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June 20, 2008


Matt Cain

I often find myself in agreement with what you write. However, to suggest that it is only possible to engage in proper debate if you are a blogger - and that politics is incapable of such debate - is foolish. You've also failed to provide supporting evidence; something for which you'd be quick to criticise others.


I'm not saying politics is incapable of producing intelligent debate, merely that the probability of it doing so is low - lower than you get on the better blogs.
And I do think we should err on the side of counter-hegemony here. There are too many people who equate blogging with the half-wit comments left at CIF. Why shouldn't we counter this by claiming that proper blogs represent the high ground?

james higham

Shocked by your last paragraph, Chris - have to completely agree.

a very public sociologist

Lol, who constitutes the "proper blogs"?


My explanation to the paradox lies in the difference between being content and happy, where contentdness is about past and present fulfilment, while happiness is about future fulfilment.

Someone starving who know that he will get fed tomorrow will be not content but happy; someone well fed who know that it won't last will be content but not happy.

If rich people feel miserable may be because being content does not imply being happy, if expectations for the future are uncertain or lower, even if purely on a material level.

Bishop Hill

Maybe it's just that everyone Tom Harris speaks to is suddenly overcome with a fit of depression. It must happen to a lot of politicians.


A story to support Blissez's claim.
A chap was giving a lecture on sexology. He asked his audience: "how many of you have sex more than once a week?"
Hands went up.
He asked: "how many have it 2-3 times a month?"
More hands went up.
He asked: "how many have it once a month?" Fewer hands were raised.
Finally, he asked: "who has it once a year or less?"
Just one hand went up, from a man grinning widely.
The lecturer asked: "why then are you so happy?"
He replied: "Because it's tonight."

true religion outlet

Do we really want our schools and hospitals to be run like a typical branch of PC World or Sainsburys?
Instead, he says, what matters are than the services be well run - in particular, that they “get the right people on the bus”, people of ability and motivation.
In this respect, asdfhospitals and schools have a huge advantage over many private sector jobs.

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