The Battle for Kreuzberg goes tits forward

British politics are dull as ditchwater in comparison with those of some of our European neighbours. Could you imagine Harriet Harman adopting the campaign tactics of German conservative Vera Lengsfeld, currently battling for a parliamentary seat against the incumbent – popular Green politician Christian Ströbele – in Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district?

In the campaign Frau Lengsfeld is making full use of her considerable assets, together with those of party leader and prime minister Angela Merkel.

“Wir haben mehr zu bieten.”

“We have more to offer,” Lengsfeld’s party posters proudly declare, complete with portraits featuring plunging necklines and come hither eyes.

What is Herr Ströbele to do when faced with such a formidable challenge? I doubt that whipping out his old chap on the local equivalent of Newsnight will have the desired effect. He could be hung like a donkey, but it’s not quite the same thing.

Ströbele will have to summon all his creative talents, but there he has more competition than that of his ample CDU opponent. The Left party candidate, Halina Wawzyniak, is employing the slogan “Mit Arsch in der Hose in den Bundestag” (“With trousers full of arse in the Bundestag”).

Funky place, Kreuzberg.