Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stupidity of Mankind Knows No Bounds and August Is Its Flowering; Columnist

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stupidity of Mankind Knows No Bounds and August Is Its Flowering; Columnist

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Byline: Keith Hann

AS I have pointed out before, making no claim to originality, August is the polar opposite of the silly season.

Throughout history, it has been the month when crises traditionally came to a head and wars broke out.

In the northern hemisphere, this makes simple, practical sense. The harvest has been safely gathered in to feed the troops and the ground is nicely firm to facilitate swift advances by cavalry or tanks, in the age-old hope that it will all be over by Christmas (though it so rarely is).

So far August 2011 looks true to form. The conflicts bubbling away in the Middle East may not set off World War Three before September (though it is never wise to make such predictions, just look back on all the embarrassed luminaries who confidently asserted that "there will be no war" in the summers of Britain is not being led by 1914 or 1939).

one should bath, let alone But in the potential default of the United States government on its debts, we have an economic cataclysm in waiting that could yet have us all back to wearing animal pelts and smearing ourselves with woad. (Not so very different from the current scene on the Bigg Market of a Saturday night, now I come to think about it).

Or at least significantly reduce our chances of eating unless we happen to own a patch of land or keep a handy supply of gold bullion under our mattress.

The news bulletins are proclaiming that catastrophe has been averted as I write, but there are still halfwits on both sides hankering to snatch economic meltdown from the jaws of sanity and salvation. Which at least prompts the comforting reflection that Britain is not alone in being led by people no one should trust to run a bath, let alone a country. Everywhere, the higher up the ladder of authority one climbs, the greater the apparent incompetence of those in charge.

I often read perfectly sensible comments from parish councils. …

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