The secret of survival in journalism is to think of one thing to say and go on saying it.
Here at Frankland Capital Corporation we’re delighted to see Tubby Black return to his Remington, following a 10-week hiatus in the UK.
We have concerns, however, that Canada’s Greatest Living Englishman might be losing his marbles.
Exhibit A: Tubby’s Sept. 6 epistle in the National Post, in which he excoriates poor President Steve:
“[Harper] is, as the British say, ‘all mouth and no trousers’ – the mouse that roared, a paper polar bear.”
That gibe provoked much titter and retweeting by Tubby acolytes such as Dan Gardner, the former Postmedia typist, and Wodek Szemberg, noted TVO crackpot.
They miss the point.
The line’s a recycle; it’s carbon Black, Tubby repeating himself—the first sign of senility.
Take, for instance, his Feb. 15 Post column in which he was again critical of Harper’s Tories:
“In defence spending, this government, in a British expression, has been ‘all mouth and no trousers.’”
And again in the National Review, July 2010:
“I think that, in the English expression, they are ‘all mouth and no trousers.’”
Black’s first use of the quip goes back to October 2002, in a column by his ventriloquist’s dummy, Mark Steyn: “If Mr. Bush is allowed to go his own way, this strategy of noisy impotence – all mouth and no trousers – will be exposed as a sham.”
Spoken like a true git.
Meanwhile, over at the Globe and Mail, Peggy Wente is also showing signs of early onset.
In a recent whitespace-buster on the joys of aging, La Wente was again recycling old shit:
“My boss has a book on her desk called Managing the Older Employee, which means me, I guess. I suspect it’s full of tips for how to motivate me and get me to use my cellphone.”
–Sept. 6, 2014.
“…my boss thinks I should have one, or at the very least a BlackBerry. She is 16 years younger than I am and she has a book on her desk called Managing the Older Employee.”
–Dec. 26, 2009.