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BUT JOHN BULL HAS NOTHING TO SAY


 

SIX EASY TO FOLLOW VALDAI CLUB RULES (ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SITTING DOWN AND PROSTRATING YOURSELF)

 

1. Publish anti-Russian invective in establishment newspaper in London or Washington.
2. Accept expense-paid invitation from Russian state propaganda machine to tour Russian holiday spots as autumn foliage begins to turn golden.
3. Consult managing editor on wording of hostile questions for Putin but try to remember – don’t start questioning before the opening toast (old-fashioned Russian custom, aka the Loyal Toast)
4. Secrete swot notes up your sleeve in case Putin knows your history better than you do.
5. Publish anti-Russian invective in establishment newspaper in London and Washington, exposing the prominence of your ass in relation to the position of your head.
6. Write thank-you note to Valdai Club secretariat in Moscow, applying for next year, when Russian state propaganda machine will once again demonstrate to Putin how predictable for the money the world’s journalists are.
No sign of kickbacks or corruption here – Russian money very well spent. Good luck and Godspeed to the FT, The Times, Economist, etc.

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