b) Mr Osler on China.
c) Hak on an anti-imperialist joke
d) More Ken.
I picked a good moment for the inaugural Popinjay post here, in which I argue (in summary)....
- Ken is, in so many ways, the nearest thing that any British politician has come to perfection
- ... but it would not be defensible for a democratic socialist to vote for him because of his fatal flaw
- This illustrates an important point about democracy. It's not just about effective administration
An interesting question arises from the thread though. If you won't vote for Ken, who will you vote for? One commenter offers Tatchell as a (Green) candidate. And while I think he is a great man, I would no more vote for him than I would for Ken. Ken is a capable political manager of a city. His stained soul, however, leads him to advocate policies that are damaging to the whole of society.
Tatchell is, as far as I can see, the opposite of Ken in both regards (and I expect that PT would agree with me on this point).
e) Cameron is the Tories' Kinnock.
f) The end of an era.
g) Fuck it. If no-one else will link to this Donkey / Hotel Room / Galway story, I will.
Now take the rest of the weekend off. I've got Huddersfield at home to look forward to. I think I'll watch it on Teletext.
(Donkey story - hat tip: Will)