A German foreign minister was talking to Churchill in the 1930s and boasted that in the event of another world war, this time they would have the Italians on their side.
I have been interested in the decision by a number (not as many as you would think, all male and all well-off) of leaders of business making public their decision to side with the Conservatives at the next election in protest at the rise in Employers' National Insurance contributions. They say this will harm the prospects for small businesses.
In a cartoon in the Guardian on Saturday the Pied Piper Cameron was seen leading the fat cats off a New Labour sinking ship. The Guardian believes in making sure its cartoon admirers have a good grasp of folklore and fable.
Churchill's reply. 'It's only fair; we had them last time.'