In 13bn ways, nothing to do with us, mate
Published 04/09/2016 | 02:30
During that recent unpleasantness in Rio, we heard some of our more responsible citizens trying to explain to the peasantry of Ireland and indeed of Brazil, that "we don't do that sort of thing here".
Which is perfectly correct of course. We don't do that sort of thing here, because we don't do any sort of thing here, at least not to anyone or anything above a certain pay-grade.
I suppose it's also a matter of tone - when the responsible people are murmuring their misgivings about "that sort of thing", they are seeing none of the irony or the black humour or the straightforward satire that the peasantry are seeing.