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Look On My Works, Ye Mighty... [Feb. 20th, 2017|11:00 am]
Tony Grist
Investigations continue into whether former British PM Edward Heath was a paedophile.

I was explaining this to my mother and then wondered if she remembered who Ted Heath was.

And then wondered whether I remembered who Ted Heath was. I mean, really remembered.

Wasn't he the one who signed the Maestricht Agreement?  Or was he the one who wanted to sign it but got thwarted by the French? And what does any of it matter anyway after half a century?

He was an amateur musician and yachtsman who got to conduct vanity concerts and write vanity books about seamanship because of having once held office. He hung around the Commons, sulking about his vanished power and influence- like Jason haunting the beached wreck of the Argo. Eventually the figurehead fell off and biffed him on the head and that was that.  No-one ever mistook him for a likeable man.

On a day to day basis we act and react as if our politicians matter terribly when the truth is most of them matter very little- and are soon gone and forgotten, leaving a legacy of dust bunnies and little scrumpled bits of paper.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-02-20 11:09 am (UTC)
SCENE: The blasted heath.
- Better than the Infernal Wilson!

One of my favourite gags from I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-20 11:44 am (UTC)
Wilson had a degree of puckish charm. He was the one who gave the Beatles their OBEs.

Also he kept us out of Vietnam.

I remember him with a certain affection.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-02-21 01:42 pm (UTC)
I (and many thousands of others) will be eternally grateful to Wilson for the Open University. If everything else he did was forgotten, that one thing changed the lives of so many for the better.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-02-20 12:35 pm (UTC)
Applies to most of us, not just politicians!

Cheery thought. :-) (although I suppose it could be rather liberating - the idea that your biggest mistakes won't matter in the end, anyway... This too, shall pass).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-20 04:23 pm (UTC)
"the paths of glory lead but to the grave."
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-02-20 04:46 pm (UTC)
I like that. :-)
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From: cmcmck
2017-02-20 12:43 pm (UTC)
Offs! Are they STILL wasting time on that?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-20 04:29 pm (UTC)
Seems like they have a number of credible witnesses who say Heath messed with them.
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From: cmcmck
2017-02-20 05:01 pm (UTC)
I was abused by a teacher who is long dead.

It took me years to deal with that-you may even remember me posting about having finally come to terms.

I fail to see the point of opening that sort of wound again.

Edited at 2017-02-20 05:07 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-20 05:57 pm (UTC)
Not everyone feels like you, though.

Some want their abuser named and shamed so they can achieve closure. Heath's accusers (if they are telling the truth) are likely to be in that category.

Again, with someone like Heath, there's the question of setting the historical record straight.
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[User Picture]From: fflo
2017-02-20 03:18 pm (UTC)
My but you're philosophical today. My favorite sentence's "No-one ever mistook him for a likeable man."

I didn't even realize he went by Ted. Ign'ant Amurikin.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-20 04:31 pm (UTC)
The satirical magazine Private Eye- in reference to his middle-class origins- used to call him Grocer Heath.

Hence the chant-

Grocer Heath, Grocer Heath,
Where'd you get those frightful teeth!
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