Thursday, 16 April 2009

Ironic little echoes

Perhaps it will be seen as one of history's ironies that the dirty little scandal that finally undid the Brown government was of a piece with their being on the wrong side of history in the more rarefied arena of policy?

After all doesn't the McBride affair represent a failure of the centralised command-and-control model to work as low politics in the 21st century blogospere? Such a model is also surely doomed to prove outmoded as a way to arrange the contemporary state. And if Brown can be ascribed any theory of statecraft (or, less hi-falutin', modus operandi) then command-and control is a fundamental part of it.

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