In 1990, John Gummer made a big mistake. He made his daughter eat a beef burger to “prove”, at the height of the BSE crisis, that it was safe to eat. He lived to regret it.

Now Jacques Chirac has made a point of eating chicken to “prove”, as bird flu spreads to Europe, that chicken is still safe to eat. (See it here.) Will he too end up with, ahem, egg on his face?