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Will PAP Let The People Eat Cake?

The infamous quote “Let them eat cake” is attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette of France although there exists no evidence that she actually uttered those words. It was most certainly black flag propaganda at the turn of the 18th century, when France was experiencing economic hardship. The quote hit a nerve as the poor at the time did not eat cake. It displayed the nobility’s apathy and total lack of understanding the plight of the marginalised. This contributed to the frenzy of the hatred for the noble class by the disenfranchised and alienated French poor, fueling the fire to the burning cry for Liberte.

In present day times, the public figures’ world is full of virtue signalling. How does one look into the heart of men, or women? It is through the company they keep, or support, and the little action or omission, or what they say. Flight logs showed Bill Clinton visited Jeffrey Epstein at his orgy island 21 times. God knows how many times Prince Andrew visited. It is also through the little Freudian slips they utter which betray Faustian inner thoughts.

Top on the list is Hillary Clinton’s “Basket of deplorables”. Typical of the upper crust that leads the progressive ideological left, Hillary is all about power and control. Socialist idealism is a facade. It is a great tragedy that youngsters today incline toward the virtue signals of people like Hillary, and hold revisionist views of leftist philosopher greats of the past such as Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Jean Rousseau, blissfully unaware that these were racist, misogynistic, and contemptuous of the poor. Hillary hold Trump voters in utter contempt as ‘deplorables’, oblivious to the fact that these are millions of blue collar workers who produce the energy, food and other necessities of creature needs.

Lee Kuan Yew’s old pal Henry Kissinger, is another good illustration. In the book The Final Days, Kissinger was quoted calling the elderlies “the useless eaters”, a term he referred to people who are past the age of economic contribution to society. Quite clearly, the sick, the handicapped un-employables, the low-lifes in society, are within this category.

When it comes to such contemptuous Freudian slips, our local upper crust elites have proven themselves to be just as colourful. Let’s revel in some of these.

First to come to mind is the 2016 pornographic quote “You need a very small space to have sex” from Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State at the time. As head of National Population and Talent Division, progeneration was her portfolio. The context was the long queue for a government built HDB apartment. There is a priority scheme for married couples but it is conditional on them having a child. It is a chicken and egg issue which does not help those planning a family. The minister suggested to qualify for the scheme, couples can always have less discreet ways of producing the babies first, which can be accomplished in a small space. It is not a matter of non-resolution of the specific issue, but the manner it was brushed aside.

And who can forget the one time CEO of SMRT, m/s Saw Phiak Hwa, whose answer at an ambush interview to a question on large crowds at the train stations where she famously retorted “People can board the train – it is whether they choose to”. Of course when such an utterance returns to bite, she put it off as taken out of context. No matter, the take-it-or-leave-it attitude betrayed an apathy that is simply indefensible. It did’nt help when photos appeared of a Mercedes, a Ferrari, and a Spyder motorbike at her carpark. She explained off that, as a spinster, she has every right to splash her close to $2m salary on herself. Elites don’t understand the masses do not have choices of transportation like her.

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s unquotable quote “mee siam mai hum” in 2006 went viral locally. He was innocently trying to poke fun at one of Mr Brown’s parody podcast. In American lingo, he tried to display street cred (to have credibility and acceptability by the people on the streets). He was asking for a local dish sans cockles when this has never ever come with the mollusc. “Mee siam” is a traditional simple dish that Singaporeans slurp up at side-street corner foodstalls. It may well have been a Freudian slip, but most see it as a betrayal of complete detachment from the lives of ordinary folks by the exalted one.

In 2004 the National Kidney Foundation sued the Straits Times for defamation in an article which suggested mis-use of charity funds. The suit collapsed and backfired as massive abuses were revealed – first class air travels, gold-plated faucets, and an astounding S$600,000 paycheck for CEO T.T. Durai, a huge sum in those days, and even for today. As public outcry ensued, the wife of then Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, stepped into the fray. In defence of the CEO, who happens to be a friend, Mrs Goh defiantly said “S$600,000 a year is peanuts”. In late 1990s, Lee Kuan Yew implemented a world-unique ministerial pay scheme pegged to certain top jobs in the private sector. It had the dual objective of equitable compensation to attract top talent and dis-incentivise corruption. In the run up debates on ministerial salaries, Lee had often stressed it is not right to pay peanuts to ministers whose responsibilities far outweigh executives in the private sector. Somehow, Lee’s “peanuts” had a wisp of wisdom. But coming from Mrs Goh, it sounded plastic, an abject condescension from the high and mighty which probably sits at the top of the totem pole of what rankles the ordinary Singaporeans to this day.

