I’m afraid I don’t do Twitter. Life is too short for hourly spats or the latest Trump eruption. So I learn via John Ivison that a senior advisor to the prime minister last week tweeted in response to concerns about the current fiscal situation that: “Austerity shrinks the economy further, costs jobs and is out of step with global reality.”?
Yes, he did actually use the word “austerity,” as in “austere,” synonyms for which (I do use the web) include: severe, stern, strict, harsh, unfeeling, stony, flinty, dour, grim, cold, frosty, frigid, icy, chilly, unemotional — all of which, as it happens, are also Liberal synonyms for “Tory.”?
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There are times when the word “austerity” would be appropriate, when belts really do have to be tightened, though at such timesunemotionalism usually has little to do with it. Quite the contrary: in 1939-45 a strong motivator was patriotism, the very emotional love of one’s country.?