Sunday, August 24, 2008

Nick Clegg and the silent comedians

I am probably the last person entitled to complain, but I can't help noticing that Nick Clegg is given to drawing badly outdated comic parallels.

On Friday he said:

"Charlie Chaplin could do a better job running the Home Office than this Labour Government."
And on Saturday it was:

"Frankly the Keystone Cops would do a better job running the Home Office and keeping our data safe than this government, and if this government cannot keep the data of thousands of guilty people safe, why on earth should we give them the data of millions of innocent people in an ID card database?"
At least "frankly" is of more recent vintage. It was Paddy Ashdown's catchphrase in the 1990s.

2 comments:

The Burbler said...

For those of us of a certain age, this is very reassuring. I am looking forward to a Clegg reference to "Fred Karno's army" - that would be marvellous.

Chris Black said...

Never mind politics, the Olympics is still on!

... I was expecting a post from you at some stage about Much Wenlock..... :)