Political

The misuse of ideology

The week before last I wrote about my dislike of the way the word “ideological” is used as if it were a self-evident insult, mistake and appalling blunder.

By chance,¬†The Economist‘s Lexington column shortly afterwards* took up the same issue, coining this rather neat turn of phrase:

Ideology is just a pejorative word for principles in which you happen not to believe.

* At least, I presume by chance. However, if Lexington does scour my blog for inspiration then expect shortly thunderous denunciations of over-zealous councils putting up signs warning us against everything or outrage at the Home Office employing a man to take bananas for a walk.

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