Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Kofi and Cigarettes

"One good thing about [the UN building] is that you're allowed to smoke - exceptional in tobacco-free Manhattan. But even this is for a bad reason: not because of any healthy indulgence of sin, but because of an inability to impose rules. In a world where everyone is equal, no one is allowed to exert any authority. It's like Hitler's bunker at the end of the Second World War - people knew the obsessive anti-smoking Führer was dead and that all authority had collapsed because everyone was lighting up."

— From "The UN has its place, but does it merit a building?" by Harry Mount, in today's Telegraph. Harry's a friend, and his article's brilliant; read the whole thing.

More posts coming later today.