Well done to the MailJuly 15, 2016 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch20 CommentsMakes the important distinction about Nice. Other papers say “2 km”. The Mail tells us a mile. previousPeople still aren’t getting this rightnextKeyword advertising 20 thoughts on “Well done to the Mail” Alan Douglas July 15, 2016 at 7:56 am When I lived in Athens in 1963, I used to scan the English newspapers. Always, but always, the Daily Express had a few more deaths or tragedies than all the other newspapers. The Mail had Flook, by Trog, and Animal Crackers, both delightful strips or cartoons. magnusw July 15, 2016 at 8:11 am If you ever want an example of how much the UN doesn’t give a shit about the average Joe in these “barbaric and cowardly” attacks… Charlie Hebdo http://uk.reuters.com/article/france-shooting-un-council-idUKL1N0UM1MM20150107 Bataclan http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-shooting-un-council-idUKKCN0T300V20151114 Nice http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-crash-idUKKCN0ZU2KF They can’t even be bothered to change the adjectives. Should we tell them that their use of strong adjectives is ineffective, or do you think they already know? Tim Newman July 15, 2016 at 8:40 am If you ever want an example of how much the UN doesn’t give a shit about the average Joe in these “barbaric and cowardly” attacks… That is indeed telling. I just had a conversation with a pal this morning, and I realised that nothing will be done until the Islamists start targeting politicians and other key establishment members. Provided it is is Joe Public getting slaughtered, they won’t give a shit, safe as they are behind their armed guards and security apparatus. Bloke in North Dorset July 15, 2016 at 8:52 am TimN, And at the same time referring to Joe Public as racists for daring to question the role of the RoP. Rob July 15, 2016 at 9:26 am Thank God for copy and paste. That press release would have taken minutes longer without it. Frees time for shoe-horning more Sharia states onto the UNHRC. Interested July 15, 2016 at 9:45 am Eventually the politicians will get slaughtered by the general population. It is in this sense that old Enoch will be proven right I fear. Flubber July 15, 2016 at 9:57 am “nothing will be done until the Islamists start targeting politicians and other key establishment members. ” Well that was unfortunately the logic of Anders Breivik. JuliaM July 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm Breivik started from the wrong end. Pointless to drown the nest of baby rats you’ve found when the adults are still running free around the barn. bloke in spain July 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm “Breivik started from the wrong end. Pointless to drown the nest of baby rats you’ve found when the adults are still running free around the barn.” Oh no. He was quite logical. As commented above, politicians; “safe as they are behind their armed guards and security apparatus. So you hit them where they can be hurt & where they’re vulnerable. Charlie Suet July 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm “Breivik started from the wrong end. Pointless to drown the nest of baby rats you’ve found when the adults are still running free around the barn.” That’s a very nasty thing to say about a bunch of murdered teenagers. bloke in spain July 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm @Mr Suet But politicians will quite happily see the slaughter of your children, if it suits their ends. Have a long history of doing so. Hallowed Be July 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm Tim- pendantry in a crisis is so reassuring. Churm Rincewind July 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm As I understand it, TW is saying well done to the Mail for reporting distances in miles rather than kilometres. If that’s the best response to a horrible tragedy that TW can muster, frankly I despair. Bloke in Costa Rica July 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm Guttergorm Guttergormpton: did you miss the thread below with (as of time of posting) 91 comments? Bloke in North Dorset July 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm CR, As someone who’s been reading this blog since not long after it started, you shouldn’t read too deeply. Tim has moved the more serious economics commentary that he started with to sites that pay, and well done for that. As I see it he now users this blog for, in no particular order: 1. Amusement 2. Generating traffic for his paying work, although less so now 3. Winding up Ritchie and his ilk 4. Generating comments that give him ideas and information for his fee paying writing. As to the Mail comment, I read it as look at those asses at the Mail, they couldn’t bear to use Km and then got the conversion wrong. dearieme July 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm It’s the Promenade des Anglais: of course the writers should use miles. john77 July 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm @BiND What makes you think they got the conversion wrong? 1 mile is correct to the number of decimal places displayed. A month or so ago I took a very unimpressive part in a fairly social 10km race and, after finishing, walked back to encourage an over-60 colleague – while I was doing so a tired but still running middle-aged lady asked me how far it was to the finish and (as they had set up markers at every kilometre) I replied “just under 1 km” – “how far is that?” so I said “just over half-a-mile”. No-one in England thinks in kilometres. Bloke in North Dorset July 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm John, Because people younger than us were educated in metric. Tim Worstall July 16, 2016 at 1:28 am That’s alarmingly accurate actually. I would add one bit more. I’ve always been a huge fan of “the pub”. Yes, I like my booze, but that’s not the bit I mean. The regulars’ corner. And I think of one specific pub. Where, if you were part of the corner and timed your arrival properly, you get could advice on everything from antique jewelery, to a job offer at Osborne’s pop’s firm (that actually happened to me), through a discourse on creating a panorama of Waterloo to chatting about writing for the papers. Two of those last taking part would have been, if you were lucky, Miles Kington and Keith Waterhouse (at different times over the years). Actually, all of those happened to me. As well as knowing someone who sold his house because he was broke and the furniture alone went for tens of millions, Van the Man popping in for a pint of an arvo and the landlord subbing me with easy shifts when I was broke. My Moon Under Water – and yes, you are. Even to that ghastly little shit that everyone would prefer drank elsewhere, those we know not to discuss certain subjects with and yet we’d have an urgent chat with the local copper for any of them if we saw the milk bottles piling up. You know, community, as it actually happens in the real world. Dioclese July 17, 2016 at 10:37 am About the only thing the Mail has done properly for a while. It’s turning into a propaganda rag for Leadsom and Boris bashing amongst other things. I was a regular reader but I’m going right off it at the moment… Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.