Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

World poverty, concluded national treasure Boris Johnson in The Daily Telegraph, was all about women's bras, a thought that probably occurred to him during a Spectator party. Drop tariffs on Sri Lankan-made flimsies and the island will need less disaster aid: "One meeting in Brussels and less than three minutes to do."

There were one or two asides, such as "51 NGOs helping 49 villagers" (The Times), but no one dares criticise aid charities right now. The same applies to the public - so generous. But The Times had a new slant: charity shops are the dumping ground for the nation's rubbish. "Sometimes people leave pretty nasty stuff," said one manager. Help the Aged pays £300,000 a year to tip all the soiled clothes and broken furniture.

Saint Bob kicked in with the answer in The Mirror: shut the f*****s down. He didn't actually use that word, but Bob quotes sound wrong without it. His dislike comes because charity shops signal high street decline, which he lays at the doors of the multiples.

Other saintly ones were at it, too: The Guardian reported Salman al-Farizi, of the Laskar Mujahidin in Indonesia, saying the tsunami was Allah's punishment of those who didn't follow Islamic law. It also quoted the Westboro Baptist Church, Kansas, hoping all missing Swedes will be dead because their country is "a bastion of immorality and perversity, cursed by God".

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