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A party for holding the jackets but not for the actual fighting

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ACCORDING to the author of the Book of Revelation a special place in Hell awaits those who swan through life seeking always to back two horses. The version carried in the King James Bible, which always adds a wee edge to its hermeneutics, couldn’t be clearer. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” It will always be in my top three biblical stories along with the Marriage Feast at Cana where Jesus provided an unlimited quantum of free booze for the guests and any parable that contains wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments.

Those who seek the centre ground like to be regarded as “statesmanlike” and “objective” and possessed of a degree of common sense and wisdom. Yet by not being particularly for anything presumably they are not particularly against much either.

We’ve all encountered them: people who insist on seeing both sides of the argument and then body-swerving any decision one way or another. They like to think that such caution gives them a sphynx-like status amongst their peers. They believe themselves to be citizens of a lofty plain far above the wretched and obscene bickering of the masses. Yet, underpinning their sense of aloof disinterest are the same grubby motivations that fuel the ambitions of those they would disparage: the pursuit of money, power, influence and fame.

Those of my acquaintances who define themselves as Conservative defend their political choices by arguing that by first acquiring wealth you are then in a........

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