The astonishing stupidity of Rachel Smalley

We’ve looked at the retarded nature of Rachel Smalley before. She is perhaps the most annoyingly sanctimonious and solipsistic commentator around. Who can forget her ticking off NASA for naming a spacecraft after an eminent scientist, confusing his name (Kepler) with Kevlar and remonstrating that it isn’t a good look to name a spacecraft after bullet proof vests? Of course, she never lets staff in the NewstalkZB newsroom forget that she is the “only serious journalist” in that organisation.

I was looking forward to her column this morning as much as I looked forward to other lefty commentator reports, but who knew she could be so utterly disdainful of the democratic process.

Referendums have their place. Should a country change its flag, for example? That’s a good use of a referendum. But on the issue of E.U membership, an issue of such profound economic importance, why let ‘Jo public’ decide when some among ‘Jo public’ will be ill-informed, politically ignorant and have little understanding of the impact of their vote on trade, on policy, on Britain’s constitution, on the country’s legal framework, on national unity, on a million things.

That’s not democracy. That is political stupidity.

Astonishing. So, Rachel Smalley has just told everyone that she does not believe in democracy, that referenda are only for trivial issues and the people shouldn’t have a say; they should leave that to their betters…presumably people like her. Rachel Smalley is a disgrace. But she rabbits on.

Brexit was not democracy in action. It was a truly remarkable act of political self-harm.

Democracy allows you to have a say in who represents you in the corridors of power, and then we charge those politicians with getting on with running the country, with running the economy, with putting policy in place, with negotiating trade deals, and so it goes on.

But, and as one commentator pointed out in Britain, democracy also means making sure “People avoid making uninformed decisions with catastrophic consequences”.

To that end, Brexit has been a failure of democracy.

Is she aware that the EU was about as far from democratic as you can get, imposing its will by unelected faceless technocrats on member countries? That’s not democracy; the referendum was. The problem with the EU is you couldn’t hold the politicians to account, nor the technocrats. That’s not democracy; the referendum was.

By her logic the referendum to join the EU was likewise undemocratic.

I sat in front of the BBC on Friday afternoon, and I watched the results roll in. I didn’t pick it, to be honest. And my jaw just kept dropping. I couldn’t believe what was unfolding.

The footsie fell by nearly 500 points at one stage, the pound plummeted to its lowest level in 30 years, and more than $2 trillion was wiped off the world’s stock markets.

The people have spoken.

It’s FTSE you dumb cow, not footsie. She is being paid by KPMG and she writes footsie? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

But what are the ramifications for the future? Who knows? Years of political, economic and constitutional challenges it seems.

That is David Cameron’s legacy. His desire to remain in power and appease the far right has essentially removed the ‘great’ from Great Britain.

It is no longer a United Kingdom. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s disunited. What a mess.

Here’s an idea Smalley. Why don’t you piss off over there and fix it. You seem to have all the answers. A clever girl like you and a “serious journalist”. They’ll listen to you….won’t they?

Rachel Smalley is an utter disgrace. Thank God KPMG are pulling their sponsorship of her show.


– NewstalkZB


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  • So,
    I was at this restaurant with Rachel last night. Things were going
    well, until she decided to start playing FTSE under the table.

    I can tell you, her stocks dropped sharply after that

    • Cadwallader

      Yes you’re right. Laughter is the only sane response to such rampant and pompous idiocy. The thing about Smalley is that I doubt she could deliver a weather forecast without her tone being pompous, patronising and greasy. There is something about her which evokes the posed authority of a 19th century school ma’am.

      • NahYeah

        Rachel’s forecast for tomorrow: “tomorrow will bring heavy rain, do you know what that is down there in Gore?, well, you had better put a raincoat on” (off-camera: “god, do I have to wipe their bums for them?”)

  • Really?

    Why doesn’t she hold a debate / talk fest with all the people that agree with her and solve the UK’s problem?
    You know like she did with refugees – that’s solved now – right?

