Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What caused Gordon's guffaw?

The Washington Post (one of Malcolm's other journals of choice) has Michael Abramowitz reporting on Gordon Brown in Maryland and Washington.

Readers are urged to make it all the way to the very end for the gem in the piece:

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said he detected little effort on Brown's part to distance himself from Bush...

Lantos said he joked with Brown that he had the good fortune to be coming to power with new leaders in Europe -- German Chancellor Angela Merkeland French President Nicolas Sarkozy -- who are more congenial to Britain and the United States than their predecessors. "He burst out laughing, and he indicated, in an inimitable English way, that he agrees with me on his luck," Lantos said.

That, presumably, would be the humorous Home Counties banter habitually enjoyed by the gossoons and colleens amid the sun-dappled Cotswold stone of the Tuscan hill-village of Kirkcaldy.

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