Sunday, February 10, 2008


In the third episode of 'The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard', Ros was flumm- flabbergast- gobsmacked by the way things had turned out during her first year as Prime Minister, she was answered with the well-known quote: "Events, dear boy, events."

Well-known over in the UK, perhaps. I could tell by the way it was delivered that it probably had an historical recognition about it, making it familiar to the primary audience. A simple matter of googling brought a quick relief to my ignorance:

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was asked by a young journalist after a long dinner what could most easily steer a government off course. "Events, dear boy. Events", answered MacMillan.

Which translates to "politics is unpredictable".

George W. knows this only too well. Hurricane Katrina - and the response (or lack thereof) by FEMA and that douchebag Brownie - literally washed away the last semblance of faith in Bush's administration.

For Ros Pritchard, it looked as if things were settling down after the first year of her stormy tenure as Prime Minister when a Lithuanian plane blew up over London.

"Events, dear boy, events", indeed!

Toby OB

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