  • Second time around

    Forgetting about the merits or otherwise of the Brexit decision, binding referenda can allow important issues to be decided by sentiment and slogan rather than by analysis. No issue is sacred, so things we take for granted now, such as equal rights for certain minority groups could be undone by referendum on a simple majority. The US does allow legal oversight of any change, because there is a written constitution. There is no entrenched law in our system.

  • cassandra

    This is plagiarism at its worst, she has obviously been all over the guardian website all weekend — “thick, racist, greedy old people hijacked democracy, undermining the future of right thinking geniuses and the worthy young”.

    Not forgetting, of course, that the “neoliberal policies of david Cameron have disenfranchised the poor, resulting in them irrationally lashing out”

  • rustyjohn58

    Last I heard thick, racist, greedy old people get one vote each just like young, dumb, PC, stupid young people.

    • Boondecker

      I heard some remoaners complaining about the fact younger people weren’t educated enough on the subject to vote and that why they got it wrong or didn’t vote. The call was for only people over the age of 30 to be able to vote on important stuff like this and governmental elections.

      The only problem with that argument they seemed to miss was that by far the majority of people who rejected EU bureaucracy and voted Brexit were older / mature people. The under 30s appeared to primarily vote to stay. Just yet another example of those who who can’t grasp reality not going their way showing their own stupidity.

    • OneTrack

      In Rachel’s preferred world, that would not be true.

  • andrewo

    She is typical of the gaggle of PC liberals and media luvvies who think they’re smarter than the rest of us, despite lacking both the experience and qualifications to support their belief.
    The Brexit referendum result represented many things, but above all it represented a two-finger salute to this particular clique.

  • Brian_Smaller

    That is stunning – that she actually voiced that she believes in rule by the correct class of people – which does not include ordinary people.

    I for one would rather live in an imperfect democracy than a perfect dictatorship. She is a disgrace but at least has firmly nailed her colours to the mast of Totalitarianism – benevolent or otherwise.

  • LesleyNZ

    So Rachel Smalley thinks we Jo Public are dumb and stupid? So Rachel Smalley thinks she is of a higher intelligence than most of us lowly ones? What an elitist attitude. I do not know why NewstalkZB continues to employ this woman and why KPMG continue to have their good name associated with her. She is a very good example of the elite ones (in this instance media elite with a bit of political) who want to sabotage the Brexit referendum and who think their opinion is much better and worth far more than ours – the Jo Public. If Rachel thinks their should not have been a Brexit referendum then she must feel more comfortable in a country that does not practice democracy. Rachel is a Lord Tarleton.
    William Wilberforce: No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!
    Lord Tarleton: People?

    Rachel – I too sat in front of the BBC on Friday afternoon, and I watched the results roll in. I didn’t pick it, to be honest. And my jaw just kept dropping. I couldn’t believe what was unfolding. I WAS ELATED and I reckon Leighton was too.

    • dumbshit

      Well at least we were spared “lardo’s and heifers” labelling as well!

    • WeaselKiss

      On the subject of elitist attitudes and the MSM trying to steer the public perception:
      On Saturday at the conclusion of his show, Jack Tame made a crack about how “a bunch of Pommie rednecks have tipped the UK out of the EU”.
      I thought ‘excuse me’? I doubt that 52% of UK voters would appreciate being labelled ‘rednecks’ !

      • LesleyNZ

        I used to really like Jack when he used to report for One News. Then when he went to New York and took over Saturday morning on Newstalk ZB he became far too big for his boots. What a stupid inane thing for him to say. He is another that NewstalkZB should take a second look at. Fancy labelling those who think the opposite to you as rednecks and Pommie. Jack is proving to be very immature in his thinking.

        • Miss Phit

          Cut from the same cloth as the small one. Probably went to the same school.

        • Mick Ie

          The problem with the majority of journalists is that they are not journalists. Journalists used to report the news, only presenting facts and without inserting personal bias.
          We now have opinionists and as they have been allowed to perform this way for so long, they now believe their own press and their arrogance is destroying impartiality.

