The Ludovic Kennedy interview in Yes, Minister
- Ludovic Kennedy: Your party is looking for a new leader and your name’s been mentioned a few times.
- The Hon Jim Hacker MP: Oh. Quite a lot, I believe. But no, I’ve no ambitions at all in that direction.
- Ludovic Kennedy: So you definitely won’t let your name go forward?
- The Hon Jim Hacker MP: Well, Ludo, all I’ve ever wanted to do is serve my country. I’ve never sought office. But if my colleagues persuaded me the best place to serve it from was 10 Downing Street, I might perhaps reluctantly be persuaded to undertake the responsibility whatever my own private wishes might be.
It’s funny how all of the 1980s politicians now look more like their Spitting Image puppets now than they did back in the day.
If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
Remember those old Mister Magoo cartoons where the doddery old bald guy would blunder around various locations, leaving chaos in his wake while constantly insisting ‘I’m on vacation’?
The US prosecution of Dotcom and his former business Megaupload is symptomatic of the excesses of copyright enforcement. It has been improper and unjust in a number of ways. Dotcom himself is kinda fun to have around. But I don’t think we should fool ou[r]selves into thinking that either of those things makes his grand ideas for content creators in any way fair or sustainable.
Creativity is not a process, right? It’s people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it. They keep thinking about something until they ﬁnd the best way to do it. It’s caring enough to call the person who works over in this other area, because you think the two of you can do something fantastic that hasn’t been thought of before. It’s providing an environment where that feeds off each other and grows.—Tim Cook
Creativity Not much to add to this, found by my friend and colleague John Caswell.