A vignette from a long-suffering life in politics:

It was some years ago I was talking on the phone to a guy who was gaga for Hugo Chavez. Head over heels gaga. Being a name-dropper as well as a windbag, he told me he couldn’t talk at me long because Hugo Chavez was on the other line for a consultation.

Our man is now a honcho in the Hands Off Syria Coalition. Probably taking calls from Assad.

There’s no moral to the story. And no purpose. I just had to get it off my chest. Kind of like a revenge thing.