Alex Massie

Canute for President!

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New Hillary attack! "If speeches could create jobs, we wouldn't be facing a recession."

And as the old saw has it: "If ifs and ans were pots and pans, there'd be no call for tinkers."

Also: Does this mean Hillary Clinton thinks speeches should be able to create jobs? Or does she just regret the fact that hers can't? Would a mute President be best? (Well, yes, probably.)

(Granted, Obama is no better. He and Clinton both seem to be of the view that poor old King Canute's sycophants were right - the monarch really can turn back the waves. The oft-maligned Canute knew better of course and organised his famous demonstration to show the limits of his power. Would that any of the contenders for the Presidency of the United States could demonstrate such common-sense, humility and awareness of their limitations. Yeah, dream on...)

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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