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July 10, 2007



Our plesance here is all vain glory
This fals world is but transitory
The flesh is bruckle, the Feynd is slee
Timor mortis conturbat me.

William Dunbar, Lament for the Makars.


While we're at it:
"We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns."


I still the the best riposte is to Blair's remarks is that of Col. Thomas Rainborough:

"I think the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live as the greatest he; and therefore truly, sir, I think it's clear that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government."


Blimey Chris for a minute I thought you were going to give us Kipling's "If"

Spot on with the comments. The quote shows TB thinks government is something you do to the people, not for the people, and certainly not about enabling people to do things for themselves.




"We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns"

Like the Bud people say - True.

Bob B

Campbell's transparent skills have been rather misdirected in the course of his illustrious political career and I feel sure he could have served his country - and very likely the Labour Party too - far better if he had had the opportunity to build on the early talent he displayed for writing pornography. But then, as Tony Blair famously said of him: "I'd like to think I have hired the best in the business, I hope I have, of course."

Freddie Sirmans

Just browsing the internet, very interesting blog


Well done Chris.

Workshy Fop

Absolutley. Campbell would do well to remember that the main impact he has had on most people's lives is that he inspired 'The Thick of It', which provides more benefit than he ever did.

Normal people just don't think about Campbell that often - you'd have to be a real monomaniac to agree with the level of importance he ascribes to himself.

chris strange

Looks like Tony Blair had a thing for Nietzsche; "Trivial people suffer trivially, great men suffer greatly"

Mike Artherton

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