Wednesday, November 28, 2007

They Never Learn



A poet I love is Phillip Larkin and this terse and yet poignant evocation of a dead love that still cannot relinquish hope is a favourite .The small tragedy of knowing to ask is pointless and asking anyway uses a Parliamentary metaphor which must be a rarity .
It sprung into my mind when I read this on the Coffee House blog about a funereal PMQ`s today.

“It is becoming pitiful to hear Brown return to his bleat about Black Wednesday, minimum wage, low interest rates, yada, yada, yada. It is like R2D2 running into battle armed with nothing but a war cry. He later mentioned floods, foot and mouth and terrorism in his defence. How far away those days seemed now..................”( Fraser Nelson)

“Since the Majority of Me
(P Larkin)


Since the majority of me
Rejects the majority of you,
Debating ends forthwith, and we
Divide. And sure of what to do

We disinfect new blocks of days
For our majorities to rent
With unshared friends and unwalked ways.
But silence too is eloquent:

A silence of majorities
That, unopposed at last, return
Each night with cancelled promises
They want renewed. They never learn.”



Brown is becoming a pitiable figure for a Politician that is the end whether he admits it or not

6 comments:

mutleythedog said...

I have said several times that I feel sorry for him - but I am an old softy. Wouldn't vote for him if he were the last man alive of course.

Newmania said...

I pity him too Mut

Ed said...

Not only is he collapsing in the minds of mad-keen political geeks, he has also got "loser" stamped all over him in the minds of normal people too.

Any PM who has to hark back to 1992 really is clutching at straws. Oh yes, and let's not forget that Brown was up for ERM too.

Newmania said...

let's not forget that Brown was up for ERM too.


I never do. I think you are right there Ed I always go by non combatant Mrs. N`s views and she has turned against him. Its amazing how much the odour of loser matters to the general public whatever the reasons might be .

Good Mathew Parris article about gaffes and when they are seen to be gaffes in the Spec on this sort of subject

Newmania said...

let's not forget that Brown was up for ERM too.


I never do. I think you are right there Ed I always go by non combatant Mrs. N`s views and she has turned against him. Its amazing how much the odour of loser matters to the general public whatever the reasons might be .

Good Mathew Parris article about gaffes and when they are seen to be gaffes in the Spec on this sort of subject

Philipa said...

Brilliant post.

I like M.Parris's stuff too. His autobiography is good as well.

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