"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
An astonishing diplomatic blunder by Jacques Chirac soured relations with the UK after it emerged that he had mocked Britain’s cooking and reputation for trustworthiness.
His comments, made during a private conversation with President Putin of Russia and Gerhard Schröder, the German Chancellor, were overheard and printed in the Libération newspaper yesterday.
“The only thing that they have ever done for European agriculture is ‘mad cow’ disease,” M Chirac said of the British. “You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. It is the country with the worst food after Finland,” he told amused colleagues during a meeting in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on Sunday.
Not that Chirac is wrong, of course - I mean, what kind of people would voluntarily eat something like mushy peas, for goodness' sake? - but sometimes discretion is the better part of not pissing people off. Next thing you know, the Brits will start calling french fries "freedom fries," or "chips," or something.
(From Whatever It Is, I'm Against It.)