Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Quote of the Day: Politics itself is the cursed paw …


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“And then election policy announcements started getting a little strange…  [like they often do when politicians start talking policy. It’s like the] old folk tale: A couple asked the monkey paw for £200; their son was killed in an industrial accident and the company paid them £200 compensation. They then wished their son’s return but thought better of it on hearing something shambling in the darkness towards their door. Their last wish sent it away.
    “Politics itself is the cursed paw. Voters wish for things they think they want, politicians promise to deliver and what comes out at the end is often as horrifying as that unseen thing that shambled in darkness.
    “Be careful what you wish for in elections. It can be hard to wish it away.”

~ Eric Crampton, from his post ‘Cursed Policy Wishes

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