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: LondonNet Comment
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Clinton Hoist by His Own Petard
Comment by LondonNet Editor David
These were the words that greeted unsuspecting visitors to
London's Leicester Square this weekend: "Hi. We're from
American television. Could you tell us what you think of the
Bill Clinton situation?"
Nice to have you in town, guys, but where were you when it
Why wait to ask what we think when the issue in hand is what
a distant leader does with the most private parts of his anatomy?
When Clinton is up to something that has public reverberations
all over the globe, such as sending the killers into Afghanistan
and Sudan, or standing idly by while the world economy teeters
on the brink of collapse, American TV crews aren't exactly queuing
up to garner our choice words.
But let's not be too hard on the media's obsession with individuals
over policy. Clinton has brought it all on himself. Not so much
because the leader of the West couldn't keep himself out of Monica's
north and south* but because he has been instrumental in individualising
the whole area of social policy and politics, a strategy he has
unfortunately passed on to cooing lickspittle Tony Blair, our
own Prime Minister.
Clinton's contribution to progressive political thought has
been to sound egalitarian by pushing conservative, middle class
ideas of individual responsibility down to the lower orders.
In other words he has connived in cutting welfare. Now the man
who thinks the rest of society should be run by rewarding talent
and effort and penalising sloth and idiocy wants us all to forgive
the fact he was a bad husband, a bad lover (surely the only man
to offer sore knees as an excuse for lack of performance) and
a bad liar.
Abide by your own meritocratic strictures, Bill, give those
knees a rest, and stand down. Al Gore might not be good copy
for TV crews hoping for expenses paid trips to London, but at
least his lack of personality might just force the news hounds
to focus on the big issues and might give your party a chance
to win the next presidential elections.
* Cockney rhyming slang for 'mouth'.
15 September 1998
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