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The North and West have had, and still have, their full share of bladder humanity, but in the old Slave States there seemed to exist no end of blusterers, braggarts, windy, melodramatic, continually screaming in falsetto, a nuisance to the States, their own just as much as any; altogether the most impudent persons that have yet appeared in the history of lands, and, up to 1860, with the most incredible successes, having pistol'd, bludgeoned, yelled and threatened America into one long train of cowardly concessions.
In both cases, when the going got tough, the blusterers got out.
But wearing my hat as a communications professional of many years standing, I can only look at the way BMW and the Blair blusterers handled the whole affair and shake my head in astonished despair.
For they all have clout, economic clout which gives them political clout, and they are unlikely to be as patient or tolerant or democratic, as the authorities in this country, and give little succour to so-called human rights blusterers who go like Cyclops about their self deluding tasks.
Some British journalists are, perhaps not without reason, accused of being opinionated blusterers too fond of the sound of their own voice.