Political Commentary and Other Stuff 2005-2013
Oh they will, Paul! They have already started.
Paul,This was a comment on PB.com a while ago that I thought you might appreciate.“The relationship between policians and drinks is an interesting and often difficult one. Just as you can imagine people as animals or musical instruments, I recently found myself thinking of politicians in terms of what drink they would be.Just as US President Andrew Jackson had his ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ let us imagine Gordon Brown’s ‘Drinks’ Cabinet:Douglas Alexander - Scotch - Liked by fewer people than who claim toDavid Miliband - Sherry -You can imagine Old Ladies being fond, but not really anyone else.Alistair Darling - Port - Liable to induce headaches and drowsinessJack Straw - Vodka (& coke) - NuLabour yet also an Ex-Trot: Detente in a glassHillary Benn - Brandy - Cultured, and seems older than actually isEd Balls - Bourbon - brash, clumsy, poor immitation of Scotch (see above)John Hutton - Absinthe - Doesn’t mix well with other drinks mentionedHarriet Harman - Advocaat - completely useless, and no-one has any idea what it is doing in the CabinetJacqui Smith - Gin - A London-centric drink. To help you survive Home and the Office.Hazel Blears - Moonshine/Poitin - Detestable in small measure presented, would be unbearable in larger quantitiesAlan Johnson - Bailey’s - A little slippery, a little cloying, liked by the ladies apparentlyRuth Kelly - Vegetable Oil - Simply doesn’t belongPeter Hain - Orange (crushed) - no explanation requiredMargeret Hodge (aka Proms hater) - Soda Water - no f***ing taste.”Then people started adding their own suggestions:Nick Clegg - Bucks Fizz - Yellow, goes flat very quickly, not taken very seriouslyGordon Brown - bitter (Old Peculiar)Lord Soames - stoutIain Duncan-Smith - mildVince Cable - pint of BrainsMichael Howard - something of the nightcap?Peter Mandelson - Campari and Orange. Deeply and satisfying bitter.Clare Short - A Bitter LemonRobin Cook - Whisk(er)y and GingerGeorge W Bush - N(oil)ly PratGeorge Galloway - VERy big MOUTHJohn Prescott - PunchDennis Skinner - Bols o(r) Ver(mouth)Vladimir Putin - White RussianDmitri Medvedev - Moscow Mule"
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