Friday, 10 October 2008

Fools Gold

“The Chancellor and the Prime Minister have performed admirably and impressively over the last couple of days…” George Galloway M.P. Parliament, 8th October 2008.

About a hundred years ago, John Ruskin told the story of a man who boarded a ship carrying his entire wealth in a large bag of gold coins. A terrible storm came up a few days into that voyage the alarm went off to abandon ship. Strapping the bag around his waist, the man went up on deck, jumped overboard, and promptly sank to the bottom of the sea. Asks Ruskin: “Now, as he was sinking, had he the gold? Or had the gold him?”

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