In 2013 Minister Khaw Boon Wan said “Smaller Medisave means you’re lazy and save less”. Yes, Minister. we all know the aunties and uncles working as cleaners at the food court will never, in their live-time, accumulate Medisave balances what you do in 3 months. But we know they work 12 hours a day and oh yes, their pittance contribution to Medisave collectively helped in some way to pay for your heart by-pass treatment which cost you only S$8 in cash personally. With no minimum wage, the elites have no idea the poor are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

“If you can’t afford chicken, you can always eat fish” came from our very own President Halimah Yacob. At the personal level, I think she is a fine lady. But surely it is difficult to differentiate the president’s quote from the queen’s “if the people cannot eat bread, let them eat cake”.

Such disparaging and contemptuous remarks, unfortunately, are’nt exhaustive. I could continue, example “How much do you want? Do you want 3 meals in a hawker center, food court or restaurant?” from Minister Vivian B, or “Everybody has a car. We have two — we are professionals, we need to travel” by defeated PAP candidate Kok PK. Or the unkindest cut from President Tony Tan to ex-Minister of State for Education the good Dr Tay Eng Soon, not to waste money on the “lost causes”, those low achievers in the Technical Training Institutes. The streets of tree-line elitist conclaves are littered with such derogatory apathetic stones thrown at the poor.

Our times are’nt very different from the French Revolution – economic uncertainties, rising costs, resource shortages, disappearing jobs, big government, a shrinking middle class. All leading to a growing angst against those that governs and those that monopolises wealth. History has shown that the display of contempt by the upper crust elitist aristocratic, the bourgeoisie class, on the proletariat worker class, did’nt end well for them in the 1790s as the French Revolution went into its excesses.

In reality, the quote in original French was “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” which means “Let them eat brioche”. For tax purposes at the time, there were 4 categories of bread. The cheapest basic bread was called the ‘le pain paysan’ (‘pain’ is bread in French, pronounced as ‘pan’). The next tier is called ‘brioche de marchand’. Brioche is made with eggs and butter. To protect the poor, the basic bread was subsidised at regulated price. With pegged prices lower then production cost, bakeries dropped this product and sold only the next 3 tiers of bread. As basic bread disappeared from shelves, the queen suggested people eat the next cheapest bread, the brioche. Marie Antoinette was simply in sync with liberal demands for free enterprise and less government market intervention.

If Marie Antoinette did in fact utter that quote, then the French Revolution could well have chopped off the head of a queen who shared the same liberal ideologies as the baying crowd on 16 Oct 1793 at the place known today as Place de la Concorde. A most cruel irony for the queen to end up on the guillotine.

The lesson for the day is avoid callous “let the people eat cake” kind of statements. Whilst it may be manifestly reasonable to ask people to eat market-priced cakes, it is more palatable if the message comes with more empathy.

 

Pat Low

* Article first appeared on Chempost.

 

 

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21 Responses to “Will PAP Let The People Eat Cake?”

  • Fire:

    You miss something .

    He’s illiterate, seriously, how did he get into RI?”

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Hello Pat Low,
    My master never stop anyone from eating cake.

    As long as you got money, you can always eat cake.
    You can even buy the whole cake and share with others.

    And fcuk it, if you are really rich, you can even every day 3 meals eat cake with different women companion like this ROC Democratic Health Minister.

    無罩嗨唱45秒片瘋傳!陳時中認了還原經過
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSaCIGOVw98

    一带一路;共军侵入
    one belt one road, Communist invasion on the road

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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  • WhatWenAroundWillComeAround:

    the guillotine will come back, according to eschatology.
    subversion has been around long, thanks for the history lesson.

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  • Stop the PAP Steal:

    How about the Mighty Concealer (about the Trace Tgther – ignorance can get PAP Politicians Out of Jail it seems so. Or bail them of the COP kind, only axed on Oppos) – the POOR in SG JUST have to make do with hawker centre food. (What then is the PURPOSE of NTUC buying Kopitiam FOR EXAMPLE? Whose money is used?)

