Kidnapping of UK Prime Minister Foiled by Beer

In 1964, British PM Alec Douglas-Home was staying overnight at the home of Lord Hailsham in Scotland. In an astonishing security lapse, his bodyguards did not guard the door to the house. Left-wing college students, on a whim, decided to kidnap him and met the PM, alone, at the door. That's when our hero, beer, stepped in to save the day:

Faced with a determined group of militants, the resourceful prime minister decided that there was only one option.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the liquid refreshment did the trick and defused any of the group's lingering desire to kidnap their genial host, along with assurances they would guarantee his party a landslide victory if they went through with their plan.


This otherwise unverified incident was discovered in the recently-discovered diaries of the late Lord Hailsham, which included this passage:

"He asked and received permission to pack a few things and was given 10 minutes' grace.

"After that they were offered and accepted beer. John and Priscilla returned and the kidnap project abandoned.


Link via Hell in a Handbasket | Photo: The Daily Mail

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The would be kidnappers probably never expected to get anywhere near the premier, so it probably didn't take much to foil the "plot". Let's be fair, they probably hadn't even thought about what they were going to do next.
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