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Everything Old is New Again

Posted by JJ in Vague Check (Saturday June 10, 2006 at 7:28 pm)

Those of you with memories greater than a goldfish might recall Liberal leadership candidate Joe Vople’s trouble with tots.

Well, Mr. Volpe has decided to put that all behind him. In a rigorous process,

he’ll start reviewing all donors to his campaign and their ages

This, he claimed, was a new ethical standard, and one that other candidates should live up to.

But really, is:

  • A man is known by the company he keeps

all that new a standard?

Those of you with memories greater than a goldfish might recall that Aesop fellow who wrote a bunch of fables. Clearly Mr. Volpe doesn’t. But it’s nice to see candidates in this race catching up to the ancient Greeks.

Clearly, this isn’t one of those “fresh, new” ideas we’d been promised. But if just one candidate can get as far as classical antiquity, there’s a chance the party can come up with a 21st century vision. Isn’t there?

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