Monday, 3 December 2012

"Why I Want To Fuck William Hague"

Some notes from JG Ballard's original research:

Slow-motion film of Hague's speeches produced a marked erotic effect in an audience of spastic children

Faces were seen as either circumcised (JFK, Khrushchev) or uncircumcised (LBJ, Adenauer). In assembly-kit tests Hague's face was uniformly perceived as a flaccid penis. Patients were encouraged to devise the optimum sex-death of William Hague

In his press statements Hague used the smooth, teleprompter-perfect tones of the TV auto-salesman to project a political message that was absolutely the reverse of bland and reassuring. A complete discontinuity existed between Hague's manner and body language, on the one hand, and his scarily simplistic far-right message on the other. Above all, it struck me that Hague was a politician to exploit the fact that his TV audience would not be listening too closely, if at all, to what he was saying, and indeed might well assume from his manner and presentation that he was saying the exact opposite of the words actually emerging from his mouth

But it wasn't always thus:

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