by Kieran Healy on April 16, 2006

People speaking in some official capacity should always take care what they say, because they aren’t just speaking for themselves. The higher up the ladder you go, the more care you have to take. Most of the time inappropriate comments don’t even raise a laugh. So it’s hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy when someone is — rightly — made to apologize for having said something that’s actually funny. In this case it’s “Police Chief Constable John Vine”: who, when speaking to the Perth Bar Association in Scotland, told a joke about Al Qaeda fathers chatting about their suicide-bomber sons. One says wistfully to the other, “Kids blow up so quickly these days.”



Kevin Donoghue 04.16.06 at 11:51 am

I hope he credited The Religious Policeman (unless of course he is The Religious Policeman). I quite liked the picture of the Saudi Airlines 747 at prayer-time as well.


Daniel 04.16.06 at 3:52 pm

The Irish Alzheimer’s Disease Society used to have the slogan

“Remembering those who can’t”.

What, do you think I’m lying or something? I heard on the radio about seven years ago. They were having a telethon. No dammit, they did.


Kieran Healy 04.16.06 at 3:57 pm

When I was in college, Irish Rail’s slogan was “We go further to get you there.”


Matt 04.16.06 at 4:09 pm

The slogan for SEPTA (public transportation in the Philadelphia area) was (maybe still is) “We’re getting there!” If only it were true, I think.


The Modesto Kid 04.16.06 at 5:19 pm

SEPTA’s slogan nowadays is, “Serious about change”. Doesn’t hit the spot the same way.


Matt 04.16.06 at 8:40 pm

I’d forgotten about the new SEPTA slogan. It’s funny, though, because they don’t give change, even at the subway stations where there are people who sell tickets. Maybe they are so serious that the want to keep all the change for themselves.


Nabakov 04.16.06 at 8:51 pm

I’ve always been partial to the slogan “Stamp Out Landmines!”

And for real, there was the Aus telcom company Optus annoucing in one of their first ads that their dedicated customer focus would “make you feel like the only person in the world with a phone.”


bad Jim 04.17.06 at 2:07 am

There’s a fine line between bottle-scarred and battle-scared veterans.

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