Can you tell which is which?
One was an Italian opera composer (a stranger to writer’s block, he wrote The Barber of Seville in three weeks) and gourmand. Quote unquote:
One can’t judge Wagner’s opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don’t intend to hear it a second time.
The other is a New Zealand left-wing columnist and blogger (and a fine singer too). Quote unquote:
Perhaps Labour could be saved if, like the ancient Romans, they were willing to install a dictator to “save the Republic” from its enemies (in the case of Labour’s membership that would be themselves!) someone capable of turning the party into a lean, mean electoral machine.
Except, of course, Labour’s never going to do that. Which is why so many people are telling me “Labour’s finished” – and why, regretfully, I’m agreeing with them.