Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My imagination having been dwelling in the magnetospheric intellectual realms of American politics for the past few weeks, this morning I plummet into the moronic mud that is Brown's Britain. Here is Jonathan Freedland's account of the Great Leader's latest initiative. No it is not April 1st. Seemingly Hal watches talent shows like The X-Factor, Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve a Problem Lie Maria? These shows are, of course, inspired in their heroic labours by the poet Gray's immortal insight 'Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.' What joy it would bring to the heart of Gray to now that we now have Andrew Lloyd Weber to bring us every blushing flower! And Hal has, indeed, also called on Gray's Elegy to explain his latest deep concern for the people of Britain. For Hal, these shows are all about 'unlocking talent' and, yes, that is to be the 'over-arching theme' of his new decrees - sorry, policies - in education and employment. Does anybody, anywhere believe this horseshit? Hal is rapidly making Blair look like Marcus Aurelius. It used to be said that Hal was a very bright man surrounded by bright young things. He isn't and they aren't.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:15 am