When a new book on the subject is published, one hopes that it will tell us something new, even if to counter the gainsayers
who have been gathering pace in recent years.
Just as they were gainsayers
in our own country's break with Britain who claimed that no contemporary nation could function without a monarchy, that you could never entrust people with that much political power, and that a republic that these would-be visionaries were hoping to create could never hope to survive in the Machiavellian world of eighteenth-century realities, so there were those who argued against our system .
If "orthodox" Southern thought, as Kreyling terms it, seems to reverberate with anxiety, to feel itself under siege, it just may be because the narrative this line of thought offers has a good many competitors, not to mention outright gainsayers
This book, well worth careful study, calls gainsayers
to the deep reflective experience upon which it is based.
However, with the rapid advancement of technologies designed to ease the burden of road pricing, and in light of the success of recent efforts around the world, many gainsayers
are being buried under the weight of promising evidence.
I invite the gainsayers
to come and see how effective they are; I think they will be surprised.
Now there will be gainsayers
who assert that young people would be much better off investing in courses in useful things.
The congenital gainsayers
havenOt had their go yet, but to my untrained eye, this was something out of the top drawer, like a favourite pair of socks you can turn to for warmth and comfort on those cold days after the season has finished.
So when news arrived that they'd parted company with Island Records following the relatively underperforming success of Me-chanical Wonder and Crazy Lowdown Ways, the gainsayers
were rubbing their hands with glee and pronouncing the end of the band.
In du Maurier's drawing (Punch, 17 July 1880), Jellaby Postlethwaite, gazing with intense satisfaction at the "freshly-cut Lily" on the table, oblivious of observers who think him strange because he sees what they don't see, is Ian Small, confidently British, seeing historical movements with some assumption of objectivity, and, indeed, writing a significant book of literary history without even acknowledging the gainsayers
To start with, I regarded these people as superficial gainsayers
, seeking dubious credibility by shooting down perfectly sound ideas that had served us well for decades - like the folk who took it upon themselves to decide that Abba were suddenly good after years of being rubbish, thereby condemning us to years of easy-listening hell.
are likely to take little solace from this report.