Boris and the erosion of the rule of law…

“the British constitution is a fragile fabric of conventions, age-old rules and precedents with no clear framework to determine what applies when, and by whom it is decided. So far, it has worked according to the “good chaps principle”, that is, the assumption that politicians with moral integrity would interpret the essence of this muddle correctly. The British are ultimately dependent on the goodwill of the government they have elected. A prime minister who deliberately chooses not to adhere to the rules and spirit of this unwritten constitution, or who even seeks to actively undermine its principles, is an unforeseen circumstance with no effective remedy.”

The politics of lies: Boris Johnson and the erosion of the rule of law

These things are worth writing down clearly so that everyone knows the rules that they’re playing to.

 

Rumsfeld dies…

“America’s worst secretary of defense never expressed a quiver of regret.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/how-donald-rumsfeld-deserves-be-remembered/619334/

Two of the best documentaries ever made are The Fog of War and The Unknown Known.

After seeing both, I was left with the enduring memory of one Secretary being an intelligent man who had learnt massively during a life of service.

The other, Rumsfled, came across as a class clown who became a politician because nobody else would have him. Obsessed with his own intelligence and wit, he destroyed almost all he touched.