04 July 2009

Ecclestone does a Bowie

Formula One rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, always an idiot, has surpassed himself with recent comments on British politics: that democracy has failed in Britain, that Adolf Hitler was "a man who was able to get things done", and that he prefers strong leaders - like Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, or indeed his friend Max Mosley, who presumably got the idea from his grandad Oswald.

These are very much along the same lines as interview comments made by David Bowie in the mid-1970s that Britain needed a fascist dictatorship. Bowie at least has the excuse that he was coked out of his box at the time. I'm not sure if the same is true of Ecclestone, but in essence, who gives a shit?

Ecclestone also defended low tax rates for high earners like Lewis Hamilton (who is nowadays a Swiss tax exile), as if "offers an incentive". I'd like to impose a 105% tax rate (say) on Bernie Ecclestone, as it would "offer an incentive" for him to f*** off to Switzerland and set up a fascist dictatorship there, if he so chooses.

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