October 06, 2005

Plain speaking

As reported by Richard Norton-Taylor in the Guardian of 9/29/05, in a story on the appointment of Sir Richard Mottram as "the prime minister's top security and intelligence adviser":

Sir Richard put it more succinctly. He is said to have told a colleague [about a 2001-02 mess in Whitehall]: "We're all fucked. I'm fucked. You're fucked. The whole department's fucked. It's been the biggest cock-up ever and we're all completely fucked."

Passed on to me by Victor Steinbok, who characterized Sir Richard's forthrightness as "one of the best lines of recent British politics".

Note that the Guardian, unlike some other papers I could name, doesn't shrink from printing Sir Richard's remarks without any avoidance characters.

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at October 6, 2005 08:17 PM