It’s a common enough joke about some politicians that, when they finally go, their successors will lay in crosses, garlic and sharpened stakes to make sure they don’t return. Normally it’s used figuratively, of their retirement or resignation (and, after the ministerial careers of Mssrs Mandelson and Blunkett, one can quite see the point), and even the Recess Monkey claims, in semi-mitigation for his little mistake yesterday, that
I was more keen than is polite – that’s how i got spoofed – No I don’t care, I spent an entire two minutes trying to work out how to write the “news” without mentioning the word “stake”.
Clearly, though, they take these things more literally in the former Yugoslavia; El Reg reports:
Serbian vampire hunters have acted to prevent the very remote possibility that former dictator Slobodan Milosevic might stage a come-back – by driving a three-foot stake through his heart.
According to Ananova, the politically-motivated Van Helsings, led by Miroslav Milosevic (no relation), gave themselves up to cops after attacking the deceased despot in his grave in the eastern town of Pozarevac. Milosevic popped his clogs back in 2006, while on trial in a UN war crimes tribunal for various unsavoury activities connected with the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia.
Miroslav Milosevic said “he and his fellow vampire hunters acted to stop the former dictator returning from the dead to haunt the country”. His team explained that the wooden stake had been “driven into the ground and through the late president’s heart”.