Quote of the Day

1 February, 2011

One of the language-usage blogs I follow is “You Don’t Say” written by the Baltimore Sun’s self-styled “moderate prescriptivist”, John McIntyre.

Today he has this: “No one would have taken greater joy in the tea party phenomenon than Henry Mencken, who reflexively distrusted all True Believers but found their antics hugely amusing. I myself am happily awaiting the discovery, already beginning to dawn in Washington, that campaigning is comparatively easy but governance is hard.”

For some reason, I immediately though of Sinn Féin when I read the (so true) last phrase.  How great it must be to have the luxury of making bold assertions about how the country’s problems can be solved, in the knowledge that they will not be in Government after the next election.

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