Janan Ganesh on the Ian Duncan Smith resignation, a comment by Political Observer

Is there noting like Mr. Ganesh in high dudgeon? It is an exhilarating rhetorical experience dotted with pop culture references, though light years from Disraeli’s Vivian Grey: an instance of post adolescent poking fun? Mr. Ganesh means to be wounding, but his contempt for the political uses of the Ian Duncan Smith resignation, that Mr. Corbyn has made of this political opportunity, falls short. Has Mr. Ganesh’s long advocacy of the politically eternal Tories come to one of its many denouements? That might be predicative of political change? The questions that might have resulted from this single political occurrence, and the conjectures that might have come of it, are given a strategic burial under Ganesh’s avalanche of entertaining, yet transparent,rhetoric.

Political Observer


4:17 PDT, Tuesday March 22,2016

I have just read this FT editorial, titled ‘Welfare cuts cannot only fall on the working poor’  Call it tepid, it is after all the FT, but indicative of a fundamental policy disagreement:


Followed by George Parker’s essay titled ‘UK minister Duncan Smith’s departure sows political chaos’


Mr. Parker makes these three startling political claims:

‘When Iain Duncan Smith quit as Britain’s pensions minister on Friday, it was perhaps the most explosive resignation in the country’s politics for more than 25 years.’

‘Not since Geoffrey Howe resigned from Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet in 1990 — a move that precipitated the end of the Iron Lady’s tenure as prime minister — has a senior minister left office with such a calculated attempt to sow political chaos

‘Writing in the Financial Times, Bruce Anderson, a political commentator, described Mr Duncan Smith’s departure as not just a resignation but a suicide bombing.’

Without foreclosing  further debate on the questions that these essay provoke/raise, might we use these, the serious nature of the claims, as a means to examine  Mr. Ganesh’s extensive use of pop culture references,to sharpen the focus on these references ,as the rhetorical vehicle to trivialize the resignation of Mr. Duncan Smith as politically unimportant?  Which raises the question, might a re-examination of  actual, rather than the speculative causes of that resignation, precipitate a shattering of Mr. Ganesh’s Tory Faith?

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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