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What a phenomenally bad speech by Michael Martin.

He hadn’t done his homework. He looked and sounded like a man out of his depth. And he had the chutzpah to insult his audience with a, “Look - it’s not me, it’s you” argument.

I find it incredible that someone under such vicious fire should respond with such a weak defence.

Posted by Simon Lancaster on May 19th, 2009 :: Filed under Argument, Politics

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Maxim-um power

Maxims have a strong ring of authority built in. When they are used in speeches they tend to be accepted without challenge, no matter how wrong or fallacious their reasoning. The fact that they are maxims means they must be true.

Today, everyone is repeating the old Heseltine maxim that “he who wields the knife never wears the crown“. But doesn’t history prove that’s rubbish? Wasn’t it Brown who finished off Blair in the coup of September 2006? Wasn’t it Menzies Campbell who assassinated Kennedy? And wasn’t it Margaret Thatcher who stuck a dagger in Ted Heath’s back?

Perhaps a more suitable maxim for wannabe assassins might be “The killer takes it all…

Posted by Simon Lancaster on May 5th, 2009 :: Filed under Argument, Metaphor, Politics

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