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Brown went wilde in government

Gordon Brown must have read Oscar Wilde when he was studying as he has spent his entire career implementng one of his aphorisms in government:

It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes

For this reason, he will be remembered for a very long time

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4 comments to Brown went wilde in government

  • mac

    I never cared that Wilde was queer as a three dollar bill. The cited comment, however, has engendered in me a serious dislike for the man. I don’t give a damn who you are, you’re not entitled to be a deadbeat who effectively steals from others. No matter who you are, you do that and you lose the respect of decent people.

  • Laird

    Mac, you’re being unfair to Wilde. First of all, he was a humorist, and the epigram is definitely amusing. Second, the line contains no suggestion of either approval or disapproval, merely an observation of demonstrable fact: if you default on your debts you will be remembered. For good or (most likely, in such case) ill.

    I like it.

  • Paul Marks

    Wilde was an arsehole (NOT a sexual point).

    He was the classic “champagne socialist” – who taught (in his “serious” periods – which were all too many) a doctrine of egalitarianism. Whilst he lived the high life – and yes lived it whether he had the money to pay or not.

    After all who cares if shopkeepers suffer? Dirty little petty capitalists that they are.

  • Laird

    It’s still amusing.