Friday, March 12, 2004
The quotable Spectator
posted by Jonathan Calder |
I have not checked the exact wording, but Mr Paul Burrell quoted the Queen as having warned him: "There are forces at work in this country of which we have no knowledge."
This was an obvious mishearing on Mr Burrell's part. What she would have said was: "There are horses at work in this country of which we have no knowledge." This would be more consistent with what we know to be her main interests and concerns.
She would explain that these days the form book seems to count for nothing. A horse, of which we have no knowledge, at work within this country, can come from nowhere to do well at Cheltenham, entice punters like herself to chance an arm and a leg at Ladbrokes at its next outing, and then prove to be a spavined nag.
"Bullying" has become an indispensable part of this decade's political lexicon and something which, like paedophilia, we can all become terribly worked up and angry about, quite out of proportion to its actual occurrence.
As the Tories' mass membership dwindles to a residue of the elderly, the sweet, the bored the sad, the lonely, the obsessive and the mad, the point is being approached when proof of previous enthusiasm for the Conservative Party ought to count against an applicant for inclusion on Central Office's approached list of would-be parliamentary candidates.
All taken from The Quotable Spectator, distributed with the magazine 12 March 2004