Watchmen and Breaking Bad spent less than a minute discussing where “Ozymandias” and “Heisenberg” came from. Some heroic examples include Wonder Woman and the Martian Manhunter, as opposed to villainous examples like Venom and Carnage. Batman is named after a bat even though his powers aren’t actually bat-related. For example, Rorschach is mentally unstable, unpredictable and a psychiatric case.
(Unless bats are secretly master ninja-scientist-detectives. That’d go a long way to explaining how the bats trapped in my attic have survived this long, actually). The Taxman Must Die has a mutant alligator named Agent Orange that is helpful and (probably) safe for humans. A name which sounds like it might actually be a given name (e.g. There might also be some symbolism to the name picked (e.g.
No spending figures, no projected tax revenues, nothing.
No surprise, then, that ten days ago the man who wrote that book was unable to answer a simple question about how Britain would pay for his multibillion- pound spending spree.
The foreign country he mentions most enthusiastically is Venezuela.
But responsibility means compromising with financial reality, and that is something Mr Mc Donnell is completely unprepared to do.
For careful readers, though, there are clues to Mr Mc Donnell’s values in his book.
Every now and again, amid all the pious flannel, his language lurches into the fire and brimstone of the hard Left.
After the Budget, Mishal Husain on Radio Four’s Today programme asked him eight times to tell us what his massive spending would cost in extra debt interest. But in politics, as in so much else, the devil is in the detail.
In Mr Mc Donnell’s case, the metaphor could hardly be more apt.
Ozymandias is acutely aware of human limitations/mortality, which also happens to be the main theme of the poem Ozymandias).