The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential


It seems to be becoming a fashionable form of protest these days to hurl shoes at politicians, with India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram becoming the latest to be at the receiving end.


An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at then U.S. President George W. Bush in December ’08, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had a shoe thrown at him by a German graduate student while giving a speech in Cambridge University in February ’09.


In the past, it used to be rotten tomatoes, eggs (rotten or otherwise), pies, custard, etc, that were directed at some of the worthies. Luminaries such as Tony Blair and Lord Peter Mandelson have had to grin and bear it. Lesser mortals have endured, too.


However, it is not public figures alone that have been targeted. Bill Gates had a pie thrown at him in Belgium, and Steve Balmer received the rotten egg treatment while on a visit to Hungary.


Politicos of various hues will now be on their guard, and train themselves to have nimble footwork should footwear or other assorted objects head their way.


But, shoes can be expensive – and, might never be returned to their owner. Will the current economic meltdown see degradation in the quality of footwear thrown? Would a battered pair that was headed for the trash bin receive a more publicized send-off?


April 7, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Politics | , , , ,

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