No, it’s not the new single by Chris de Burgh. It’s Lech Kaczynski’s least favourite Brussels correspondent.
The Sunday political talk shows are still going on about a comment President Kaczynski made Thursday when he was in Brussels on EU business.
As his previous answer towards the end of a press conference was being translated into English – and seemingly unaware that the microphone in front of him was still live – the following exchange was clearly heard between Kaczynski and his Under Secretary of State Anndrzej Krawczyk:
Krawczyk: Do you want to take another question?
Kaczynski: One more question – but not from that monkey in red [referring to TVN 24 journalist Inga Rosińska – photo above]
Kaczynski: Not that in red.
For obvious reasons TVN 24 is not this government’s favourite TV channel.
Journalists have been outraged by this here, and are still banging on about it three days later. But I am sure Inga has thicker skin than that.
The incident brings to mind when George W. Bush was on the campaign trail before the 2000 presidential elections in the US when, once again in front of a live mic that he thought was turned off, he turned to Dick Chaney and said:
“"There's [liberal New York Times journalist] Adam Clymer - major league asshole…”
What’s interesting is that both Kaczynski and Bush refused to apologize for the boobs, complaining that they were sorry that a private remark had been made public.
But words in front of an open microphone at a public press conference do NOT a ‘private conversation’ make, Mr. Presidents…
In his non-apology Kaczynski did emphasis that his use of the word ‘monkey’ was not meant to be a comment on the way the TVN journalist looks, who, he said with chivalry, “Is a very attractive women.”
So maybe if Kaczynski does fancy making a quick cover of the old Chris de Burgh...er...classic,…then he could just get it into the shops before Christmas.
I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright
I have never seen that dress you're wearing
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes
I have been blind
The monkey in red
Is dancing with me
Cheek to cheek……