The plumage don’t enter into it.

Surely the most encouraging news to hit the wires in the past 24 hours is the revelation that John Cleese is offering his services as Barack Obama’s gag writer. Change we can laugh at. Hillary Towers.

Before we get carried away by the thought of Obama silly-walking his way into the Democrat nomination, we should consider the domestic implications. Much has been made this week of prime minister Kevin Rudd’s sometimes awkward, sometimes downright soporific way with words. Well have three other words to say to him: Kevin Bloody Wilson. Ok, so he’s not John Cleese, but you’re not Barack Obama. Think about it.