“SIR – I wonder whether you might have established some sort of record as the newspaper that most frequently tells its readers of its support for a smaller state whilst simultaneously endorsing candidates who espouse big government.”
“SIR – Your endorsement of Mr Obama and his policies for a second term reminded me of Samuel Johnson’s aphorism, that getting married a second time represents the triumph of hope over experience.”
- Letters to The Economist from Richard Thoburn of London and Hal Carroll of Hell, Michigan, respectively.
The original ‘Phoney War’ took place following Britain
and France’s declarations of war against Germany in 1939 and preceded the
Battle of France in 1940 (which of course didn’t last very long). Wikipedia
points out that Churchill called it ‘the Twilight War’ and others referred to
it as ‘der Sitzkrieg’ (the sitting war – a particularly off colour pun), ‘the
Bore War’ and ‘drôle de guerre’ (the funny war). There were no significant land
offensives. It was all just too quiet
on the western front.
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