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.


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. ;)