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    WE find it very funny that many people talk as if the pap is going to rule forever.

    These folks who talk about pap mostly are talking about the pap bad, truthfully of course.

    Yet, reading between the lines, it is as if these folks want pap to rule forever. It is like the permanent itch. You scratch it, wanting it to go away and yet hoping that it won’t go away.

    ffff.

    Make up your minds. If you want pap to rule forever, talk only about OPPO. If you want pap to go, then, want it seriously, so serious that you won’t stop until pap is gone.

    Who are we talking about?

    To start, that Simon guy who posts often in TRE. Probably this simon never fails to end each post with THINK. We just shake our heads because we can tell this simon isn’t using his head at all.

    Who else?

    The obvious ones are the pap PA paid IBs. You can tell them from a mile away. There are also the subtle ones who forever mouths something bad about pap and always qualifying with the rejoinder prefaced by BUT, pap is also this good and that better.

    That is why we always say nobody did it better than Mr Mao Tzetung. Russians say Lenin was better. hahaha. good try. Lenin talked only. Mr Mao Tzetung did it.

    That is why China is the best country to live in on earth in 2022. Russians say Russia too. We don’t know much about Russia. But we do say China, for sure, is a better place for any cotton sheep than pap island. pap PA paid IBs say, are you sure?

    hahaha.

    Just think. Any cotton sheep in China can at least an audi. This is for sure. No cotton sheep, or not many of them, can even VW in pap Singapore. Not even Hyundai. This is truth.

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  • Trust only myself:

    The liars let people eat shxt……where got eat cake.

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  • Gerrard:

    The caption should be “Let them eat Sai” . This is Sinkapoor, where got so Good unless you are the valued Foreign Thrash

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  • xoxo:

    Probably,THEY let you EAT GRASS.
    If run out of grasd,they make you EAT SAND?

    HAPPY AGEING,for common sgs?
    Sure,HAPPY AGEING CLEANING TOILETS OR COLLECT USED CARDBOARD LITTER as a form of *excercise*???
    Wonder,how come ESM Goh nor LKY took up the *good form of excercise*?

    They think they created A Shangri-La for common sgs especially the older citizens.
    WORK TILL DROP DEAD OR ELSE,*Go and die*?

    We have no problem RAIDING RESERVES TO BUY N GIVE *CAKE$* TO THE RICH N POWERFUL N FTs(never mind these FTs FAKE DEGREES,skill-set more important?) BUT we cannotgrant AID TO NEEDY sgs like impoverished senior sgs as IT WOULD INCREASE TAX BURDEN FOR our YOUNG!
    BUT,NO PROBLEM TO RAID RESERVES TO GIVE TO RICH sgs and FTs to *SAVE job$*???

    Ministers,HENG KIA,FARK U ALL VERY VERY MUCH.
    I WILL GIVE MY VOTE to you…r fall!

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  • opposition dude:

    Oh the number of condescending quotes from PAP is enough to fill up volumes upon volumes of encyclopedias for a start.

    “We do what we think is right, never mind what the people think”

    We have also been likened to dogs peeing here and there, once in 50 years floods, oops, I mean ponding, PONDING! Upturn the downturn said one smart alek, Singaporeans are free riders said one sore loser after the last GE.

    And the first PM also said that his party decided to tell people how to live their lives, who their neighbours were and where to spit. A certain former Foreign Minister from Aljunied also once said to “Know your place in society” or something to that effect.

    Last but not least, REPENT! You might have forgotten this little word but you won’t, ever, NEVER forget who uttered it as long as you live!

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  • Lost touch:

    When the elite lost touch with reality of the poor…it is the beginning of the end.
    Learn from History.

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  • Pappies eat sheeples' cakes:

    “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains. Those who think of themselves as the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than the others… Everything is good as it comes from the hands of the Maker of the world, but degenerates once it gets into the hands of men …. Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces. What wisdom can you find greater than kindness?”

    - Jean Jacques Rousseau, 18th cent.: “Discourse on the Origins of Inequality”

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Good examples to illustrate how disconnect the ruling party is with the people. Remember KBW’s boast of paying only $8 for his heart bypass?

