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Why should Kofi Annan’s death cause us to forget how bad at his job he was?

Failure falls upwards.

  • Dominic Green
  • Spectator

We’re supposed only say good things about the dead—‘De mortuis & c.’, as one of John Buchan’s heroes manfully abbreviates it.

It’s an ancient superstition, apotropaic and illogical.

<> on September 13, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

I’m with the Archdeacon in Anthony Trollope’s The Last Chronicle of Barset: the taboo is ‘founded in humbug’, so why adopt the ‘everyday decency of speaking well of one whom one had ever thought ill’?

The deceasedness of the deceased means we can say what we really thought of them.

It’s not going…

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