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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 Sinclair
Was 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.

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