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.
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