When I saw the comments of Maria Miller regarding the arts having to make an economic case being reported I wondered who would be the first leftie to partially quote Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windemere’s Fan. I think the prize goes to ex-Labour MP for Stroud David Drew. The left used this quote throughout the eighties and into the nineties. It was tedious then, it sounds very retro now. I guess we will have to put up with it for a while yet. Apparently Drew is the PPC for Stroud. Long may the unread Drew remain ex.
The full dialogue from Lady Windemere’s fan goes like this:
LORD DARLINGTON. What cynics you fellows are!
CECIL GRAHAM. What is a cynic? [Sitting on the back of the sofa.]
LORD DARLINGTON. A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
CECIL GRAHAM. And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing.
Is Miller is a cynic? I don’t know. With the deficit still running at a rate of about £120 billion per annum, the equivalent of £4,000 a year for every taxpayer in the UK, there is still pain to come and we probably need the Millers of this world. Drew and the rest of Labour’s sentimentalists are simply not the right choice for our country.