Saturday, September 27, 2008

British politics update for Americans

The Labour Party held its annual conference this week, and here’s all you need to know: Foreign Minister David Miliband, who had been the odds-on favorite to succeed Gordon Brown after Labour loses the next election, is now widely – and I mean widely – believed to have blown his chances by breaking a cardinal rule of politics: when you already resemble a chimpanzee to a not inconsiderable extent,

do not allow yourself to be photographed with a banana.

What Matthew Parris wrote when a tired Tony Blair accidentally spoke the word “banana” in the House of Commons in 1997, “once you have heard a person say ‘banana’, a sliver of the awe in which you had held them is lost, never to be recovered,” may be multiplied several-fold in the case of being seen holding one.

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