My regular reader will be aware that I frequently link to articles written by the excellent Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent.
On this occasion, however, I am reproducing a section of the column published in today's Indo written by one of his colleagues, Ian O'Doherty, who in a few short paragraphs, gives the increasingly ridiculous and nauseatingly pious Angelina Jolie a richly deserved and wildly overdue fisking.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...
Suffer the little people
With a new movie to promote, the Pakistan disaster couldn't have come at a better time for Angelina Jolie.
Having never met a disaster she didn't like, Jolie was quick to head off to Pakistan -- in full, fetching, repressive head gear, natch -- to show the peasants that they might be starving, dying of cholera and typhus and suffering from chronic dysentery, but at least they can take succour from the fact that Lara Croft has deigned to use them as backdrop in a photo-shoot.
According to her: "I am very moved by them and I hope to be able to do something to help bring attention to the situation for all of the people in need in Pakistan. This is not just a humanitarian disaster; it is an economic and social catastrophe."
And, indeed, she is right.
Although her perch on the moral high ground is rather lowered by the fact that she has just splashed out $40m on a giant pad in Italy ...
How many of her beloved Pakistanis could have benefited from that type of money?
Answer -- probably none, because most of the aid money is being filtered away by corrupt politicians or the Taliban.
But hey, if it makes Angelina feel good about herself, that's all that matters, right?
Hear, hear, Ian.