Wednesday 25 April 2018

Like the scorpion in the fable, Shatter just can't help himself

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

WATCHING Alan Shatter in action these past few weeks draws to mind the famous fable of the scorpion and the frog.

In that story, the frog, despite his fears, is persuaded by the scorpion to carry him across the river after the scorpion points out that if he stings the frog, they'll both drown. However, half-way across the river, the scorpion stings the frog, dooming them both. Just before they sink, the frog cries: "Why?" The scorpion replies simply: "It's in my nature."

And so it seems, at times, with Alan Shatter. He just can't help himself.

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