Man waiting for correct opinion on Iran helicopter crash to emerge so he can have it

A MAN is withholding any views thoughts on the death of Iran’s president in a helicopter crash until the acceptable opinion comes to light and he can claim it as his own.

Tom Booker, aged 29, is aware that the death of Ebrahim Raisi is not something he is qualified to have views on, happening as it has during a period of inflamed tensions in the Middle East, so is waiting to see which thoughts will meet with agreement on social media.

He said: “Death is obviously tragic, but then again this guy was known as the Butcher of Tehran. So let’s hold fire on the mourning.

“He restricted how women could dress and live and was openly homophobic, all of which screams ‘bad guy’ to me, but then Palestine. Not being caught out on that again. I’ll let the dust settle before I extend my deepest condolences.

“It’s tricky with these stories where there are so many moving parts. Russia and China have paid their respects and I’m generally against them. But wasn’t he against Western imperialism? That’s bad too.

“Also it seems entirely accidental, which is suspicious. I don’t want to be caught out if by 5pm it’s been decided it was a a black op by Mossad and the CIA and everyone’s laughing at my naivety. Best keep it shut until I can parrot what’s correct.”

Iranian Kamal Naderi said: “I totally get it. I was exactly the same when Alistair Darling died last year.”

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Universities cost more than ever and are going bust: a guide to the Tory economic model, with Jeremy Hunt

HELLO. I’m Jeremy Hunt, chancellor by default, and pre-election I’d like to talk you through the economic model that has made Britain such a success. 

You might remember when universities were free. This was clearly unsustainable. Now, after 14 years of the adults running the country, studying for a degree means three decades of debt and universities are facing bankruptcy.

Like so much else in the country we’ve transformed – energy providers, water supplies, train networks – our world-renowned universities are now only sustainable with foreign investment. Like the Tory party, the country is in hock to amoral overseas billionaires.

How did we do it? Well, it’s all thanks to what I call the Three Ps. First, Privatise. Take a system that’s functioned well for decades and sell it, or at the very least start charging for it.

Does it matter if the country can’t function without it so investors know full well they can do whatever they like and we’ll have to prop it up? No, not in the least. Which takes us to the second P: Profit.

For the government this is easiest of all, because we simply sit back and let it happen. Royal Mail wants to put stamp prices up by 47 per cent in 18 months? Go ahead. What’s good for shareholders is good for Britain, even if it self-evidently isn’t.

And finally you reach where we are with our water companies, when an essential public service has been neglected for decades, used as a cash cow, loaded with debt and is now polluting our rivers and seas while demanding huge price rises.

We’ve arrived at our third P: Pretend it isn’t happening. Yes, our economic model is so indisputably brilliant that nothing can go wrong with it, so when evidence to the contrary arrives ignore it for it cannot be real.

And that’s how you transfer public money into private hands. If there’s a higher purpose to government than that nobody’s told me about it. God, I love this country.