Thursday, 23 April 2009

"Can an alcoholic commander in chief of the armed forces be?"


It was because I had our own former Oxford University drinking champion of a politician on my mind that I noticed in the German newspaper Die Welt what appeared to be an intriguing dispute over alcohol consumption between the Polish President and and Polish Prime Minister. I say "appeared" because my knowledge of German does not extend much beyond Volkswagen and sauerkraut but the version that appeared with the aid of the instant Google translator confirmed that the presidential drinking habits are being questioned.
There was no mention of toasts in vodka or anything else when President Lech visited Lithuania to be with the Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Collar, for his personal contribution to the development of relations between the two states and to the strengthening of political, cultural and people-to-people cooperation.

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