Friday, 7 May 2010

never use one syllable where none would do

A lot of the news-article-related links that I used to put here are now getting put onto this work-related blog of mine, London News. This article from the Guardian's Comment is Free section, belief section, dated 5 May, which compares Clegg and Attlee and what they said about their lack of faith in interviews, for example, is there. But I wanted to preserve this little quote from it here:

Attlee, as Peter Hennessey has observed, had the habit of reducing interviewers to near desperation by the brevity of his replies. Douglas Jay, who worked with him in No 10, once said that Clement "would never use one syllable where none would do."