A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

"The cheese-eating surrender monkeys are in red this time."

Via Jonah Goldberg at the Corner:

This guy is fabulous. Really, just ignore the title of the article. What do you expect from the MSM's coverage of a truth-teller?

News-Telegraph: Bad news for Hague as jibes at Germans and French backfire---

Being a guest presenter on Have I Got News For You, the BBC's satirical quiz show, did wonders for William Hague's bank balance, netting him between £5,000 and £10,000 per appearance.

It also helped endear him to a public that had so summarily rejected him as prime minister material at the 2001 general election.

But the former Tory leader may feel more than a little embarrassed about his most recent appearance on the programme, now that he has returned to the political frontline.

Excerpts from the edition aired on May 27, 2005, in which Mr Hague was the guest presenter, were included on a compilation of highlights released on a DVD in time for Christmas.

At the time of the recording, the Richmond MP had the freedom of the backbenches. But anyone watching the clips after finding the DVD in their Christmas stocking saw the Tories' new shadow foreign secretary taking verbal potshots at the French and the Germans.

The issue of the 200th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar was a particular cause for mirth.

Mr Hague explained that in order to avoid any offence, the re-enactment of the British victory over France was to be fought between a red fleet and a blue fleet.

"Just a little tip if you want to put a bet on it," he added. "The cheese-eating surrender monkeys are in red this time."

He continued: "It's like teaching people about World War II and not mentioning that the Germans were on the other side.
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Hilarious and so true!

I posted about the travesty of the Trafalgar re-enactment back in June 2005 with How Dare the British Have Won?.

Other posts on Nelson and the 200th Commemoration of Trafalgar:

A Question About Trafalgar Square
Nelson Remembered
News of Nelson
Quote of the Day
Better to Fight
Nelson’s Prayer
The Battle of Trafalgar
200 Years
Trafalgar 200 Schedule
An Appeal to Individual Valor
The Opposing Fleets at Noon