  • Hedgehog

    This is the same Rachel Smalley who quotes the “court of public opinion” when the Nats or in particular John Key does something she doesn’t agree with.

    Shows the typical lefty opinion – All who don’t agree with her world view are ill informed cretens.

  • Usaywot

    Well, Rachel. here’s the thing, that revote petition was drawn up months ago by AN EXITER! just in case the vote was for remain. What a fool! Anyway it won’t hold water because, according to reliable reports on CNN people from all over the world are signing it and they don’t count.

  • Chris EM

    Footsie now! This woman is incredible in the way she keeps displaying her lack of basic intelligence. Stupid people need to be careful sharing their opinions for fear of putting their footsie in their mouths.

    • Lord Onerous I

      It’s a textbox case of the Dunning Kruger Effect.

  • Usaywot

    Look up Oliver Healey- English Democrats on Facebook to see the truth behind the online revote petition

  • Angus Aardvark

    She is joking… any journalist stupid enough to say out loud that the little people should be ruled by the elite, would not have enough intelligence to drive a car or use a phone.
    [Edit, typo]

  • Wayne Hodge

    The utter stupidity of Smalley continues to astound even a hardened cynic like myself. She might believe the rubbish she spouts, but why does she say it out loud!

    • OneTrack

      Because all her friends agree with her?

  • Jdogg

    Why so jaw droppingly unbelievable? All democratic votes count, right Rach? The older working class who’ve seen the changes to their country deserve a vote too, not only the young snowflakes who have no life experience apart from indoctrination by stealth from their safe places!!!! Maybe the ones who pay all the taxes are sick and tired of having undemocratic decisions being made on their behalf?
    Is there no copy editor at ZB? Someone needs a swift Footsie up their Jacksie.

    • Wheninrome

      One could say “kaksie”.

  • cows4me

    I guess it’s not surprising Rachel doesn’t like referendum, imagine newstalk having one on should Rachel stay or should Rachel go.

    • spanishbride

      I would vote early and vote often if they ever held one on that topic LOL

      • FornaK

        You could enrol as Spanishbride, Spanish Spanish Bride, Spanish Bride Bride, and even Spanish Spanish Bride Bride.

    • MarcWills

      I want an MMP referendum repeat – I don’t like what we got! (Actually, there is some truth in this at least.)

    • Steve (North Shore)

      And take Vance with her as a chaperone?

  • NahYeah

    She forgot to add: “The utter stupidity of the decision is encapsulated even in the ridiculous name they gave it, “Br-Exit”, named after the Bristol exit on the M4. Surely, if they had even the slightest common sense, it would at least have been named “Do-exit”, after the Dover exit from the M20 heading towards the EU”.

  • Whitey

    That’s not democracy? No Rachel, I think you’ll find that’s the exact definition of democracy. Whether it’s stupid or not is of course a point we can debate, since it’s well known that the key problem with democracy is that even the unbelievably stupid get a vote. Even people who confuse FTSE with footsie.

    • Korau

      Winston S. Churchill
      “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

      Now there is an intellect I would listen to.

  • john Doe

    When the people speak it should be ignored for that is the realm of the media. Ignorant woman!

  • Peter

    Maybe only jouralists should be allowed to vote. After all they know more than all of us!
    Or maybe include 16 and 17 year olds too, with no real life experiences yet on which to make good judgements, as it’s their future at stake.
    But definitely not old people who have plenty of life experiences, but have little time left. Especially if you are 90 as I read one 17 year old twittering.

  • The2Game

    Lemme defend Rachel on one small point, WhaleOil.

    The FTSE has LONG been colloquially referred to as the ‘Footsie’.

    • Crowgirl

      But it’s still spelled FTSE, and colloquially referred to as “footsie” because of the acronym. It should never actually be spelled “footsie”.

    • Boondecker

      Explaining is losing, they say, but she’s just the first person to have it published in writing that way. That’s what makes Her article look rather stupid.

    • Cadwallader

      But, but but in this universe spacecraft aren’t called Kevlars.

