2014 minus 50: November, always the month of MRD

Posted: 12 November 2013 in life, don't talk to me about life, politics, world
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Well, to be fair, it’s always the month of MRD Syndrome, but I’ve noticed over the past few years that for whatever reason, it’s particularly prevalent in the penultimate month of the year.

Now it’s also fair to say that barely anyone reading this has a clue what MRD Syndrome is. Some might, but very very few. And that’s a pity.

So, what is it? What is MRD Syndrome?

Well, some years ago, I helped run a UK Politics Forum on CompuServe. There may be some people reading this who remember CompuServe, and even one or two who remember that they encountered me first there…

And, despite the Forum being a large part of my online activities at the time, I’m sorry to say that I no longer recall when, or who said it, someone first 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 even having 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 contagious at the moment. The following are just from the BBC, this week:

Prime Minister attacks Labour’s NHS record in Wales

Npower boss dismisses forfeiting bonus as ‘gimmick’

Tories defend EU referendum plan amid Labour blocking efforts

Murder ‘must not besmirch Royal Marines’, Cameron says

Iran blames Western powers for nuclear talks failure

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


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