Brown, Darling and a dog.

Gordon Brown called Alastair Darling into his office one day & said, 'Alastair , I have a great idea!?

We are going to go all out to win back Middle England '.

'Good idea PM, how will we go about it?' said Darling.

'Well' said Brown 'we'll get ourselves two of those long Barbour coats, some proper wellies, a stick & a flat cap, Oh & a Labrador .

Then we'll really look the part.. We'll go to a nice old country pub,

in Much Something or other & we'll show we
really enjoy the countryside, ........... Oh! & remember
not to mention the Hunting With Dogs Act'

'Right PM' said Darling. So a few days later, all
kitted out & with the requisite Labrador at heel, they
set off from London .

Eventually they arrived at just the place they were looking
for & found a lovely country pub &, with the dog,
went in & up to the bar.

'Good evening Landlord, two pints of you best ale, from
the wood please' said Brown

'Good evening, Prime Minister' said the landlord,
'two pints of best it is, coming up'

Brown & Darling stood leaning on the bar contemplating
new taxes, nodding now &
again to those who came in for a drink, whilst the dog lay
quietly at their feet.

As they drank their beer they chatted about how
heart-rending it was that pensioners were being imprisoned
for not paying the council tax.

All of a sudden the door from the adjacent bar opened &
in came a grizzled old shepherd, complete with crook. He
walked up to the Labrador lifted its tail & looked
underneath, shrugged his shoulders & walked back to the other bar.

A few moments later, in came a wizened farmer who followed
the same procedure, to the bewilderment of Brown &
Darling. People of all ages & gender followed suit over the next hour.
Eventually, unable to stand it any longer, Darling called
the landlord over. 'Tell me' said Darling, 'Why
did all those people come in & look under the dog's
tail like that??? Is it an old country custom?

'Good Lord no,' said the landlord. 'It's
just that someone has told them that there was a Labrador in
this bar with two arseholes'

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