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"Always give yourself credit for having more than personality"

Great is the amusement chez Fawkes at the appointment of musician Brian Eno as an adviser to Nick Clegg, but no-one seems to have marked the possibility that Eno (IMVHO, a genius) might choose to employ the Oblique Strategies.

These are a set of 100 cards, "Each...contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation". And for why? "These cards evolved from our separate observations of the principles underlying what we are doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be used as a pack (a set of possibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if it appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident."

The headline quote, naturally, is an oblique strategem (#37), and was the first to come up when I randomised at the Oblique Strategy page.

Other possibilities include 'breathe more deeply', 'do we need holes?' and what must have been his campaign strategy: 'Do nothing for as long as possible'. However, I am holding out for this card: 'Look closely at the most embarrassing details & amplify them'.

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Blogger hatfield girl said... 9:01 pm

My card said:

change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:31 am

I think Clegg could save himself a lot of effort by forking out the £30 the cards cost at Eno's webstore.  



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