31 August 2011

Thinking Paper #76: Andrew Mitchell's love of cameras‏

By Ron Ford Golightly

Abstract

Minister's getting snapped with government papers seems to a really easy way to make an announcement of something that a) is bad news b) is something everyone kind of knew already but no one had publicly mentioned c) a nice bit of news that looks as though it has been accidentally leaked.


Andrew Mitchell's love of cameras‏

Andrew Mitchell getting photographed today falls under category b). What did we already know? That politics in Afghanistan is corrupt, that without money, Afghanistan would get worse, and that President Hamid Karzai stepping down is a good thing. For a mixed example of a) and c) please see the picture of Danny Alexander holding a copy of the Comprehensive Spending Review up against his car window for the journos.

Concluding Remarks

Responding to the leak, Hamid Karzai said "Thank Allah. I can't wait to leave this stinking job... I'm going to retire to the south of France and drink fruit smoothies all day".

Oh and George Osborne was said to be quite pleased because it marks yet another day in which, despite being in charge of a stumbling economy and terribly flawed policies, he manages to keep his meaty little pork chop face almost entirely out of the media.

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