Men standing beside gold chairs

2013: David Cameron says he wants austerity forever while standing beside a gold chair:

1792: Louis XVI says…who the hell cares what he said? But he had a pretty nifty chair to stand next to as well.

Louis XIV did say “It is legal because I wish it” and probably Louis XVI thought the same thing. Before the guillotine. Afterwards he wasn’t thinking much at all.

Selling off the Royal Mail is legal because we wish it, says Osborne, or that’s what he’s thinking.