Wish I’d Said That Department, London Edition

Westminster and the punditocracy is abuzz today about the delicious political gossip revealed in the Daily Mail. Excerpts from a new book by Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre include accounts of political infighting and attempted palace coups in the history of New Labour.

Given the talent of British journalists for phrase-making, it’s truly a distinction to come up on the spot with the best quip about all this. And the award goes to…Janet Daly of the Telegraph: “As so often in public affairs, a collection of essentially boring people has managed to produce a truly dramatic series of events.”

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

2 thoughts on “Wish I’d Said That Department, London Edition”

  1. Not bad, but avowedly non-specific. It’s a facet of the universal paradox of politics, captured also in the aphorism “show business for ugly people”.

  2. I don’t know that I’d believe all the stories. Perhaps a group of boring people produced boring events but dramatizing journalists retold them as a dramatic series of events.

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