Arthur C once pointed out something along the lines of \”when an elderly and distinguished scientists says something is possible, he\’s usually right, when he says something is impossible he\’s usually wrong\”.
Best my memory can do on the quote.
But how should we reformulate that for politics?
The leaders of Italy and Greece have resigned and the eurozone appears to be on the brink of breaking up, but Lord Heseltine has lost none of his faith in the single currency.
“We made a great mistake in not joining the euro,” the former defence secretary told a gathering of the Conservative China Group at the Palace of Westminster. “It would have been good for Britain.”
To gasps of incredulity, he went on: “All my political life, we have suffered in this country from a vile disease called inflation.
“Every government, regardless of political stripe, takes the soft option and devalues our currency. If we had joined the euro, the Germans would have forced us to be more competitive. I am telling you this country needs to become more like Germany. We should still join the euro.”
No, it isn\’t that in his dotage this politician is barkingly wrong.
He\’s had these views for decades, he\’s been wrong all along.
So, how do we reformulate Clarke\’s Law for politics? No, lines that include \”their lips moving\” aren\’t quite right, we know that one.