Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Anniversaries of literary and literal royalty

"Pliable" commented on anniversaries among the Windsors, while Jessica Duchen lamented the lack of operas based on Dickens.

It is a sad reflection of our times that when a Welsh Labour MP attempted to make a topical witticism at the expense of the deputy prime minister yesterday he quoted not the words of the master but of Lionel Bart:

Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) (Lab): I understand that at this morning’s Cabinet meeting the Culture Secretary gave the Deputy Prime Minister for Dickens day a copy of “Oliver Twist”. Did his Tory Cabinet colleagues then burst into a chorus of, “Consider yourself one of us”?

The Deputy Prime Minister: That was a well-rehearsed and well-delivered joke. No, they did not.

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