With the news full of statements and retractions by prominent Westminster politicians in both the Commons and the House of Lords. I remember something my father wrote in a book of mine on my first day at grammar school, knowing that I was something of a chatterbox. His words, indelibly imprinted in my memory,
‘It’s better to shut your mouth and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.’
I can’t help thinking there are a few in the Lib Dem party who wish they’d done just that!
Similarly, the politican whose wife listened to a friend in the legal profession and forgot another favourite of my mother who impressed upon me,
‘For fear your lips should make a slip, three things observe with care;
To whom you speak,
Of whom you speak,
How, when, and where.
A still tongue and a bitten lip may be painful and frustrating, but a lot cheaper than ‘taking a wolf by the tail and going to law’ where the only winners are the lawyers and the legal profession generally, with a possible jail sentence awaiting the whistle-blower.