Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Buzek's hankies

He's at it again. This time the lachrymose EP President is at it again. Another train crash, and bout of synthetic sympathy.

This time our august Parliamentary President is getting all teary about the ghastky crash in West Bengal.

"Once again West Bengal is the theatre of a railway tragedy. I send my condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Indian state," the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek said in a statement.

"I mourn for the sad loss of these innocent people," Buzek was quoted as saying by

"I wish a speedy recovery to the numerous injured people who were caught up in this catastrophe and I thank the rescue teams for their untiring work," the statement said.

As I wrote yesterday, this is so synthetic as to be almost repellant. Yes it is sad ina functional way, of course. But please don't tell me that President Buzek actually cares about the casualties in this crash. Theoretically he might think it is a shame and a pity. But care? Don't make me laugh.

This example of mechanical sympathy, ground out by his bored, underworked press office during the summer break to give the simulacrum of activity is as false as a cheap Rolex in Petticoat Lane.

Of course once you have wept wolf enough times, then when something real does occur, something in which his syympathies really are engaged then his words will be dusty and meaningless.

Can somebody please tell his office to shut up about things like this. It is none of their business and looks like PR ambulance chasing.

1 comment:


if the railway rules are observed,any accident is impossible.