    • Poppa

      But not in writing – its still the FTSE

    • JEL51

      Some one who has both hands on a microphone then proceeds to denigrate people with a differing point of view in the most disparaging tone, is indefensible.

    • Alan Beresford B’Stard

      Footsie is something played under the table hoping no-one can see.

    • Nige.

      Why would you?

      You miss the point. She is sponsored by KPMG. An investment provider. One who’s interests are floating on the FTSE stock exchange daily.

      It’s disrespectful of her to dumb down her sponsors clientele.

    • Gazza

      Maybe I will buy some ‘Kevlar’ socks for my ‘FTSE’s’…

    • OneTrack

      Yes it is, when it is spoken, not written.

      • Lots of news stories use the informal name Footsie, check google.

  • axeman

    No don’t be silly this has nothing to with democracy but has everything to do with not suiting their view. How dare a country break away rather than staying, holding hands and singing Kumbaya my Lord

  • Tiger

    I would vote for Sm-exit! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Raaaaychell.

  • So the argument apparently is “only people who would vote the same way as I would should be allowed to vote”?

    • NahYeah

      Or: “anyone who disagrees with me is mentally deficient”, we have heard that kind of statement a lot from the left lately.

      • Woody

        Helen was good at that, maybe Rachel thinks she is as smart as Helen.

      • Wheninrome

        “We know the peasants are revolting, but unfortunately they are revolting”, no matter what we do or what we say they jsut won’t listen to mummy and mummy knows best.

    • OneTrack

      That is the lefty mindset right there. Pining for the glory days of the Soviet Union.

  • Tony Norriss

    By Smalley’s argument, we shouldn’t be allowed to vote at all. We are all too stupid to be able to make a decision about who leads us. Just install a lefty dictator and be done with it.

    • OneTrack

      We might do something politically stupid and vote National. And then where would we be?

  • Greg M

    What dear Rachel can’t seem to understand is that the “greedy old stupid people” who voted to leave have a lifetime of experiences dealing with the EU nonsense, and have had enough. Unlike the “young intelligentsia” like her who have lived their existences in the corridors of journalism school or the lofty heights of the student union at university. The people who made the decision to leave know full well the ramifications of their decision, and they took that democratic choice.

    • Wayne Hodge

      I understand your comment, but am not sure that your last sentence is necessarily correct, but in this regard your opinion is as sound as mine.

      • Peter

        As regard to Greg M’s last sentence. Maybe they do know the ramifications and that it will hurt them in the pocket initially. But as some UK visitors said to me recently, “they even want to change the national anthem because it refers to ‘God'”.
        Maybe somethings (like your country) are worth making financial sacificies for? My only fear for them is that the horse has well and truly bolted and maybe impossible to get back.

        • KatB

          Well there was that guy in the Brexit movie that said even if he knew he’d be feeding his family stewed grass in 5 years time, he’d still vote to leave. That’s how important he could see it was and that it may come with some short term hardship.

        • OneTrack

          At least now they have taken the first step to addressing the problems. If they had stayed in they wouldn’t have that option.

    • Isherman

      Some of them at least would have also voted in the 1975 referendum on it, and they can see with their own eyes what it has become since…they are all wrong according to Rachel.

      • MarcWills

        Yes, in 1975 they voted for a Common Market, which has since morphed into a EU Dictatorship on everything.

    • dennis

      I would have thought Rachel was in the old category. The young category is those under 30 most of whom didn’t vote.

      • KatB

        What comes out of her mouth suggests she’s in the young, uninformed camp, but she’s only a couple of years younger than me, so more middle aged than anything. She should have more of a handle on things than what she does.

        • Miss Phit

          Wisdom isnt something you gain with age but rather something you get with experience. Some of the left grow old and never experience life…

  • Wayne Hodge

    in regard to media comment on Brexit, Jane Bowron had an article in the DomPost today, which was somewhat similar in tone, but she managed as well to malign John Key as well. These lefties are really mendacious

  • Tom

    I could get very very angry about this woman. But I will restrain myself and simply say if she wasnt a looker, she would be a part time low paid researcher for Labour!

