Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Liberty's Requiem Miscellany No. 1

The first in what, considering the charisma bypasss most of our polititians seem to have undergone to achieve high office, is likely to be a very occasional series.

Many know that behind the grey, in all senses of the word, image of Sir Menzies Campbell lies a colourful sporting past. As unlikely as it may seem, he was once a fine athlete, holding the British 100 meter record for over six years, captaining Scotland in what is now the Commonwealth (don't mention the E-word) Games and representing Britain at the 1964 Olympic games. The problem is that it all seems so unlikley now in the face of the Menzies we know on the political stage that I don't think they can make use of this once dynamic side of Ming.

The hero of the latest bit of political trivia I stumbled across is the former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke. As someone who is far more in tune with the ideas of John Howard, the current incumbent of the post, and who I consider a bit of a role model for sensible, progressive (in the real sense of the word) centre right leadership, it pains me to say that I am impressed with this little factoid,
'His academic achievements were possibly outweighed by the notoriety he achieved as the holder of a world record for the fastest consumption of beer: a yard glass (approximately 3 imperial pints or 1.7 litres) in eleven seconds.

In his memoirs, Hawke suggested that this single feat may have contributed to his political success more than any other, by endearing him to a voting population with a strong beer culture.'

Source: Wikipedia

Listen and learn Mr Cameron, perhaps those days of the Bullingdon Club could actually pay off. Stuff calling for debates on the BBC where, if they happened, Ming, the dour one and yourself would just p*** everyone off by parroting the usual lines.

Challenge them to a proper drinking contest and the Child of the Manse would stand no chance whatsoever. Ming could be a risk but age is on your side. It looks like a dead cert to me.

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