1

  15. Hedgehog – “The problem for the Germans is that it validates every stereotype about them.”

    Come on. You have to feel sorry for the Germans. This whole EU thing was invented to keep them down – keep them from playing the part that their numbers, their hard work and their intelligence means they should play in Europe. The EU was set up as a way of making the Germans pay reparations to the French. The Euro was created to make German reunification palatable to the French and keep the Germans from taking Alsace back.

    OK. Fine. The Germans have been very sorry about the whole Holocaust thing – and the Germans being one of the few ethnic groups in the world capable of feeling shame (compare with the Russians or the Turks or pretty much anyone else really), have internalized those values. They have felt ashamed. They have promised to help the other Europeans tie them down and stop them invading Poland again.

    So they have become Good Europeans. They have tried to be the best Europeans they can. In a very German way – perhaps a bit slow and ponderous, but very thorough. Only times have changed and the EU is not as popular as it was so these heavy chains designed to keep the Germans down are suddenly Germany’s fault! We keep changing the rules of the game and they are just sticking to the rules we used to insist they play by.

    Whatever is going on, it is not the German’s fault. We (or more accurately the French) drew up the rules. The Germans have tried to play fair by those rules. They have embraced the game with enthusiasm. It is just that now everyone is blaming them for being a little too keen on the European Cup.

  16. Thanks for the link, Pcar

    I see it’s that bloody populism again. Curse these electors who won’t vote the way we tell them to!

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