Archive for August, 2010


Why can’t Al Megrahi just hurry up and die?

August 21, 2010

I like to imagine that whenever any ambitious politician gets their hands anywhere near the levers of power, there is a small rite of passage through which they must first go. They are taken away somewhere (could be a private dining room at a restaurant, could be a lightless cell), and there somebody shows them a list of subjects and explains the position thus:

“Everything on this list is a huge can of worms. Whatever you do in your political career, you must avoid these subjects. If you are unable to avoid them, here is what you need to say and the line to which you must, at all costs, stick. If you fail to do this, your political career and maybe other things will end, right there.”

And, of course, the politician is sensible and does just that.
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