Lagom till politikerveckan i Almedalen kommer här en rolig historia från Storbritannien.
Kanske kan den påminna partiledarna om tumregeln att korta tal ofta är bättre än långa.
Ed Miliband strides on to the stage at the Labour Party conference to deliver his speech, welcomed by rapturous applause from party faithful. He begins to speak, and it’s all he can do to make himself heard over cheering: every broadside at the coalition’s economic policies is met by an ovation; every crack at Nick Clegg’s spinelessness makes the room erupt into maniacal guffaws.
But soon, the excitement dies down. The speech seems to be dragging on. And, when Miliband finally comes to a close, the expected standing ovation isn’t forthcoming. He slumps off the stage, and corners his speechwriter in the wings.
“What’s this? he hisses, waving the speech in the terrified writer’s face. “I ask for punchy, 15-minute speech, and you give me three-quarters of an hour? They were bored out of their minds by the end.”
“But sir, I did prepare a 15-minute speech,” the man replies nervously, “I just gave you three copies.”
Anekdoten är hämtad från julinummret av GQ (engelska utgåvan).