Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
My favourite line about parliament is in Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and describes the Minister for Transport, Lord Metroland:
Besides, all this statesmanship and foreign policy had always bored him. In his years in the Commons he had always liked a good scrap, and often thought wistfully of those orgies of competitive dissimulation in which he had risen to eminence.
There's something lovely about "competitive dissimulation", and, as the preacher says, there is nothing new under the sun.