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January 07, 2004



I only now realised that Paul Marsden is also a politician. Interesting.

Paul Richards

The soon-to-be-ex MP for Shrewsbury might do well to pay heed to Orwell's excellent advice, which appears a little later in the same essay:

'A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
What am I trying to say?
What words will express it?
What image or idiom will make it clearer?
Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

And he will probably ask himself two more:
Could I put it more shortly?
Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?'

with perhaps the emphasis on the last one.

David Duff


Is Marsden's prose worse than his poetry?

David Duff

Peter Bocking

This is what comes of bunking off the practicals at the Enid Doggerel Scool of Creative Writng.

Mike Wood

Due to a residue of Christmas spirit, I am going to be generous and suggest that this stuff was actually written by the same awful computer program (is there an antonym to árticifical intelligence such as artificial stupidity?) that must surely have written his poetry.

Mitch H.

"The jackboot is flung into the melting pot" is actually a pretty interesting visual image. I have a mental picture of a flaming, collapsing leather boot sticking half-way out of a crucible, a bright arc of molten ejecta still in mid-flight from the heart of the collision.

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