Heart throb actor Rob Lowe is quoted in last Sunday’s Observer as saying:
"You know, there's that great quote: 'If you're young and you're not a liberal, you have no heart. If you're older and not a conservative, you have no brain.' I started out being a really, really liberal Democrat. [That changes] as you get older and you have children and you get more life experience."
Is it just me that gets annoyed by the use of this brain dead platitude?
Winston Churchill is supposed to have stated that “ If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain."
However there is no record of anyone hearing Churchill say this and it does not appear in his written works. Furthermore it makes no sense at all because Churchill was a Tory at 25 and crossed the floor to the Liberals at 28 and remained there at 35. Furthermore he was a lifelong Imperialist without any evidence of youthful progressive vigor.
Lets face it, some people grow old, get tired, get disillusioned or increasingly comfortable and stop giving a toss. Can you please not bore us with your diminishing lack of imagination by repeating this tedious quote or even worse, some half arsed version of it.