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Politics, eggplants and cannibalism


Here in the UK, it’s political party conference season. All the self-important, ill-dressed, excitable spotty wonks strut about, pretending to make policy and to be taking hugely important decisions about the future of the country/continent/planet/solar system/left spiral arm of the galaxy. Incidentally, I don’t know if this is the same in other countries, but many British politicians have mild speech impediments. Perhaps they were bullied at school, and this is their revenge.  It makes them less than thrilling orators!

I was quickly put off all that malarkey at university by my wise school-friend Henrik K. He neatly skewered the sort of prats who went into student politics by saying quietly with a sneer, “You really have to question the mental health of anyone whose only ambition is to spend the rest of his life telling everyone else what to do.”  That was before I discovered Hunter S. Thompson: “Anyone who wants the job of President that badly should be automatically disqualified.”

The principle was echoed years later by Douglas Adams in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: “To summarize: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”

This week it’s the turn of the Liberal Democrat Party, arguably the most sanctimonious, hypocritical and self-righteous of the lot. To prove my point, here, in a picture worth a thousand words, the Glorious Leader, Nick Clegg, harangues a representative selection of the dynamic party faithful:

I was alerted last night by this Tweet, picked up and shared by Guido Fawkes:

I discovered that it’s not an original menu idea:

And then there’s this:

It’s hardly surprising that, hunted to the verge of extinction, they are turning to drink. It’s all a dreadful, shameful legacy of our inglorious Imperial past. What a coincidence that this comes just 2 days after I mentioned The Eggplant that Ate Chicago.


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  1. Fiona Robertson permalink

    I’m also rather taken by the notion of “gallic sauce” … I know we BrIts have an awkward history with the French but it pales into insignificance if the Chinese are actually eating them !

  2. The chap at the end of Row 2 is obviously thinking very deeply on his Glorious Leader’s words. Such dedication!

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