political ambiguity

It’s the first time in decades that I’ve been in the UK for a general election, and I’m finding all this uncertainty absolutely fascinating. Maybe the fact I don’t have to live with the aftermath – at least not as a resident – helps.

I liked this quote from the BBC lunchtime television news today:

[The Liberal Democrats] must decide who they want to govern.

In normal speech, at least, that is delightfully ambiguous, and conjures the idea of the Lib Dems keeping their coalition partners, whichever party they might be, on a very short leash.

Technically, that interpretation probably demands the use of “whom”, but how many of Britain’s electorate would distinguish the grammatical forms?

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Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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