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Freemium mobile game Clash of Clans is perhaps best known for its enthusiastic use of celebrity endorsements in its advertisements, which have starred Liam Neeson, Christoph Waltz, and James Corden. Joining this star-studded lineup is one-time vice chancellor of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, who reportedly spent between €2 …

  1. iron Silver badge

    "Freedom Party"

    You just know they're going to be anything but.

    Much like Democratic People's Republic...

    1. Paul Herber Silver badge


    2. JimboSmith Silver badge

      To quote from Yes Prime Minister

      East Yemen is helping.

      Isn't that a democracy?

      People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen.

      Oh, I see,

      It's a Communist dictatorship.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      For those unaware

      The FPÖ was founded by actual Nazis after the end of the occupation of Austria. Unlike in Germany, which underwent a denazification process (and suffered a much longer occupation), Austria played the victim and sleazed out of any foreign interference by declaring themselves "neutral" (to be fair, there were advantages to both camps in allowing them to do that).

      Just like the original, its ranks are filled by people with a deeply entrenched and not entirely unjustified sense of inadequacy about themselves.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    These are interesting times

    I'm sure politicians are no more corrupt than they've always been, but it is quite interesting to see that getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion, and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences.

    I don't know how we're going to adapt, but things are changing in the way politics has become public.

    1. Long John Brass Silver badge
      Black Helicopters

      Re: These are interesting times

      I think you are right on this; However the kangaroo court of public opinion cuts both ways :/

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: These are interesting times

      "I'm sure politicians are no more corrupt than they've always been, but it is quite interesting to see that getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion, and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences."

      Yeah, consequences. Take a few lucrative directorships and stay out of the limelight for a few years, then all is forgotten.

      1. ridley

        Re: These are interesting times

        I am not entirely certain that even that is needed anymore given what was said during the recent election.

        At least in the past the politicians avoided answering the question rather than lying, now they just plain lie and no one seems to care.

    3. sbt Silver badge

      For every roach you see, there are ten more.

      When democracy leads to politicians being held to account, politicians focus on avoiding being held to account. If we're not careful, the more secretive and repressive regimes will thrive, whereas the democracies will be paralysed by scandal, point-scoring and partisanship. Spoiler: It doesn't go well.

    4. Mephistro Silver badge

      Re: These are interesting times

      Access to old videos, radio broadcasts and newspaper archives is, IMHO, the most useful part of the Internet for reining in politicians. Alas, that's a drop of water in the sea when compared to the effects of social media, fake news, finely targeted propaganda and human stupidity. 8^(

      1. osakajin

        Re: These are interesting times

        Tweets from yesteryear are the gifts that keep on giving.

      2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

        Re: These are interesting times

        "We have always been at war with Eastasia"

        More than ever the true is now subjective...

    5. macjules Silver badge

      Re: These are interesting times

      getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion

      I do hope that there are separate areas for crucifixion according to which court of public opinion you have condemned by. Would hate to see Conservatives crucified in the same area as Labour.

    6. Stork Silver badge

      Re: These are interesting times

      At the same time politicians seem to get away with a lot anyway. Pussygrapping and phonenicking does not have consequences (other sins available),

    7. harmjschoonhoven

      Re: These are interesting times

      When this proposition (withholding grain from Sicily from the people) came to the ears of the people, it excited so great an indignation against Coriolanus, that, on coming out of the Senate, he would have been killed in a tumultuary manner, if the Tribunes had not summoned him to appear before them and defend his cause. This occurrence shows, as we have said above, how useful and necessary it is for a republic to have laws that afford to the masses the opportunity of giving vent to the hatred they may have conceived against any citizen; for if there exist no legal means for this, they will resort to illegal ones, which beyond doubt produce much worse effects.

      Niccolò Machiavelli, Discorsi (1531), Book 1, Cap. VII.

    8. tiggity Silver badge

      Re: These are interesting times

      No consequences for UK PM, who has a graveyard worth of skeletons in his cupboard

    9. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: These are interesting times

      > and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences.

      In Austria's case, and to give them their due credit, it's nothing to do with the internet. People there, even the Nazis, still have a sense of honour in that if they get caught they'll usually own up to it.

      Unlike say, Mr Babiš in the Czech Republic or a certain Mr Johnson in the soon to be United Kingdom of England and (maybe) Wales.

  3. Blackjack

    Just think on how many games on Steam you could buy with that money...

    Heck, just how many Switch Lites you could buy with just shat he expended in a month in that money sucking game?

    1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: Just think on how many games on Steam you could buy with that money...

      Probably more than someone gets in wages in a month.

  4. gerdesj Silver badge

    vice chancellor

    A chancellor for vice. Did he run the Ministry of Fun?

  5. Martin Summers Silver badge

    I admit, I play Clash of Clans, please don't judge me. I'm not sure how the hell you'd spend that kind of money on it without completing the game almost immediately. Kinda defeats the object of it although I'm sure Supercell aren't complaining. I did always wonder who on earth would be nuts enough to spend a hundred quid on one of their packages, I guess I know now!

    1. Mephistro Silver badge

      Yep! The guy is a number at so many different levels that it's a miracle he isn't already interned in a mental asylum or serving time in prison.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Not sure "miracle" is the word I'd use though.

      2. david 12 Silver badge

        What I was thinking, but I wouldn't have put it like that. Life and Career collapse, he self-medicates with addictive self-destructive behaviour: drugs, alcohol, gambling, or, in this case, computer gaming. For that at least I've got some empathy and he's got my sympathy.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In App purchases

    Avoid, move on.

    1. TechnicalBen Silver badge

      Re: In App purchases

      Worse. Just seen an app I was using, and could have spent money on (was a "one time purchase, get everything on another game from the developer, and it was not everything, once bitten twice shy)... has been dropped and replaced by "version 2" which is even more a cash grab.

      Sad to see a nice indie game go down the drain for greed. Many many developers bitten by it.

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