November, already the month of MRD…

Posted: 6 November 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, to be fair, it’s always the month of MRD Syndrome.

And to be even fairer, barely anyone reading this has a clue what MRD Syndrome is.

Some years ago, I helped run a UK Politics Forum on CompuServe. At one point, and I no longer recall when, or who said it, someone responded to a comment with “MRD.”

For anyone British, while the initials didn’t immediately mean anything, the explanation was simple: Mandy Rice-Davies, who uttered one of the most recognisable political quotes of the mid-twentieth century.

A figure in the Profumo affair, while giving evidence at the trial of Stephen Ward, (charged with living off the immoral earnings of Christine Keeler and Rice-Davies), the latter made a famous riposte. When the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her, Mandy Rice-Davies replied, “Well, he would, wouldn’t he?”

That became thereafter, on the forum, a standard response not only to politicians’ statements of the bleedin’ obvious but for when anyone made one.

But taking a look at the news recently, MRD Syndrome does appear to be particularly prevalent at the moment. The following are just from the BBC, today:

Labour leader Ed Miliband says the protest at St Paul’s Cathedral and others are “danger signals” and reflect the concerns of millions of people.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander says some unions are “desperate” to take industrial action over changes to public sector pensions.

The Treasury should pay the £5.5m bill that councils face for altering parking meters to accept new coins, the Local Government Association has said.

Ruth Davidson, upon being elected Leader of the Scottish Conservatives – who have long ceased to be an important party in terms of Scottish Politics: In her victory address, Ms Davidson said Scottish Conservatism was “alive and kicking”.

Tell me, honestly – don’t they all make you think “Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?”

  1. […] so often, I’ll mention on this blog something entitled MRD Syndrome. You can click on the link to learn more about it, and examples of it, but to save you the time, […]

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