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From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said Ford. "It is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"
"What?"
"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"
"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."
Ford shrugged again.
"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."
"But that's terrible," said Arthur.
"Listen, bud," said Ford, "if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say 'That's terrible' I wouldn't be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.”

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Date: 19 April 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
ringthebells: picture of a bell (Default)
From: [personal profile] ringthebells
Ah, wow. Douglas Adams was certainly insightful.

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Date: 19 April 2017 06:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rogin
Any chance in hell that May will face a backlash over Brexit? Any at all? How can people still vote for thos destructive lunatics?

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Date: 19 April 2017 08:57 am (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
Yeah, I've been thinking about that quote a lot in the past year :-(

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Date: 19 April 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (cat)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
:-(

(Just when you keep thinking things can't get worse...)

But Douglas Adams still = <3 at least. I had to make myself rewatch City of Death for research purposes recently. Such a hardship...

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Date: 20 April 2017 08:37 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (doctor who)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Oh, that reminds me btw, have you been able to watch any more of those classic DVDs I lent you? (And it's okay, I'm not demanding them back or anything; I'm just curious, especially as to what you'll make of the Five and Six serials I sent you. If you watch those ones, of course, since you didn't actually ask for them!)

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Date: 20 April 2017 07:18 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Oh, cool. I shall look forward to reading your thoughts! I hope you enjoyed them overall, though - and you've at least got a couple more Doctors under your belt now.

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Date: 20 April 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
If you enjoyed them, that's all that matters! <3

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