July 13th, 2010

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Daniel Davies, in a reply to a comment on his D-Squared Digest blog:
I think I've always been consistent on this apart from a few moments of rage, we do need to accept that the fact that loads of people belive that they have very real concerns about immigration means that there's something going wrong with our system; specifically, in my opinion, that our system doesn't look after the working class very well at all. The fact that neoliberalism and globalisation aren't delivering the goods for the working class is a genuine problem that politicians genuinely need to address, but they need to address it properly. That doesn't mean playing anti-immigrant politics, any more than having the medical profession do something about poor doctoring means handing out fish oil pills. But similarly, I don't think the Tom Friedman approach of just repeating that "globalisation brings benefits to all" works either.

Favorite line: "Fatso has taken offence to this".


Park owner Malcolm Douglas said the man had been "stupid"

The BBC reports:
A drunk man who climbed into a crocodile enclosure in Australia and attempted to ride a 5m (16ft) long crocodile has survived his encounter.

The crocodile, called Fatso, bit the 36-year-old man's leg, tearing chunks of flesh from him as he straddled the reptile.

He received surgery to serious wounds to his leg and is recovering in hospital, police say.

He had been chucked out of a pub in the town of Broome for being too drunk.

The man, who was not named by the police, climbed over a fence and tried to sit on the 800kg (1,800lb) saltwater crocodile.

"Fatso has taken offence to this and has spun around and bit this man on the right leg," Sgt Roger Haynes of Broome police told journalists.

Malcolm Douglas, the park's owner, said that the crocodile was capable of crushing a man to death with a single bite.

"The man who climbed the fence was fortunate because Fatso was a bit more sluggish than normal, due to the cooler nights we have been experiencing in Broome," said Mr Douglas.

"If it had been warmer and Fatso was more alert, we would have been dealing with a fatality."

"No person in their right mind would try to sit on a 5m crocodile, Saltwater crocodiles, once they get hold of you, are not renowned for letting you go."

The man staggered back to the pub bleeding heavily.
The Telegraph adds:
The incident took place at the Broome Crocodile Park in Western Australia. It is understood that the man was a visitor to the region from the eastern states.
Video link here, as the embed code seems to work on DW but not on LJ.

ETA: The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
Mr Douglas told 6PR Radio the man was a "destitute drifter" who had previously spent up to five nights in the police lock-up for drunken behaviour at a tavern. Mr Douglas also found a bottle of beer inside one of the crocodile pens.

The man had to scale a three-metre boundary fence lined with barbed wire to get inside the farm.

Police spokeswoman Julie Hansen said 80-year-old Fatso had been the man's second choice, after he earlier broke into a compound containing two crocodiles.

After failing to get the attention of the female crocodile he then climbed into Fatso's crib, she said.
The Australian adds:
Mr Douglas said..."He managed to stagger back to the tavern. He must have been in a hell of a lot of pain, because crocodile bites are horrific."

But it is understood the man was calm and more interested in another drink than getting help.
Fatso was reported to be doing fine.