Worthless people

Mónica de Oriol of the Círculo de Empresarios has apologised for her assertion that those who don’t work and don’t study are good for nothing, and is said to be in discussion with Procol Harum re new opportunities for Spain’s young and not-so-young unemployed. The unions are opposed, and believe we should continue to implement Swift’s Modest Proposal.

On back-pedalling: it’s good to see rétropédalage grow as a metaphor in French, although its users anywhere have surely never ridden a bicycle – the bikes in question have no reverse gear, and terugtrapremmen merely slow you down.

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