Monday, 22 March 2010

The lion may lay down with the lamb ...

The lion may lay down with the lamb .... but only one of them will get up again afterwards.

When Mandelson latches onto the zeitgeist and promises to get government off our backs, as he did in a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses in Aberdeen, you know he actually means that government will be ever more intrusive, ever more dictatorial and ever more of a burden. But he spins a brave lie, does Mandy;
A government off your back, but on your side

Let’s be clear, Britain needs to build a new growth model for the future. In a globalised economy we need to think about being pro-business much more as a partnership between business and government. The skills and infrastructure and science and technology that you leverage into jobs and growth are a critical part of our comparative advantage. And they don’t come out of the air.

And I’m pleased to be able to announce today a big new extension of the BusinessLink and Business Gateway services and their equivalents in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new system will for the first time make it possible to use one single website to find out everything you need to know to apply for an authorization or license for almost any services trade from architecture to hairdressing, and to make an application. More than 500 local authorities and bodies will be seamlessly linked into one system.

If anyone in the FSB actually believed that creating a one-stop direct link between them and Whitehall's central State command and control system will benefit anyone except Whitehall you would have heard the b'aaaaaahs by now.

6 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

"we need to think about being pro-business much more as a partnership between business and government"

He can just stop right there. It is precisely this sort of thinking that has held businesses back for so long.

Anonymous said...

at least he didnae mention back and side as one word

Scrobs... said...

"More than 500 local authorities and bodies will be seamlessly linked into one system"

Kiss of death.

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Anonymous said...

OK, I've resisted for three days, but I just can't help myself.

Lie with the lamb, it should be lie, not lay. Lay means something quite different.

There.

I feel better now.

Signed,

A. Pedant

Raedwald said...

Pedant, sir or ma'am

I suspect you're quite right. I've checked Isaiah 11:6 and indeed it says, even in the KJ version

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;"

In my defence there is an 18th C usage as in "As I lay me down to sleep .." and I can't actually recall, but suspect it may also be in usage in Anglian dialect.

Anyway, it sounded right, but was wrong.