Andrew Mitchell

The Andrew Mitchell soap opera drags on, showing two things: How accustomed this age is to the hypocrisy of the so-called political correctness, so that nobody much cares about top politicians telling mere rank-and-file police they’re scum, provided they later apologize, but a real battle can be fought about whether or not a particular deprecated word was used. And how little human mentality changes, for almost a century has already passed since G.K. Chesterton wrote in The Flying Inn about a certain secretary: “The same modern spirit that taught him to loathe such rags, also taught him to lie about his loathing.”
 

ETA 2/12/14: Still, there is a bit of satisfaction in the news that the judge finally trusted an common working man rather than a professional liar top politician, probably effectually ending the stuck-up git’s career.

 

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