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So much for Europe as a diplomatic powerhouse

The EU, for reasons best known to itself, reckons that the Russo-Georgian War (sounds really antique, put that way) needs to be investigated, and having looked at its own great and good has come up short, so the investigating diplomat is a Swiss. She is, naturally, called Heidi.

Aren't there enough spavined ex foreign ministers floating around the EU that the head hunters had to leave Fortress Europa? Or are they worried that the plenipotentiary might step on some unexploded ordnance or otherwise get caught in the perhaps not metaphorical crossfire?

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Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 2:59 pm

I bow to no-one in my admiration of the Swiss, who are expert in many things. War, though, ain't one of them... getting a Swiss to investigate a war is rather like asking a duck-hunter to judge an accordion competition, isn't it?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:10 pm

spavin
noun
a disorder of a horse's hock

spavined
adjective
disease-affected horse's hock  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:26 pm

Mr E - nice comparison. I may well use it myself.

Anon - indeed. I was using it in homage to a comment on threatened Tory leadership contest of some years back when someone - Tebbit? - said 'Bring forth the stalking horse, let us see whether it is spavined' etc etc  



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