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December 05, 2006

Alan Watkins on Our Polly


Ms Toynbee, by contrast, is in favour of taxing not only the rich but virtually everyone. She wishes to follow this course not only to provide for the poor (as, after all, Mr Gordon Brown does) but for the good of their benefactors' immortal souls. As John Calvin was the prophet of capitalism, so Ms Toynbee is the patron saint of welfareism. Though I knew her late husband Peter Jenkins better (1934-92), I have always regarded her as occupying a position somewhere between that of an old acquaintance and a good friend.

But she is not on the left politically, even if she has attached herself to a variety of causes in her time. She possesses a strong element of knowing what is good for people rather better than they know themselves. There is a whole luxury of example to be found among the women of the English upper-middle classes, of whom Beatrice Webb was only one example.

More than a mere fragment of truth in that methinks.

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I have always regarded her as occupying a position somewhere between that of an old bat and a good-for-nothing.

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 5, 2006 3:13:07 PM

I think Watkins was an old drinking chum of Jenkins, and that Toynbee disapproved of this.

Posted by: james C | Dec 5, 2006 4:18:51 PM

Mrs Dutt-Pauker the Hampstead thinker.

Tim adds: That's the bunny!

Posted by: Little Black Sambo | Dec 5, 2006 7:02:23 PM

Thank god for that! You know I was starting to have anxiety attacks that I had stopped knowing what was good for me. The relief to know that Polly is at hand to run my life and empty my bank account.

Posted by: towcestarian | Dec 5, 2006 11:17:36 PM