Originally posted by generalissimo
They should pay the money back, or be shot.
Genralissimo. people tease you here for your chosen Franco/Pinochet screen name, but is it fair? Have we misunderstood the reference you intend?
"The [Kuomintang ] was a dictatorial regime that had risen to power partly through exploiting its links with Shanghai gangsters. It was monstrously corrupt and mismanaged the economy into hyperinflation. It collapsed, largely, it seemed, under the weight of its own fecklessness and cruelty, and ended up ruling just Taiwan, from where Chiang dreamed ever more forlornly of recovering the mainland. Alliance with the dictatorship he brutally established there seemed one of those embarrassing right-wing entanglements the cold war foisted on America. Chiang himself, with his glamorous wife, Soong Mayling, his cool, austere manner and his comic-book title, “the Generalissimo”
, seemed somewhere on the spectrum between joke and monster."
Taken from "The man who lost China", a review of 'The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China' (2009) By Jay Taylor, in The Economist, May 7th 2009.
As for the current scandal in the U.K., as disgraceful and aggravating as it may be, let's be thankful that we (or most of us, anyway) don't live under the kind of cruel, criminal, avaricious regimes that the "Generalissimos" of this world envision or pine for.