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Politicians’ geography gaffes – a history

by | 29th, September 2012

WHEN quizzed about Britain on the David Letterman show, David Cameron was apparently unable to give the meaning of the words Magna Carta. We say “apparently” because Boris Johnson, who might of course have his own agenda here, suggested that the Prime Minister knew perfectly well what it meant, but feigned ignorance in order to give the impression that he is just a regular, down-to-earth kinda guy.

Johnson then possibly deliberately, possibly not contrived to give the wrong answer to the question, “Who scored a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final?”

If deliberate, this was surely a political first a politician NOT trying to jump on the football bandwagon.

As for Cameron, it was somehow fitting that he should make his faux pas or possibly faux faux pas in the United States. Over the years, American politicians have amused us with displays of ignorance which would be even funnier if the perpetrators weren’t busy policing the planet about which they remain so stubbornly ignorant.

“We are part of Europe,” declared Dan Quayle on one famous occasion. Another time he expressed his delight at being in “the great state of Chicago”. And he was just as happy further south. “I love California,” he exclaimed, “I practically grew up in Phoenix.”

Furthermore, Quale’s shaky grasp on geography is shared by a stellar cast of political talent.

The invasion of Georgia alarmed some Americans, who thought this was happening in their own dear old southern state. And the former Governor of Alaska is another US citizen who is keenly aware of

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