Thursday, July 07, 2022


Let's see, I have been aware of, and impressed by, Rory Stewart,  academic, diplomat, author, former soldier, and former politician, since 2011 (passim) and read his book The Places In Between in 2014.

Thus I have been following The Rest is Politics Podcast that he does with Alastair Campbell practically since it started, for all that Campbell is something of a bête noire of mine.

The latest episode "British scandals, global recession, and Elvis" is above. I post it as a warning and a sign. It was recorded before Rishi Sunak's and Sajid Javid's resignations so in the middle of the BoJo & Co (I just made that up, good innit?) frenetic implosion it sounds like a prim postcard a discreet maiden aunt might have sent in the 1950s. Truth be told though, it is all the long term better for that. “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” 

Got my own word of the day. "The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, variously signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death." Capitalize the B, switch an O for an I and we have ouroBoris; today's mot juste.

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