Healy’s Rule (Law) of Holes, First Law of Holes

Dennis Healy, a U.K. Member of Parliament and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, famously commented “Follow the rule of holes; if you are in one, stop digging.”

There is a corollary to Healy’s law, variously expressed as “when your opponent is in a hole and digging, for god’s sake don’t stop him” or alternately “why would you want to take away his shovel?”


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