    • Wayne Hodge

      As she is no heifer, I see no bulls pawing the ground in anticipation.

  • NahYeah

    Those greedy old people, how dare they expect to make decisions about our city of London, that we the millennials built with our own hands.

  • johnnyB

    Its an unusual attitude and quite often seen by the lefties in commentary and social media in the last few elections questioning the intelligence or gullibility of NZ voters. Personally I did not think it was a wise decision as a think there may be potential for some ‘payback’ from old friends and any chance of recession should be avoided, however I dont actually know if this will happen or for how long and and as we saw with the referendum even the ‘experts’ were wrong so who knows what the result for Britain will be . But the end result is that over 50% of the voters thought something was wrong with the system and voted accordingly
    – much the same as we may have to come to grips with the fact 50% may vote for something we may not like in next years election. Ignoring or disregarding Democracy is not a track we should be promoting.

  • NahYeah

    Those who forget their histrionics, are doomed to repeat them, eh Rach?

  • Isherman

    Does Rachel even know that in 1975 the Brits voted to stay in the then EEC by a referendum that was a part of of the Labour Party manifesto and delivered after they won in 74?
    I’d like to see her quizzed as to what she even knows about all this, that could be revealing.

    • David Moore

      History is for old people.


  • Sideshow11

    Wasn’t the left demanding a referendum on the tpp . But now normal folk are too dumb for referenda on trade agreements and such like.

  • AF

    I’ve been reading a lot of histrionics on this subject recently and have the following comments:
    1) Since when did the left leaning media care so much about the preservation of trade agreements? If I recall correctly, they are the first to protest about any impending new agreements.
    2) A number of articles have stated this is not how democracy is meant to work. Where to start with that…other than the rule of never arguing with an idiot?
    3) Apparently not all votes are created equally, and certain demographics are meant to vote in the supposed best interest of another demographic. I can safely say that is not how democracy is meant to work. Reminds me of the saying that democracy is like 2 wolves and 1 sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
    4) If the current trade agreements collapse, do you think that suppliers will stop selling to Britain and people will go hungry in the street? Of course not. So I can’t think of a more apt saying than ‘keep calm and carry on’. A number of countries (such as NZ, Australia, Israel, SA, Switzerland etc.) are not part of the EU and they seem to be doing ok. Membership of the EU is not vital for economic success.
    5) How many ‘experts’, whose opinions and forecasts were so wrong, would have benefited from Britain remaining in the EU? Furthermore, if they couldn’t predict the outcome of the referendum, how can they predict what will happen next?
    6) Lastly, since when did everyone suddenly become an expert on Brexit and the EU?
    I’m over it….

    • David Moore

      “Since when did the left leaning media care so much about the preservation of trade agreements”

      Ever since they viewed it as an underhand way to subvert the elected government with a monolithic, statist monster they could control by diverting more power to bureaucrats.

  • Bob Dazzler

    shes just another vacuous leftie.

  • Dave

    I cringed at the thought process in the article, and thought, God, please, please. Then I read the last sentence, and ……. oh yes, there is someone who understands value, now if only the ZB / NZME bosses would get the message KPMG has delivered……. LOW OR NO VALUE.

  • localnews

    I still dont think it will harm Britain. The markets dropped because they picked it wrong.
    I dont believe anyone will stop trading with Britain on principle, thats not how commerce works.
    In five years the other countries will be wishing they were first out, Britain will have a free trade agreement with the US and be very happy, and we will all have Boris and Donald haircuts

    • Whitey

      I tried to explain this exact fact to a Scottish colleague (ironically, a Republican) at morning tea today. The markets will bounce back, I said. People won’t stop trading with the UK, because as you say that’s just not how commerce works. But this colleague only sees the initial market drop and is afraid there will be a huge recession. Interestingly, my economist colleagues have a more favourable view of Brexit.

      • Quinton Hogg

        All the people we deal with for funds investments are taking the keep calm and carry on approach. There is no sense of panic at all. Personally i don’t there is anything to panic about.

