The UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisted it was possible to 'do business' with Jean-Claude Juncker - despite fighting tooth and nail to block him becoming President of the European Commission. The Prime Minister has called Mr Juncker to salute his appointment, despite having spent weeks trying in vain to persuade allies not to support him. Mr Cameron insisted he wants to 'move on' from the bitter row, which left him isolated in Europe, and focus on his plans to claw powers back from Brussels. Mr Cameron’s phone call will be seen by critics as a humiliation for the Prime Minister, who was outvoted 26 to two in Brussels on Friday when he tried to stop the appointment of the arch-federalist. However, fears intensified in Europe over the weekend that Mr Juncker may not be able to cope with his new role because of his drinking habits. Diplomatic sources in Brussels say it is advisable to catch him before lunch, because otherwise the alcohol can take its toll. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows an inebriated Mr Juncker, who has fallen backwards off his chair, dictating a letter to his secretary. His speech is slurred because he has been sampling the crates of alcohol (gin, whisky, wine, vodka) that David Cameron thoughtfully sent him as a 'peace offering'.
In order to represent in writing the speech of someone who is drunk, it is common to replace 's' with 'sh'. In fact, there's a nice informal synonym for 'drunk', which says it all: sloshed.
A peace offering is a gift that is given as a way of apologizing or making peace. • Even as Facebook expands its advertising reach, the social network has devised a peace offering for members in the form of ad preferences.
Apparently, Juncker's favourite tipple is brandy, which is strangely missing from the cartoon. A senior diplomatic source claims Mr Juncker 'reportedly has cognac for breakfast'. Read more >>