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No We Can’t

I am encouraged to see that the Mother Country has not yet completely succumbed to the opium fumes of Yes-We-Can! optimistic faffle wafting over from our side of the Atlantic.

Tube announcer advises passengers to consider shooting themselves

A London Underground announcer has earned cult status after delivering a monologue which included suggesting that frustrated passengers might consider shooting themselves.

Someone should remind this noble Briton, however, that you can only shoot yourself if you have access to firearms. In Britain that means you need to be a career criminal. For law-abiding citizens I’m afraid it’s the razor, the noose, or the railroad tracks — and the last, only if you are lucky enough to be near the tracks when a train comes along.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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