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That joke's been around for years before the person the OP attributed it to regurgitated it. It's not lost in translation, merely lame.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Clearly, some of the Luton natives are CP members!
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
You have truly mastered the art of political wafflry. Any normal person would say "The Tories are sh*t and the fascist UKIP monkey stole what support remained."
Silk purse from a sow's ear, it can't be done.