The headline I catch sight of momentarily across the train is “Blair was like Louis XVI”. The paragraph I read next in Jay Griffiths’s Tristimania:
“The nineteenth-century scholar Paul Lacroix visited Versailles and found an old man living there, with white hair, surrounded by old furniture, old pictures, old knick-knacks and a multitude of relics in the fashion of Louis XVI . . . it was Marie Antoinette’s fool.”
A simple paragraph that contains a novel. Read alongside the newspaper headline it conjures Alastair Campbell, Blair’s fool, the trickster spin-doctor barely hidden in Malcolm Tucker in the series The Thick of It.