AS THE party conference season approaches, let us begin on a light, not to say salacious, note: Politico, the bookstore and coffee house in London's Victoria, has come up with a new line. Nestling among the books and memorabilia, customers will soon find a preview of Political Pants, destined for a mid-September launch to tickle delegates' fancy in Bournemouth, Harrogate and Blackpool.
Women's knickers with black-laced edges bear apposite slogans. Margaret Thatcher: "No! No! No!"; Ann Widdecombe: "Something of the Night"; the Control Freak: "I like the smack of firm government." Men's boxer shorts feature the Gordon Brown pants: "I believe in the Neo-Erogenous Growth Theory"; and the William Whitelaw version immortalised by the Iron Lady: "Every Prime Minister Needs a Willie."
So far there are no contenders for the Education Secretary or his esteemed staff; but Politico is open to offers. Any slogan ideas for either sex will be welcome. A free pair for any they commission. You can visit their website on http:www.politicos.co.uk; but you may like to share your thoughts with us first.