    • TM

      Could not agree moire. More money in their pockets, less interference and a chance to re-engage the population in the voting process as now they will have seen it can work. As for the garbage about it being old vs young – firstly that is based on opinion polls not fact as they don’t know how someone votes, and also I would guess the number of over 50’s that voted probably was 2-1 more than under 50’s so in reality the vote being so close would mean that it was actually an even spread across all demographics

    • Allyson

      Too right! As the Donald says , it means holidays at his British golfcourses will be more affordable and make him more money.Now where’s that bowl . . .time for my haircut

    • JLS

      Haircuts- love it!

    • FornaK

      As long as we don’t have to wear a Helun Clark haircut, I don’t mind

  • Eddie

    KPMG are pulling out? That’s the best news this week. Is it a commercial decision or are they naming Smalley as being bad for their business reputation?

    • shykiwibloke

      I no longer deal with KPMG – I made the decision on the basis that if they feel Rachael is good PR for them, then I don’t want their expertise.
      Thankfully sounds like they may have come to the same conclusion.

      • Eddie

        Yes, but is the conclusion a natural end or was it cut short for better reasons?

    • Simo

      I blogged about last year about this last year. I couldn’t comprehend how KPMG could professionally accept her lefty potty mouth which flapped like a bad dose of the squits.

      • Eddie

        It is a bad reflection on KPMG but did they stop the cash because of that? What would save some of their business and restore reputation is if they publicly said “We had no control over the editorial decisions at NewstalkZB and they have some talented broadcasters but we cannot continue our sponsorship of a show when other journalists continue to make statements that KPMG would be ashamed of”. At the moment, they are like doctors promoting Camel cigarettes.

  • PersonOfColor:WHITE

    From where Rachel sits, everyone is on the far right.

    • Boondecker

      That’s what happens when you’re stuck in a corner contemplating not much more than your own navel.

  • Grizz30

    Rachel does not understand markets. They overreact and then correct. They will settle once more is known an in one year this day will be a distant memory. Smart people see opportunity in lower share prices.

  • Win

    The arrogance and impertinence in her comments on ‘jo public’ are astounding. Who on earth does she think she is?

    • Who does she think she is? god’s gift to journalism.

    • OneTrack

      She thinks she is a lefty. And they always know best, and are more than happy to tellthe peons what to do. It is no wonder they love the EU.

  • Ross15

    I wonder whether Smalley would be able to comprehend what the following means?

    Is it part of a comment on the EU issue by Chris Monckton

    “It ( the EU Parliament) lacks even the power to bring forward a bill, and the 28 faceless, unelected, omnipotent Kommissars – the official German name for the shadowy Commissioners who exercise the supreme lawmaking power that was once vested in our elected Parliament – have the power, under the Treaty of Maastricht, to meet behind closed doors to override in secret any decision of that “Parliament” at will, and even to issue “Commission Regulations” that bypass it altogether.

    Worse, the treaty that established the European Stability Pact gives its governing body of absolute bankers the power, at will and without consultation, to demand any sum of money, however large, from any member state, and every member of that governing body, personally as well as collectively, is held entirely immune not only from any civil suit but also from any criminal prosecution.”

  • Kapow!

    Does her complete and utter arrogance blind to what she is actually saying?

    Perhaps her definition of democracy is having an unelected ruling class tell you how to live. Wait a minute… that is exactly what she believes so it makes sense.

  • Somnambulist

    Was Rachel one of the Progressives who said that Key bringing the commissioners into ECan was ‘the death of democracy’? If so, how does she square her support for the inflicting the same situation on over 200 times as many people in Europe?

  • seismac

    I thought I was the only person in the world who thought Rachel Very Smallie was a dense blonde bimbo looking for a place to hang her hat —— but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—-perhaps PM??

  • Karma

    While the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for it’s stellar journalism, this piece by Stephen Glover sticks it to the naysayers like Rachel Smalley.

