Tuesday May 14th 2019Tim
Sad, sad day for a
Nation when sports writer Rick Reilly can
refer to "an orange blotch on the golf course" and a
substantial percentage of citizens know exactly who he's
talking about and they know why. Margaret Thatcher had a
huge number of nicknames, my favorite is Attila the Hen.
I guess too some society's have less reverence for their
political leaders than others. Tony Blair had a number
of nicknames one of which was Bliar. President Johnson
was Light Bulb Johnson for some, not so much for his
brilliant insights but because he got kind of ratty when
people left lights on. I was around for Dutch, Poppy,
Bubba, Dubya, No Drama and whatever kind of fruiting
body we got now.
It was down to a
French Teenager to call Emanuel Macron, the French
President, by his nickname which is Manu. It was one
those meet and greets politicians are so fond of, a
chance to prove how down to earth and sensible you are.
And sure, the teenager in question was a kind of
scraggly character, but President Macron reacted poorly,
he got a little upset and he directed the teenager to
call him Monsieur Le President. A perfectly normal
reaction for an older person around teenagers, but I
think the incident grants insight into what inevitably
happens when people achieve power. Never was I a fan of
Dubya but when he called Vladimir Putin, Ostrich Legs, I
had to give 43 a smile.