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Top 10 things politicians have brandished in speeches

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02.08.2019

Suggested by Jonathan Isaby, after Boris Johnson waved a kipper at his final leadership election hustings.

1. Piece of paper: Neville Chamberlain. Heston aerodrome, 1938. “This morning I had another talk with the German chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine.” Nominated by Arieh Kovler, Phil Riley and Adrian McMenamin.

2. His shoe: Nikita Khrushchev. He banged it on the desk at the United Nations in 1960. This was while making a point of order, rather than a speech, but it counts. Graham Kirby said Harold Macmillan, British prime minister, asked for a translation.

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3. Feather duster: Margaret Thatcher. Conservative Party Conference, Blackpool, 1975. The new leader........

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