—Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
If you are afraid of something, you should know that the cause of your fear is something within, rather than outside, you.
One senior Conservative MP describes Mrs May’s method of government as “valiant pugilism”. Rapid decision-taking and parliamentary dealmaking are things to which she is particularly ill-suited.
— The Economist, in ‘Missing: the British government’
“It’s a fantastic skill, her ability to do nothing,” says one of her former cabinet ministers, almost admiringly.
In his earlier incarnations in politics, Mr Gove always played Jeeves to an Etonian Wooster. Now the Woosters have imploded and Mr Gove is his own man.
— The Economist, in ‘Michael Gove, moderate maverick’