Return Of The Platell Game
Saturday, 30 October 2010
We haven’t played this for a while, have we?
You may be unfamiliar with The Platell Game, in which we try to guess which way the capricious and successful Daily Mail columnist Amanda Platell will jump on issues of the day. It’s harder than you’d think. Newcomers should familiarize themselves with the basics here.
Platell is not a simple woman. Once you think you have mastered the basic principle of “Is Amanda for or against this? I’m often surprised…” she will throw a curve ball, as we discovered when we played The Platell Game Level X.
In today’s column, another such curve ball has been thrown. With that hint, we begin…
What is Amanda’s opinion?
The story is that David Miliband has been photographed at home in front of a favourite painting. Amanda explains concisely:
“David Miliband has a huge painting of 13 nude, dancing women on his living room wall. The £2,000 work has been dismissed as ‘middle-brow junk’. It was a birthday present from his wife and friends say Miliband loves it.”
So… does Amanda think that the painting is awful, and go on to have a laugh at the expense of people who buy modern nudes? Or does she think that art critics are snobs, there’s nothing wrong with middlebrow and the painting is lovely? Or (remember level X) is it both? - does Amanda think it’s an awful painting but does great credit to David Miliband that he loves it just because it was a birthday present from his wife?
Think think think…..
None of the above! Amanda’s conclusion - after no further argument, following DIRECTLY on from “It was a birthday present from his wife and friends say Miliband loves it” - is:
“Truly, the more we know about the Miliband brothers the more we question the fitness of either to head Her Majesty’s Opposition.”
Yes. The fact that David Miliband loves a painting bought for him by his wife means that Ed Miliband is unfit to lead the Labour Party. If you got that right: 1000 points.