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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 22/09/2015

Cameron's sex games not the real scandal

A biography of British Prime Minister David Cameron by one of his old friends contains an allegation that Cameron inserted "a private part of his anatomy" into the mouth of a dead pig during an initiation ceremony when he was studying at Oxford University. As regards social tradition the incident is highly revealing, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: "The eccentricity of British scandals is the result of an intact class society. Sociologists describe it as follows: the lower class has a lot of sex, but straightforward sex, the middle class hardly ever has sex (it works), and the upper class has a lot of sex, but of an eccentric nature. It is the privilege of members of the upper classes to be found having suffocated to death in a rubber suit. And Cameron's anecdote with the head of a decapitated pig is an upper class scandal. ... The book will put Cameron in the wrong light as it says little about his policy of social welfare cuts. ... The indecent thing about class politics is not the private part but the public part."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 20/07/2015

Europe becomes an economic boarding school

The agreement between Greece and its creditors concludes with the words: "The ownership by the Greek authorities is key." For the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger the fact that the term "ownership" is now being used by politicians speaks volumes: "[It] means that the Greek government must recognise the negotiated agreement as its own creation: an agreement that repeals laws that have already been passed, makes all new laws subject to EU, IMF and ECB approval, and prescribes extensive austerity measures and privatisation. … The new word fits in perfectly with the language of the austerity policy. The latter's goals are formulated in corporate jargon: structural reforms, consolidation, programmes, while the actions are school speak: homework, detention, discipline, rules and slimming programmes - right down to IMF chief Christine Lagarde's call for adults to be around the negotiating table. Europe was an idea. Now it's an economic boarding school."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 13/12/2011

Oligarch Blocher buys his own newspaper

The publisher of the Baseler Zeitung, Moritz Suter, gave up all his functions at the newspaper on Monday and sold his shares in the company to Rahel Blocher, the daughter of Christoph Blocher, vice president of the national conservative Swiss People's Party. Now it's plain for all that the Blochers are an oligarch family, the liberal Tages-Anzeiger comments: "The rotten deal that the Blochers' family business Robinvest struck with the newspaper demonstrates how hungry for power and control Blocher is. Father and daughter spent 70 million on a publisher that is 100 million in debt. Even when the audit uncovered a 30 million gap in the pension scheme this was simply shrugged off. This is the kind of mistake only a billionaire can afford. But the temptation of getting its hands on a chief editor like Markus Somm and in all probability a publishing chief like Filippo Leutenegger, two highly experienced supporters, was worth dozens of millions for the family. Switzerland now has an authentic oligarch family with the Blochers: along with its own castle, party, companies, factories and newspapers." 

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 24/05/2011

Wikipedia belongs on World Heritage list

To mark the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia the founders of the online lexicon have launched a campaign to have it included on Unesco's World Heritage List. The left-liberal daily Tagesanzeiger says Wikipedia deserves this honour: "One reason why the Wikipedia join-in project is in crisis now is that fewer and fewer people are volunteering to write entries. This is because the easier entries have already been completed and a couple of hundred veterans are dominating all the discussions - and have drawn up a terrifying 30-page list of rules for quality control. These barriers are a problem. Because according to a study the key contributors were not professors but students. While the professors had a compulsory audience their students wrote for one reason only: prestige. So it can't be a bad idea to endow the Wikipedia project with the biggest honour of all: a place on the Unesco list."

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