You can learn a lot by sitting quietly in the corner of a country pub. Politicans should do it more often, then they'd be in touch with what the voters (rather than the media and their Party chairmen) really think.
The 'facts' you overhear are sometimes inaccurate and the opinions based on these factoids are frightfully non-PC, but we're all entitled to our opinions and some farmers do have a very dry sense of humour.
Three little gems from last night:-
1. Jim. "Is it just me or does anybody else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our Government could track every single cow and calf and tell exactly where it was being transported to, even if you took it in a truck at dead of night, and yet now we've got 150,000 illegal immigrants and the Government has got no idea where they are".
Fred. "Maybe they should give them all a cow as they arrive".
2. Fred. "They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for other countries, why don't they just give them ours, it's worked well for 500 years and now we never use it"
3. Jim. "Did you know that there's a law that says they can't put the Ten Commandments up in the House of Commons, and yet you can teach the Koran in schools".
Fred. "That'll be because you couldn't put up a notice that said 'Thou shalt no steal' and 'Thou shalt not commit adultery' and 'Thou shalt not lie' and 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's ox' in a building full of politicians. It would create a hostile work environment".