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July 02, 2008

Somewhere more appealing

British proles are advised not to join the rush to Canada. Though I cannot say I will be disappointed if Daily Mail readers choose to stay home, it is difficult to disagree with the argument on any substantive level.

Culturally, Canada does not hold a candle to Britain. Its museums and orchestras are resoundingly second tier, though it may have an edge in country music festivals. This is, after all, the home of Shania Twain, whose full-throated warblings make Dolly Parton sound sophisticated. In the dramatic arts, Canada's greatest recent contribution - unless you include Jim Carrey and Pamela Anderson - is the incomprehensible, semi-nude contortion act of Cirque du Soleil. And as for its newspapers, they are lifeless and hobbled by the provincialism which divides the country.
As the Canadian poet Irving Layton once said, the Canadian political and intellectual communities' have a tendency to regard ' cowardice as wisdom, philistinism as Olympian serenity and the spitefulness of the weak as moral indignation'.

This via Quotulatiousness, observing "Better stay at home, where the loving eyes of the surveillance cameras can keep a better eye on you."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 2, 2008 07:24 AM


It seems a doubtful proposition that the class of people we're trying to lure over here are motivated by the number of first tier museums within walking distance or relative merits of our "intellectual community" (whatever the hell that means). They are far more likely to be attracted to prosperity, the significantly smaller number of no-go neighbourhoods, and the ability to wipe your arse without the gubmint peering at you and issuing a citation for using too much paper.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 2, 2008 10:22 AM

Except that the surveillance cameras and nanny state are becoming more and more established all the time. Following in the footsteps of our ancestors, I suppose.

Hey OC, I can't seem to comment on your site. Is it a problem on my end or something else?

Posted by: Temujin [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 2, 2008 08:38 PM

Works OK for me. I'm not sure what the problem is.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2008 08:01 AM