May 03, 2008

My felicitations to

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. Despite my preference for isonomy over democracy, I must say the golden boy done good.

My scepticism over democracy is as nothing to that of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. She was one of the luvvies whose views the Guardian's Zoe Williams naively appended to an article telling people to Fear the Hair, apparently under the impression that these endorsements would gain Ken Livingstone votes. Ms Westwood's contribution:

Boris as mayor? Unthinkable. It just exposes democracy as a sham, especially if people don't vote for Ken - he's the best thing in politics. Unthinkable."

Now that the voters of London have chosen Fear the Hair and Do It Anyway, I fear we must bid farewell to "Arabella Weir, actor and writer", "Blake Morrison, writer" and "Diana Melly, writer." Adieu.

Posted by Natalie at 08:17 AM

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That was a post for which I forgot to press "publish" a few days ago.
Posted by Natalie at 07:35 AM

April 28, 2008

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In the future, everyone will be respected for fifteen minutes.

The trouble with Simon Blackburn's quips is they are each around a hundred words too long to be funny:

"The belief that everyone deserves equal respect and that anything else is discriminatory and elitist. The truth is the exact opposite: discrimination is a virtuous activity and elites are to be admired. The very few human beings who are good at anything, whether football or playing the violin or writing or painting, form an elite and deserve respect for their excellence. Other people either deserve sympathy for trying and failing, or should be ignored if they have not even tried."

Chris Bertram, linking to Norman Geras, thinks Blackburn shouldn't get all bent out of shape just because he's not David Hume.

And for those of us who should be ignored, here's Wikipedia on "15 minutes of fame."
Posted by Natalie at 06:02 PM