Humor…A Powerful Political Weapon

25 11 2008

The ability to generate a quick and witty remark with precise timing is among the most important attributes of a political leader. Winston Churchill, Britain’s famed war time Prime Minister is world famous for his slashing political verbal comebacks. The following are a few of my favorites.

A female member of the British parliament particularly loathed Churchill. When she encountered him at a political cocktail party she confronted him by stating, “If you were my husband, I would put poison in your glass.”

He quickly retorted, “If you were my wife…I would drink it.”

Regarding his political revival Clement he had the following comments:

  • “Clement Atlee is a sheep in sheep’s clothing.”  
  •  “Atlee is a modest man, who has much to be modest about.”
  • “An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Atlee got out.”

Churchill speaking in Parliament in 1931 about a government colleague for whom he had little respect:

“I remember when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated Barnum’s Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the program which I most desired to see was the one described as ‘The Boneless Wonder.’ My parents judged that the spectacle would be too demoralizing and revolting for my youthful eye, and I have waited 50 years to see The Boneless Wonder–sitting on the Treasury Bench.”




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