Letter No 2 by Mike Allott: back to directory


11 Oct 2003:


IDS set up for the chop  [Letter featured with Guardian cartoon]

Our politicians display a new form of aggression that relies on a gesticulation more usually associated with Roman cafe society (End of the pier performer, October 10). 

Pointing the finger for emphasis. Circling together thumb and middle finger for precision. Hand chops for repetition. Outstretched palms for openness. And that irritatingly trendy, slightly rotated, extended thumb and pinkie - presumably to demonstrate hipness.

Are these acquired mannerisms just de rigueur for aspiring political leaders, or can we all be trained?

Mike Allott
Chandlers Ford