04 April 2007

Astor 1 Churchill 0

Many of you will know the famous verbal sally between Lady Astor, the first woman to serve as an MP in the House of Commons, and Winston Churchill:

Lady Astor to Churchill: "If you were my husband, I'd put arsenic in your coffee."
Churchill: "Madam, if I were your husband, I'd drink it!"

But she also had the better of Churchill on one occasion:

Lady Astor was giving a costume ball and Winston Churchill asked her what disguise she would recommend for him. She replied, 'Why don't you come sober, Mr Prime Minister?

- Source: Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, Wikipedia

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