The Knife is not a fan of Barack Obama, but this is frankly incredible:
He said he saw parallels with Mr Obama and the Labour leader: “A compassion for poor people, a desire, deep desire to create change … I think they exhibit the same interior.
…The softly-spoken Mr Graf uses the Greek terms for measuring time; chronos – “9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, how you measure numbers” and kairos – a “special time” when circumstances and leaders collide. “Martin Luther King took the kairos moment, Obama had a kairos moment and he didn’t take it,” he argues. “He could have challenged the financial markets the way Roosevelt did but he didn’t take it. I think Ed has a kairos moment to win this argument.”
That’s former Obama adviser Arnie Graf talking to the FT. I suppose Ed is paying his wages now, but this delusional stuff shows just how bad things are.
The other quote is a little older, but apt for the profligate behaviour of the last 15 years that has destroyed our economy. Possibly apt for expensive Hogmanay street parties too:
We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last aspect a rather common one.
That’s Pip talking in the utterly magnificent Great Expectations. Published 150 years ago.
Some things will never change.