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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from oed.com). This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Monday, February 13, 2006
OLD BUT ACCURATE
From 'Yes Minister'. It is still true on the whole...

"Humphrey knows nothing about newspapers. He's a civil servant. I'm a politician, I know all about them. I have to. They can make or break me. I know exactly who reads them. The Times is read by the people who run the country. The Daily Mirror is read by the people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by the people who think they ought to run the country. The Morning Star is read by the people who think the country ought to be run by another country. The Independent is read by people who don't know who is running the country but are sure they are doing it wrong. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by the people who own the country. The Daily Express is read by the people who think the country ought to be run as it used to be run. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who still think it is their country. And the Sun's readers don't care who runs the country providing she has big tits."
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 12:53 pm  
13 Comments:
  • At 7:22 pm, Blogger Lily said…

    Oh my...Its Jerry Leadbetter!

    The Guardian- funny. I of course have to read it online.

     
  • At 10:10 pm, Blogger BondBloke said…

    True OH SO true - as another online Guardian reader...

     
  • At 7:30 am, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    Good stuff.

    The guardian is one I usually read on-line every day. It is pretty pathetic I have to read another country's newspaper to get news about he country I live in.

     
  • At 11:56 am, Blogger Binty McShae said…

    Classic scene from a classic series... nice one Tubby!

     
  • At 1:50 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    the morning star part is a bit out of date but apart from that it is still fairly accurate.

     
  • At 4:07 pm, Blogger miken said…

    Can y'all translate that into American?

     
  • At 10:05 pm, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said…

    LOL! That's great, dude! Thanks for the laugh.

     
  • At 12:53 am, Anonymous Peter said…

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

     
  • At 10:59 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    hey peter

    i put your comment and link back on here but lets keep the other bit to ourselves eh?

    Added a link to your site from mine as people keep asking me for the address. Check out my site if you want a laugh at some random pish.

     
  • At 11:00 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    www.voteforpedro.co.uk

     
  • At 3:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In the US it reads like this:

    The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.


    The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.

    The Washington Post is read by people who think they ought to run the country.

    USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't understand the Washington Post.

    The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time.

    The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

    The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country.

    The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something scandalous.

    The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.

    The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country.

     
  • At 3:47 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    excellent!

    thanks a lot

     
  • At 7:26 pm, Blogger miken said…

    Thanks for the translation, Anonymous!

    I've seen your posts all over the blogosphere, but your arguments seem wildly inconsistent. :)

     
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About Me: Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant. 28 years old, I write and research for a couple of websites and also do my own stuff.
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