This relates to an article by Paul Moss…though you might have thought it was by Occupy’s Paul Mason:
Boom times in Dubai are attracting more and more Westerners – but a night with the expat elite was an awkward experience for the BBC’s Paul Moss.
A weekend stopover in Dubai – a friend had asked some of her friends who live there to take me out.
So, here I was being taken out. But what are the obligations in such a situation?
What do you say to people kind enough to host a stranger, yet characters so improbable not even the wildest of satirists would dare invent them?
Not a problem it seems for Moss…just mock and deride them, call them racist and adopt a holier than thou attitude towards their wealth…in fact pretty much out of the BBC handbook on how to deal with white rich people these days.
Nothing like returning a bit of hospitality and betraying his friend’s trust.
And he seems so pleased with his own cleverness at fooling them into thinking he would write something nice:
“You are a journalist,” said another woman. “Why do you not write something [did he edit out the ‘nice’?] about Dubai? Everyone is always so horrible about us.”
“You will not forget, will you?” she asked. “You will write something about Dubai, about all of us?”
I promised her that I would certainly consider it.
Charming…wonder if his friends will get their friends to entertain him again…I’m sure they will ‘certainly consider it.’