That bastard, Dalai Lama!


by Sunny
30th May, 2008 at 1:41 am    

Talking to someone about blogging today and I said the key to developing a presence on the web is having someone new to say and taking controversial positions. The Spiked Online crew are perhaps the best example in Britain, I said, because they’re known only for spouting hilarious, contrarian positions for its own sake.

Lo and behold, its editor Brendan O’Neill is on CIF today telling us what a conniving bastard the Dalai Lama is. Up next: Margaret Thatcher was right! Nelson Mandela is a terrorist!


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  1. dave bones — on 30th May, 2008 at 11:05 am  

    I have read such things about the Dalai Llama before, and especially about power structures in Tibet under the rule of these Llamas I don’t think it is altogether untrue.

  2. Sid — on 30th May, 2008 at 11:08 am  

    My next bland and non-controversial blog post will be Brendan O’Neill – Irrelevent Tosser.

  3. Anas — on 30th May, 2008 at 12:06 pm  

    Has there ever been a political figure more ridiculous than the Dalai Lama? This is the “humble monk” who forswears worldly goods in favour of living a simple life dressed in maroon robes. Yet in 1992 he guest-edited French Vogue, the bible of the decadent high-fashion classes, which is packed with pictures of the half-starved daughters of the aristocracy modelling skirts and shirts that most of us could never afford.

    He claims to be the current incarnation of the Tulkus line of Buddhist masters, who are “exempt from the wheel of death and rebirth”. Yet he’s best known for hanging out with clueless western celebs like Richard Gere and Sharon Stone (who is still most famous for showing her vagina on the big screen). Stone once introduced the Dalai Lama at a glittering fundraising ball as “Mr Please, Please, Please Let Me Back Into China!”

    He poses as the quirky, giggly, modern monk who once auctioned his Land Rover on eBay for $80,000 and has even done an advert for Apple (quite what skinny white computers have got to do with Buddhism is anybody’s guess)

    That stuff just makes me love the Dalai Lama even more.

  4. Anas — on 30th May, 2008 at 12:11 pm  

    [The Dalai Lama]has even done an advert for Apple (quite what skinny white computers have got to do with Buddhism is anybody’s guess)

    That just shows how fucking clueless O’Neill is. Check out the following from the Dalai Lama:

    There is a possibility that a scientist who is very much involved his whole life [with computers], then the next life … [he would be reborn in a computer], same process! Then this machine which is half-human and half-machine has been reincarnated.

    The fact is someone may well end up being reincarnated into that skinny white computer that O’Neill so mocks — perhaps even O’Neill himself in the future.

  5. BenSix — on 30th May, 2008 at 1:04 pm  

    “Love: It’s Not All It Used To Be”
    - Brendan O’Neill

  6. BenSix — on 30th May, 2008 at 1:05 pm  

    “Love: It’s Not All It Used To Be”

    - Brendan O’Neill

  7. Andrew — on 30th May, 2008 at 3:48 pm  

    There have been a couple of more conventional “provocative” posts to CiF from O’Neill recently which make me think he’s aiming for a job writing “why oh why” columns for one of those tabloid newspapers which wants their readership to be mildly outraged but not too much (no “up the ‘RA” or defending Serbian concentration camps, thanks).

    One of the problems that the RCP/Furedi cult has is that it has become too successful and high profile – most people now, on hearing that someone is associated with Spiked, the Institute of Ideas, Sense about Science, the Manifesto Club or any of the other front organisations, will know exactly what that person’s opinion is on any subject. They are constantly aiming at unpredictable provocation, but in practice they are utterly predictable and therefore very dull.

  8. Dave S — on 30th May, 2008 at 5:06 pm  

    Not to mention that the amount of anti-environmentalism spewed by the O’Neill / Spiked / the RCP / Living Marxism / whatever they’re called this week makes them about the least genuinely communist people in existence.

    Environmental problems such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion and destruction of ecosystems nearly always affect the world’s poorest people much worse than the rich.

    Merits and downfalls of the various different types of communism aside, there is nothing communist about fucking the environment and shafting those who live there (duh… that’s everybody!), because ultimately to be anti-environment is to be anti-people, and especially anti the poorest people.

    But that doesn’t stop them trying… like last year when in another stupid nonsensical article they tried to create an imaginary divide between the Climate Camp and the No Borders Camp.

    No mention of the fact that it was actually many of the same people involved in organising and providing the infrastructure for both camps (I know some of the people who put considerable amounts of time into making both happen). But then they wouldn’t have known this, because they seem incapable of doing anything other than talking out of their arses. I really don’t know why they get give the platform to do it.

    As far as I can tell, they’re a sort of bizarre mutation of Daily Mail reactionism – heading off on different tangents but every bit as odious, pompous, and just plain wrong.

    Absolute gobshites, the lot of ‘em!

  9. Raul — on 30th May, 2008 at 8:02 pm  

    Tehelka did an issue on Tibet a few weeks ago that takes gives a rare insight into the protestors. There was a particularly good interview of one of the grassoot leaders, Tenzin Tsundue.

    I think its gives a better understanding on the Dalai Lama from their perspective, though there is dissatisfaction with him they seem to deeply respect him though they want to approach China in a different way altogether.

    http://www.tehelka.com/home/20080426/

    The interview with Tenzin Tsundue – http://www.tehelka.com/story_main38.asp?filename=Ne260408lesslove.asp

  10. Don — on 30th May, 2008 at 8:45 pm  

    The fact is someone may well end up being reincarnated into that skinny white computer

    Agreed O’Neill is pretty clueless and this is a lazy piece of writing, but that’s an interesting use of the word ‘fact’. I would have thought ‘whimsical speculation’ was nearer the mark.

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