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July 31, 2005

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dearieme

' “useful idiots”, a phrase Lenin is said to have used of liberal apologists for extremists (but never did).' Of course, Jenkins can't possibly know whether Lenin used it or not. He didn't use it in writing, and no-one has found, for example, contemporary diaries recording its use, but he might have said it nonetheless. It's consistent with his attitudes. Perhaps we should accept that it's part of the Hadith of Lenin? In contrast, you'd bet against Wellington's having made the remark about the playing fields of Eton, because it's inconsistent with his attitudes.

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