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Political translation? Or spin at its finest?

Our correspondent writes ...

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: 'Remus Rodham; horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1883, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted, and hanged in 1889.'

Judy emailed Hillary Clinton for comments. Hillary's staff sent back the following biographical sketch:

"Remus Rodham was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.

"Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave in 1887 to resume his dealings with the railroad. Subsequently, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.

"In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor, when the platform on which he was standing collapsed."

And that is how it's done, folks!

Peter Moulder, Dover

Editorial Comment:

No wonder Blair relied so heavily on Clinton and Bush. They obviously have excellent spin doctors. Just shows how we were able to invade a country for having weapons of mass destruction that they didn't actually have. And Saddam Hussein presumably had a similar civic function held in his honour.

Visitors' comment:

Snopeser, UK writes:

If only it were true ...

"Many men stumble across the truth ... but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened."

Winston S Churchill

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