Amol Rajan at The Independent has e-mailed me to tell me, in the politest possible terms, that rival blogger – Daniel Finkelstein – has already done a blog on “famous things that were never really said.” Irritatingly, his list is longer and funnier than mine – and shows more signs of diligent research.
The Finklestein list includes “Elementary, my dear Watson”; “Play it again, Sam” (I knew that one), Benjamin Franklin on death and taxes and Lenin on “useful idiots”. I always thought it was Stalin who called western communists “useful idiots”? Anyway, whether or not it was said, it’s a useful concept. Read more