November 08, 2003

The Fascist Octopus Is Joined by an Outriding Dog

British Politics finds another example of a mixed metaphor that maxes out the scale:

Ian McCartney's article in the Guardian today.... "Howard is far from an unknown quantity. He was the Thatcherite outrider - the dog of war charged with unleashing the poll tax when she was in office, and with keeping the flame alight once she had departed. " An outriding dog of war unleashing taxes with a lit flame? It does sound rather scary. Send his special adviser back to the thesaurus.

So is this or is this not better than the fascist octopus spreading its bat-wings and singing its swan song?

Posted by DeLong at November 8, 2003 04:21 PM | TrackBack


Yes, slightly. But perhaps both, and making for another perfect pasty for Blair to work over.

Posted by: VJ on November 9, 2003 02:34 AM


This is pretty good, but the Fascist Octopus will always hold a special place in my heart.

Posted by: MDtoMN on November 9, 2003 06:53 AM


Trying to stamp out mixed metaphors is as futile as taking arms against a sea of troubles . . .

Posted by: rea on November 9, 2003 10:45 AM


A Fascist Octopus spreading bat wings is clearly someone's description of Cthulu, uttered while running away quickly...

Posted by: tavella on November 9, 2003 09:05 PM


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