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Stamp Of Greatness

by | 19th, September 2003

‘ONCE upon a time, not so long ago, the royal family was happy to hob-nob with fascist dictators. Leading figures could be found taking tea with Der Führer, or sharing a latte with Il Duce. Didn’t do them any harm, did it?

‘I thought the Germans were on OUR side?’

But for some reason, people are a bit touchy about this sort of thing nowadays. So the Royal Mail has taken umbrage at plans by the far-right Northern League in Italy to sell British stamps bearing the face of its leader next to the Queen’s head.

A spokesman for the Royal Mail told the Times that the rules of the service prohibit “lewd” or political images being used on stamps.

The message does not seem to have made much impression on the Italian press. “Great Britain dedicates a stamp to Bossi,” says Il Giornale, referring to Umberto Bossi, the League’s leader.

It added that the stamps will become collectors’ items, and had been greeted with “mystical ecstasy” by the party’s bigwigs.

This sort of thing is typical of politicians, whose heads are always swelled by these meaningless gestures. As our resident punster warns them, philately will get you nowhere.’

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