“Why are you screaming and hugging?”
I meant to refer last week to this quotation from Dora Gaitskell, wife of Hugh, who expressed her horror at the applause for his “thousand years of history” Eurosceptic speech to Labour conference in 1962.
Andrew Rawnsley got there first, in his column for The Observer today. It is an apt echo of the response to David Cameron’s speech on Wednesday, also Eurosceptic, and also applauded by his enemies.
I was going to make a different point, though, which is that few people these days know who Gaitskell was, or what the split between the Gaitskellites and the Bevanites was about.
So I wanted to update the quotation.
Friends Series 4 Episode 19, “The One With All The Haste”.
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Monica: You wanna finish this right now? All right, we get a deck of cards, high card wins. What do you say?
Chandler: Fine, let’s do it.
Phoebe: Oh, I have cards!
Monica: Oh, good.
Phoebe: Yeah! Here! (She grabs a deck out of her purse.) Oh no, these are the trick deck. Okay. Here yes. Okay.
Chandler: Okay, you guys uh, you guys pick first.
Monica: Okay. (She picks a card.) Four.
Chandler: That’s a low one!
Joey: Yeah! Okay. (Joey picks a card.) Phoebe, you look, I can’t.
Phoebe: What make you think I can?! (Shields her eyes from it.)
Joey: Okay. Okay. (He looks at the card.) Ace!
(Both Joey and Chandler and Monica and Rachel jump up and down for joy.)
Chandler: Why are you screaming and hugging?
Monica: Because we won our apartment back!
Joey: What? Ace is high! Jack, queen, king, ace!
Monica: No! Ace is low! Ace, two, three, four!
(They all look to Phoebe to settle this.)
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