"A thick pall of despair and despondency has spread and settled across the whole of the PRNK on learning the news that Heather Mills will not be participating in the disabled Winter Olympics. The whole of Pyongnang was united in rootin' for "Team Heather" and I, as president of the eastern sector "Go Heather, Go" supporters committee, have been particularly affected by events. Obviously this news has put a severe damper on the Christmas celebrations. I don't know what Heather is playing at but she'd better not come running to me."
The above correspondent wished to remain anonymous but who could doubt the veracity of those heartfelt words?
Meanwhile, in other news, 5 of the 7 pallbearers surrounding the Lincoln convertible which took the "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-il on his last journey have now been purged - along with hundreds, possibly thousands more. The most high-ranking victim of Kim Jong-un's purge, Jan Song-taek, had close links with China especially over economic questions. The regime has put out statements saying that business with China is unaffected but one has to have doubts. This is old-style Stalinist-type purge gone mad and points to the extreme fragility of the regime. What's of concern is does an imperialist "adventure" come next, the type of which often accompanies these internal upheavals? And if it is directed against South Korea does the latter act with folded arms to another slap in the face? I don't think that it will. Whatever, the situation is dangerous.
We also have the confrontations going on with China, near-misses and so on which themselves only require a slight miscalculation in order to escalate. The collapse into misery of the Central African Republic and the collapse of capitalism's newest nation, South Sudan, into immediate decomposition shows capitalism ending the year very much as it began.
Happy New Year.