Over at Troppo Armadillo, Wayne Wood, discussing Beazley’s contribution to a defence conference, says
Well he would say that wouldn’t he ? (wasn’t that first said by someone else that had something to do with Profumo ?)
This immortal line was indeed first uttered by Mandy Rice-Davies, who is now, I discover, a grandmother living in the United States.
I’ve often thought that a great deal of space could be saved if utterly predictable false statements by politicians and others were replaced by the simple notation MRD. For example, when a political leader is asked whether they are concerned about his or her followers plotting a spill, any response other than “Yes, and I plan to get them before they get me!” could just be reported as “MRD”.