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Welcome to Declassified, a weekly column wanting on the lighter aspect of politics.
Oh look, it’s the ghost of politics previous.
Sure, the outdated guard are again from the useless (actually in some instances). To the horror of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Argentina, Margaret Thatcher has returned, with Gillian Anderson enjoying the Iron Woman within the new collection of Netflix’s “The Crown.” (Spoiler alert: All of it ends with the queen’s least-bright baby hiding in a Pizza Categorical and making an attempt to justify his friendship with a intercourse offender.)
It’s riled up Thatcher loyalists and royal watchers, with conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie describing the portrayal of Thatcher as “absurd, hateful.”
The Instances, in the meantime, bought a royal historian to observe the collection and he identified that episode one begins with “a large howler.” What might this error be? Nicely, on the Trooping of the Color in 1979, “the Queen is within the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of Grenadier Guards with the riband of the Garter, whereas it was the color of the Scots Guards being trooped that yr, and on that day she wore the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of Scots Guards (a thistle, not a grenade on the collar) and the darkish inexperienced riband and star of the Order of the Thistle — and no plume in her cap as it’s the central of the 5 regiments of guards.” Ship everybody accountable to the Tower of London instantly!
Talking of Queen Elizabeth II, she was inadvertently killed off this week by Radio France Internationale, which by accident reported on the demise of about 100 well-known figures, together with Sophia Loren, Clint Eastwood, Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot. RFI apologized and blamed “a technical drawback.”
On the listing was French businessman and politician Bernard Tapie, who was additionally proclaimed useless by la chaine L’Équipe in August and by Le Monde final yr.
Additionally again is Barack Obama, who has a memoir out this week known as “A Promised Land” and he’s bought some selection phrases to say about European leaders.
Obama describes former French President Nicolas Sarkozy as “all emotional outbursts and over-blown rhetoric” and says he “lurched everywhere in the map [although that could equally have been ‘lunched’] when it got here to coverage.”
Due to his “darkish, vaguely Mediterranean options” and his small stature,” Sarkozy “appeared like a work out of a Toulouse-Lautrec portray,” in line with Obama. He says conversations with the French chief have been “by turns amusing and exasperating, his palms in perpetual movement, his chest thrust out like a bantam cock’s” as discuss “swooped from flattery to bluster to real curiosity, by no means straying removed from his major, barely disguised curiosity, which was to be on the heart of the motion and take credit score for no matter it was that is perhaps price taking credit score for.” Ouch, though Obama was nicer about Sarkozy in an interview on French TV, complimenting him on his “vitality and attraction.”
Ex-British PM David Cameron, in the meantime, is described by Obama as having “the straightforward confidence of somebody who’d by no means been pressed too laborious by life.”
“You’ve all achieved very properly however solely one in all you’ll be able to undergo to the ultimate of Russia’s Received Expertise.”
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Thanks for all of the entries. Right here’s the perfect from our postbag (there’s no prize apart from the reward of laughter, which I feel we are able to all agree is much extra useful than money or booze).
“You could have reached the voicemail of Boris Johnson,” by Wouter Acke.
Paul Dallison is POLITICO‘s slot information editor.