Daily Archives: November 21, 2007

Gideon Rachman

The great thing about British, as opposed to American journalism, is that in Britain you can get away with statements of monumental vagueness.Here is a fine example from this week’s Spectator. Norman Stone – a historian who once lectured to me (and others) at Cambridge, before emigrating to Turkey, via Oxford – is the author of this week’s Spec diary.

He writes that – "I have read somewhere that at the time of the Marshall Plan – announced when I was six in 1947 – we smoked 90% of our dollar earnings?" This statement prompts several questions: