Saturday, February 03, 2007

It means just what Blair chooses it to mean

Alice in Wonderland"These days Mr Blair's answers in times of pressure have such a whimsical circularity that they are self-supporting structures — things are true because he says them. Consider the epistemological status of one of the pronouncements he made when the Iraq invasion had failed to uncover the weapons of mass destruction he had insisted existed. 'I only know what I believe,' he quavered to the Labour conference. The expression 'laughed out of court' seems hopelessly insufficient in the circumstances. One assumes a barrister attempting to advance such an argument would be offered psychiatric help." —Marina Hyde

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