Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Supply-side politics

Theodore Dalrymple on The Dianafication of Modern Life:

In the orgy of demonstrative pseudo-grief that followed [Diana's] death, Mr Blair said that the people had found a new way of being British. Indeed so: they had become emotionally incontinent and inclined to blubber in public when not being menacingly discourteous.
…as prescribed and sanctified by politicians and the media, who are galvanized by popular vulnerability. Heck, even the Church of England is hip to the marketing plan.