* After our little item on the back of our paper last week, speculating that EU officials may have to make a very swift exit from Greece, one Eurocrat took issue with the photo accompanying the item, that of the helicopter evacuation from the US embassy in Saigon.
“It won’t be anything like that at all,” he sniffed, “there’s only seven or eight of them in the office.”
* The spirit of romance was enhanced by Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Wikström, when she sent round an invitation to come along and watch her and a group of female MEPs perform The Vagina Monologues in the European Parliament.
Although the play has been performed around the world since 1996, it appears that one MEP seemed to be entirely ignorant of the work, and of the deputy's name as well:
Dear Cecilian (sic),
Thank you for the kind invitation.
It looks interesting. It is some kind of ventriloquist act?
Gerard Batten MEP
On receiving this reply, Wikström found inspiration, and in traditional Valentine’s Day form, replied in rhyme:
Mr Batten just thinks of ventriloquists
Such a brilliant rhyme for old chauvinists
Suits this kind of chap
Whose views are old hat
He can't bear the presence of feminists
It's a challenge when those with vaginas
No longer put up with, in silence
This kind of old tripe
From him and his type
But speak up loud and clear against violence