We'd be getting more excited about the election
if the leading MPs were more like George Brown,
the deputy leader of the Labour Party during the
1960s. A noted drunk, George's finest hour came
at a London diplomatic reception. As the band
struck up the first number, he approached a
potential conquest in a long, red velvet dress
and asked, "Beautiful lady in scarlet, may I have
the next dance?"
"Certainly not!" came the reply.
"Why not?" asked George.
"In the first place you are drunk. In the
second, this is not actually a waltz but the
Hungarian national anthem; and, thirdly, I am not
a beautiful lady in scarlet, I am, in fact,
the papal nuncio Archbishop Mancini."