Shut Your Hole

The quote “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” or “Let them eat cake” has been wrongly attributed to Marie Antoinette to highlight the contempt of the aristocracy or upper classes for the poor, however the phrase iriginating from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s CONFESSIONS didn’t prevent the mob from taking their vengeance on the Bourbon queen and today Asia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart sought to outdo the ill-fated queen by announcing at the Sydney Mining Club, “The evidence is inarguable that Australia is becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export-oriented business. Africans want to work, and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.

The mining magnate whose wealth from mineral sales to China climbed from $1 billion in 2007 to $18 billion in 2011 went on to say, “There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money don’t just sit there and complain, do something to make more money yourself. Spend less time drinking, smoking and socializing and more time working.”

Thus spake the rich in the days before the Second Coming of Slavery.

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