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Started by DesEsseintes on Nov 16, 2020 4:00:31 PM
My Anneliese is like the stars that please the night

Labour's shadow chancellor

marx out of ten

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breakfast - 21 Nov 2020 13:14:16 (#24 of 33)

He was called McDonnell though.

mingmong - 21 Nov 2020 13:16:13 (#25 of 33)

oh yeah.

breakfast - 21 Nov 2020 13:18:12 (#26 of 33)

Anneliese Jane Dodds (born 16 March 1978) 

God, politicians are getting younger these days.

breakfast - 21 Nov 2020 13:19:31 (#27 of 33)

They all used to be a lot older than me.

mingmong - 21 Nov 2020 13:29:20 (#28 of 33)

Its impossible to seperate that fact (IMO) from the impression that politicians are all getting more light-weight look as though they're making it up as they are going along

No doubt politicians like Dennis Healy and Lord Carrington actually were, in some objective way, more substantial and serious people than say Ed Milliband or Dominic Raab. But did they necessarily seem that way at the time, or were unfavourable comparisons made (by the equivalents of me and breakfast) with the likes of Stafford Cripps or Derick Heathcoat-Amory?

Shadrack22 - 21 Nov 2020 13:31:51 (#29 of 33)

Only Tangent will know and he is far, far away.

mingmong - 21 Nov 2020 13:33:40 (#30 of 33)

I wonder if he has some kind of metaphysical weighing device in his study, by which he can evaluate the relative significance of say Priti Patel vs Cecil Parkinson

Shadrack22 - 21 Nov 2020 13:50:01 (#31 of 33)

I’m sure he does.

Patel contributed to Britannia Unchained, so presumably there is a thought out ideological framework there, however flawed and objectionable. I’m not aware of Parkinson having pondered much. My memory is that he was regarded as a lightweight back in the 1980s.

Sunfish - 21 Nov 2020 13:55:17 (#32 of 33)

“if I goose this secretary will I get away with it?”

guigal - 22 Nov 2020 00:35:41 (#33 of 33)

the impression that politicians are all getting more light-weight

It's a Darwinian adaptation to the demands of the electorate. Trump showed the way.

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