  • waldopepper

    “why let ‘Jo public’ decide when some among ‘Jo public’ will be ill-informed, politically ignorant and have little understanding of the impact of their vote on trade, on policy, on Britain’s constitution, on the country’s legal framework, on national unity, on a million things.”

    the time to make these comments was before the vote, not after.
    in typical lefty fashion, if they can just “educate” us some more, the brits would have made the right decision.

    the left are now just realising we have all had enough of their nonsense, and they are about as popular as a bucket of cold sick.

    britain will be great again and in relatively short time to i think. and with only 134 days to go till president trump, i think the world is about to become a better place for all.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    I think Rachel is employed where she is because it is the stupidity that creates traffic.
    While we are talking about her we are not taking any notice of what the rest of the crazy left are up to. No?

  • sandalwood789

    “…why let ‘Jo public’ decide when some among ‘Jo public’ will be
    ill-informed, politically ignorant and have little understanding of the
    impact of their vote on trade, on policy, on Britain’s constitution, on
    the country’s legal framework, on national unity, on a million things.”

    Gee…. what an *excellent* description of the young Brexit voters!
    The older ones, on the other hand, are completely the opposite of the description Smalley has given.

    I think Smalley owes a container-ship-load of apologies towards the older Brexit voters. They have just rescued the UK from the insane laws of the EU, from the insane EU immigration policy and they may have given back the UK freedom of speech as well.

  • Sagacious Blonde

    Meanwhile a petition is running to remove Mike Hosking.
    I’m not sure I want to run the risk of the Streisand effect giving Smalley’s inflated ego more oxygen by setting up a petition to remove her.

  • Dumrse

    The proletariat are obvious way below her. Let’s remember what she thinks of size 12-14, they are lardo’s and heifers remember. I think she lives 10 stops beyond her station. She should lower her sights and step down off her high horse before she falls.

  • Cadae

    She demonstrates her challenged geography by stating “His desire to remain in power and appease the far right has essentially removed the ‘great’ from Great Britain.”
    ‘Great Britain’ is a geographic term – it’s the greatest of the British Isles. The only way to remove the great from Great Britain is to make Ireland bigger than Great Britain with tons of fill. Maybe they could achieve that by dumping all the EU regulations as fill around Ireland !

    • Frank N Further

      My understanding is the the “Great” stems from Roman times. It was used to differentiate England/Wales/Scotland from Brittany in France. Ireland is not, and never has been part of Britain, Great or otherwise. Agree with your comments re Smalley and EU regulations though.

      • Cadae

        Ireland is one of the British Isles, here’s the Wikipedia definition: “The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles”. Encyclopaedia Britannica has a similar definition.

        Regarding the history of the ‘Great’ part of Great Britain, from Wikipedia:
        “The Greco-Egyptian scientist Ptolemy referred to the larger island as great Britain (μεγάλης Βρεττανίας – megális Brettanias) and to Ireland as little Britain (μικρής Βρεττανίας – mikris Brettanias) in his work Almagest (147–148 AD).”

        Here’s a great little clip explaining the difference between Great Britain, UK and England:

  • OneTrack

    I made the mistake of following the link to read the rest of her diatribe. She apparently blames the untrustworthy Cameron for falling under the control of that evil FAR-RIGHT party UKIP. Now I get that Rachel thinks everybody right of Marx is far-right but UKIPs policies seem to be centre-right at best. Or does all our Rachel have is a bunch of lefty sound bites she gets from the Green party and as much understanding about them as she does about that little known astronomer Kevlar.

  • Simon

    Honestly – anyone that defends the EU on the grounds of democracy is completely ignorant.

  • kloyd0306

    Clearly, Rachel Smalley is a liberal, pointy-headed intellectual whose whole frame of knowledge has been determined by liberal, tenured lefty academia.

    She is out of touch with reality and dismissive of the experience and knowledge of those who have lived both without the EU and with the EU.

    The dizzy young have no such comparison of what life was like before the EU.

    If she gets Leighton’s time slot, I will not have to buy batteries for my radio.