Saturday, 13 November 2010

What have the Normans ever done to us?

I thought I'd seen it all.

But no. Commenter "zadok" on Robert Peston's blog has discovered the real culprits behind Britain's economic malaise.

From comment 5 on "Can the UK close massive deficit with China?":
The english ( anglo saxons ) are the most inventive people in the world but unfortunately,like everything,the normans highjacked their flair and trashed it.
(Punctuation and spelling in the original)

I have seen the Americans blamed; the Labour government; the Tory government; the Chinese; the rich; the middle class; the unemployed; the banks; the EU, the IMF, the World Bank, the capitalists, the socialists, the communists, and even the behavioural economists.

But it never occurred to me that it could have been...the Normans.

2 comments:

Bastiaan Los said...

I knew it!

Min said...

Ah! The light dawns!

It was Henry Plantagenet, that dastardly Norman, who instituted tally sticks. Of course. ;)