Face of the day

Allow me to introduce: Dr Kim Jong Un

North Korea has long been known for its love of titles for its leaders. Mr. Kim’s grandfather, the nation’s founder, was known as the Great Leader; his son, the Dear Leader. The country seems not yet to have decided on the same kind of moniker for Mr. Kim — settling for workaday titles like marshal of the military. But now a university in Malaysia has bestowed upon the 30-year-old leader an honorary doctorate that allows him to spruce up his title count.

If the North Korean state news agency has it right, the particular doctorate is perhaps as much of a surprise for those outside the isolated nation as the honor itself. Dr. Kim, it says, is now a doctor of economics. The news report does not mention that he oversees one of the world’s poorest and most dysfunctional economies. – The New York Times



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  • mike

    We should all pitch in and get Russel one too… they seem to have the same stupid ideas.

    • Er, Russel Norman already has one.

      • Nechtan

        Crikey I hope its not in economics, as he should give it back if it thats the case.

        • He did his PhD on the Alliance Party.

          Doesn’t that just explain everything?

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          It would devalue the discipline at the same rate as his financial policies would devalue the country.

      • mike

        I was meaning one in economics… was that too subtle? It must be Monday :-)

  • Salacious T Crumb

    “If the North Korean news agency has it right…”.
    Hmmmm, a Heraldesque level oxymoron?

  • andrew carrot

    “Dot Kim” carries more gravitas than Dr. Kim and is so more in keeping with his country’s record of internet crime.

  • johnbronkhorst

    By the look on his face….more fibre in the diet, is required.

  • cows4me

    So I suppose the tosspot will be going for a Nobel prize next year. I guess if Obummer can get one anyone can.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Stalin nearly got one, Kissinger got one, that hack Krugman got one too. You’re onto it, mate.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Peanut Carter got one too. It seems the criteria is to have ideas which, if implemented, run a nation into the ground. A doctorate in economics is fitting for ol’ Mini Mao.

  • Col

    Bugger me days, the buggers have got computer access too the world now, Young Kim must have bought one on the internet, or someone gave it to him for a joke ( where did that bullet come from) now we can see things improve in the next day or so!!!!!

  • Col

    He went to school in Switzerland and he was a piss poor student, didn’t or couldn’t understand the culture.