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Monday, September 16, 2002

During the fast pew weeks, it has become almost de rigueur to include a Churchillian remark to justify invading Iraq, condemning terrorism or, most importantly, taking up blogging. Ever one to admit that I have been wrong in attempting to swim against the tide, I take up the cudgel and climb aboard the bandwagon

Firstly, I cannot agree with the dog-in-the-manger types who want to limit permission to quote Churchill. We urbane sages in the United Kingdom have no monopoly of wisdom and perspicacity. Why, I even remember the occasion when a New Yorker almost beat me at (the US version of) Trivial Pursuit. (Some determined arm-twisting may persuade me to divulge the margin of 6-1.) But there are stronger reasons for being more accommodating.

Churchill's mother was, in fact, American. Clearly, the Americans have as much right as we do to quote The Great Man. Perhaps it was his complex background that led him to say, words to the effect that 'Americans can always be relied upon to do the right thing, after having exhausted every other option'. May we read this quote from our transatlantic cousins more often, please?

Crucially, Churchill had a firm view on blogging:
Blogging is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a lover, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.
How right he was... [I have altered a word or two to make the quotation more acceptable to feminist bloggers.]

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