The value of a good dictionary
Labour has pursued policies, be they social or economic, for ideological reasons: and when they fail, as so many have, it has not been because of slipshod administration. It is because that was how things were always going to work out.
I mention this in the specific context of the House of Lords report on the benefits - or lack of them - of mass immigration. The theory applies, however, to much else, immediate or not. Some feel that mass immigration happened by accident; or that Labour's economic miracle was, indeed, so miraculous that it required hecatombs of foreigners to come here and undertake it.
Now, this is absolutely true - but it's always a good idea, when using archaic and impressive-looking words, to check that you know what they mean. The word hecatomb, for instance, looks very serious and intellectual.
a Hecatomb (Ancient Greek ἑκατόμβη / hekatómbê) was a sacrifice to the gods of 100 cattle (hecaton = one hundred)
I knew this word as it happens - it first came to my attention in a speech by Boris Johnson. He, as befits a classicist, used it in a speech about foot and mouth disease.