Maria Miller knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. #wato
— David Drew (@DavidEDrew) April 24, 2013
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 Wildeâ€™s play Lady Windemereâ€™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 Windemereâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 Â£120 billion per annum, the equivalent of Â£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 Labourâ€™s sentimentalists are simply not the right choice for our country.