PM hits the bottle

Now here’s a politician worth bottling. Bulgarian villagers have named their homemade rakia brandy “Borisovka”, to honour Prime Minister Boiko Borisov for keeping the tax man at bay, according to foreign news sources.

Each year, Bulgarian families can produce up to 30 litres of rakia – a traditional grape brandy – without paying tax, although newly proposed government plans to raise alcohol taxes threatened the centuries-old tradition of making the concoction at home.

Borisov, who is a trained firefighter and black belt in karate, proved once again to be the people’s hero, stepping in just before the hike was approved in parliament last week and asking deputies to scrap the plan.