    Anyway, the Pap keeps it short and simple: Let the People pay 2% more on GST starting this year.

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  • Qui?:

    Good. Then let the bodies hit the floor. Accelerate the collapse of this sick society, for it will bring about the change that you cowardly plebs so desire.

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  • do not consume or purchase:

    //My master never stop anyone from eating cake.//

    can also say that white monkey idiots and gang also never stop people from NOT paying Gee-Ass-Tee lor ?? just do not consume or purchase anything from sinkie land lor ??

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Eat cake…? Heh. More like make us choke on salt and boiled leather, more life.

    And Singaporean R Free Riders, do us all a favour and eff off. You can join your dead king and his rooster eaters in a grave.

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  • Harder Truths:

    New big data study of 145 countries show COVID vaccines makes things worse

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/10/new-big-data-study-of-145-countries-show-covid-vaccines-makes-things-worse/

    “..In other words, we were lied to

    The vaccines are making this worse, not better. This is why we are not getting ourselves out of the hole. Mandating vaccines are making this

    This is hardly the first study to reach those conclusions. These studies, all done independently, found the same thing—the more you vaccinate, the worse things get…”

    Soon…very soon…(if not already) … we shall see for ourselves the outcome of 90%+ vaccinated.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Let’s have another one!!

    Bhakdi/Burkhardt pathology results show 93% of people who died after being vaccinated were killed by the vaccine

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/10/bhakdi-burkhardt-pathology-results-show-93-of-people-who-died-after-being-vaccinated-were-killed-by-the-vaccine/

    Summary

    The vaccines are bad news. Fifteen bodies were examined (all died from 7 days to 6 months after vaccination; ages 28 to 95). The coroner or the public prosecutor didn’t associate the vaccine as the cause of death in any of the cases. However, further examination revealed that the vaccine was implicated in the deaths of 14 of the 15 cases.

    The authors did an autopsy in 15 patients who died (from 7 days to 6 months) after receiving the COVID vaccine. These were all cases where the coroner ruled as NOT being caused by the vaccine.

    They discovered that in 14 of the 15 patients there was widespread evidence of the body attacking itself, something that is never seen before. The heart was attacked in all 14 cases.

    The most attacked organ was the heart (in all of the people who died), but other organs were attacked as well. The implications are potentially enormous resulting in millions of deaths. The vaccines should be immediately halted.

    No need to worry. It is doubtful that anything will happen because the work wasn’t published in a peer-reviewed journal so will be ignored by the scientific community. That’s just the way it works.

    Also this video recommended by ex-Pfzir boss

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/fHIT55iM4Zv9/

    The video references this paper, posted on December 10, 2021:

    https://doctors4covidethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/end-covax.pdf

    Happy Days Are Here Again!
    Believe The Leeders And Be Saved!!
    Get Your Vaccine Shot Today!
    Hurry Hurry Hurry While Stocks Last! Huat Huat Huat!

    PS Don’t Forget Your Free Gift (Coffin Voucher).

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  • Stop :

    The MASSIVELY money BLOATED PAP STRONGLY DENY poor people opportunity for meals at restaurants

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  • Billy ma:

    That PAP ong talks a lot but says nothing.

    Or rather all that he talks about has zero value to the current situation.
    He’s talking for talking sake.

    And he seem to think nobody has access to or read from news from all over the world.
    In fact, the entire PAP has this same mindset that Singaporeans are basically dumb & ignorant.

    Wake up your idea PAP.
    Pockets full, but empty brain & hollow talk.

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  • Fire:

    Hmmmm………

    Billy ma:
    That PAP ong talks a lot but says nothing.

    Or rather all that he talks about has zero value to the current situation.
    He’s talking for talking sake.

    And he seem to think nobody has access to or read from news from all over the world.
    In fact, the entire PAP has this same mindset that Singaporeans are basically dumb & ignorant.

    Wake up your idea PAP.
    Pockets full, but empty brain & hollow talk.

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  • Calvin, the carnivorous turtle:

    Lol, this “gaffe” – pandering to the ubber rich and well connected. However, it’s clearly the message THEY wanted to hear. And was, in fact, well received. no?. I dare say exactly the same thing – to my audience du jour. ” Let them eat CRUMBS instead of cake” Is it not? hahaha…….

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