Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Heavy repairs for Liberal leader
I was alarmed yesterday to read this headline in a magazine:
Cylinder liners fitted to Sir Archibald SinclairWas it not sufficient ignominy to be the last Liberal Party leader to lose his seat at a general election, without the world learning that "... further work on the lubrication pipework is being done" ?
Fortunately, this story appeared not in any political journal but in the new September edition of Railway Magazine. This Sir Archibald is a 'Battle of Britain' class steam locomotive, named in honour of Sinclair's wartime role as air minister, and now preserved by enthusiasts.
I cannot, however, vouch for the lubrication pipework of the present leader.