"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cleggmania and the Return of the Lib-Lab Pact

EXTRACT: "Paradoxical though it may seem to some, a Labour inability to form a government in its own right - a Brown defeat, if you like - could be viewed as the ultimate confirmation, or fulfilment, of Tony Blair’s explicitly stated project to totally reconfigure ‘centre-left’ politics and heal the divisions between the anti-Tory parties. In fact, quite perversely, Blair was a Labour leader who thought that the very formation of the Labour Party was a tragic mistake. Thus he made his true feelings apparent during the 1997 Labour annual conference, when in a speech he expressed his admiration for Keynes, Beveridge and Lloyd George - commenting that “division among radicals almost 100 years ago resulted in a 20th century dominated by Conservatives” - something never to be repeated, presumably. Rather, Blair wanted “the 21st century to be the century of the radicals”. In other words, the split of the trade unions from the old Liberal Party and the establishment of a party representing the independent interests of the working class was a foolish error and one that needs to be rectified - as quickly as possible. Perhaps the Blair project can now finally begin for real."

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