The cat i' the adage

"The growth of knowledge depends entirely on disagreement" Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Steyn has last word

Mark Steyn in coruscating form.

If I understand the concern of the sporting world correctly, being a totalitarian state that's killed millions is no obstacle to hosting the Olympics, but going to a costume party wearing the uniform of a defunct totalitarian state that's no longer around to kill millions is completely unacceptable.


One reason why the English-speaking democracies were just about the only advanced nations not to fall for Nazism or Fascism is that they simply found it too ridiculous. Bertie Wooster's famous riposte to the Mosleyesque Sir Roderick Spode could speak for the entire anglosphere: "The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting, 'Heil, Spode!' and you imagine it is the Voice of the People.

"That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: 'Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?'" That's why British party stores stock Nazi outfits - because they're a joke, and we made them one. So when prissy Krauts want to ban Prince Harry's party gear they should go suck an old bratwurst.

I attempted to make this point myself, but for The cat i' the adage to be trumped by a reference from The Code of the Woosters (the funniest novel in the English language) would be particularly galling were it not for my humble admiration for Steyn's imagery and use of language.


At 18 January 2005 at 10:42, Blogger Jorgen said...

Indeed, and it is good to see that Steyn is still around.

I also like this part: "But, from his shabby Kerryesque opportunism on the war down, Mr Howard has no discernible coherent political philosophy - except for his all-pervasive authoritarianism, into which his repellent call for a display of princely contrition fits all too neatly." The next 100 days will hopefully show Howard convincing people that he is PM material.

At 18 January 2005 at 11:26, Blogger rexie said...

The comments on Howard seem fair to me, but I believe (and certainly hope) that he is better than he has appeared to date. The attack on Prince Harry didn't even have the political merit of siding with the majority.

By the way, I would find it very satisfying if someone could dig up old photos of Prince Harry's detractors in "inappropriate" (good PC word) fancy dress.


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