The post-revolution Brit constitution must allow for the the incompetence of its politicians – here’s a current example.
The quality of pols in the UK is strikingly low – there’s no Brit equivalent of a McCain or Guiliani, or even a Clinton. Instead we have the likes of Brown and Primarolo And this guy, pitching to run the closest Brits have to a Green party:
It is said that Nick Clegg is clever, charming and ambitious.
He speaks five languages – “six if you count human”, his friends like to boast.
He has a high-flying wife, two young children and a glamorous circle of friends – this week, he met Halle Berry at a premiere for Sam Mendes’ latest film, at school he acted opposite Helena Bonham Carter and in his youth he toured America with the Theroux brothers.
This paragon offers a radical policy initiative:
Drugs…he says must be much better controlled…
…he thinks legal drugs, including alcohol, should be included in any new classification system. If you’re interested in reducing harm, you need to revisit the spectrum of drugs, both legal and illegal and categorise them according to the evidence…
But here’s the evidence (my emphasis):
…in 1993, a study of 12,000 middle-aged, male doctors led by Sir Richard Doll and a team at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, found that the lowest mortality rates – lower even than teetotallers – were among those drinking between 20 and 30 units of alcohol each week.
The level of drinking that produced the same risk of death as that faced by a teetotaller was 63 units a week, or roughly a bottle of wine a day.
By 1994, five studies had been published which showed that moderate amounts of alcohol gave some degree of protection against heart disease.
A year later, scientists at the Institute for Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen, who studied 13,000 men and women over 12 years, found that drinking more than half a bottle of wine a day – 50 units a week – cut the risk of premature death by half.
So the paragon is just another control-freak buffoon looking for a minority to persecute.
But revolutions based on violence have a poor track record.
Still, it would at least clean up the gene pool.