The Redemption Of Philian Twirlbatton And The Founding Of The Port Naain Society For The Promotion Of Virtue And The Elimination Of Vice.

Philian Twirlbatton‘S dilemma…

Tallis Steelyard

I confess to having a low threshold when it comes to tolerating sanctimonious hypocrisy. I suppose the fact that it is now, alas, ubiquitous, means that I am so constantly exposed to it, I barely notice it any more. So if it is not directed at me, I now no longer see it. I suspect that it is a defence mechanism I have developed without realising. Like the thick hide of the usurer or the politician’s inability to commit firmly to one side or the other of a sensitive debate, it helps keep me out of trouble.

Yet sometimes, this hypocrisy is gratuitously thrust upon me in a way I cannot avoid. In these cases I tend to react in verse. One can express oneself in a deliciously barbed manner, with a straight face, and rely on the notorious lack of humour that the sanctimonious display.

But it is the…

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