Monday, January 17, 2011

The Swiftian EU, Where Big Press Officers have little press officers

My discovery today of one Marilyn Carruthers, described on her twitter page as,

Press officer to the Spokesman brings to mind Jonathan Swift's poem,
 The vermin only teaze and pinch

Their foes superior by an inch.
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum
Which of course is reduced in the nursery ryhme,
Big fleas have little fleas,

Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum
.Now of course I understand that EU Commissioners need to have press officers - or if they are feeling particularly grand Spokespersons, but do the press officers need press officers, and as a matter of interest, does Ms Carruthers have a press officer?

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