Sarah Palin’s Beauty Competition in India: 2nd runner-up again

Mrs Palin will be the very last speaker at the 2011 India Today Conclave on Saturday night, following a solid day-and-a-half of meetings on far more important subjects than “Let me just tell you that my husband is part-Indian and trash my democratically-elected President one more time” – meetings addressed by actual achievers. She’s so important that she’s speaking after the allocation of ‘free time’ in the programme (‘free time’ being the point at which truly busy people will leave).

Among Mrs Palin’s competition are two accomplished and beautiful women of intelligence, Dr Germaine Greer (who needs no introduction) and Fatima Bhutto.

"I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover."

Hair and eyebrows by 1971, glorious facial structure by genetics

In the mid-1970s, Germaine Greer appeared on conservative William F. Buckley’s Firing Line. In his memoir On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures, Buckley recalled that Greer had “trounced him” during the debate. He wrote, “Nothing I said, and memory reproaches me for having performed miserably, made any impression or any dent in the argument. She carried the house overwhelmingly.”

Fatima Bhutto, a member of the well-known Pakistani Bhutto political dynasty, is a celebrated journalist and author of a stunning political autobiography, Songs of Blood and Sword.

Fatima Bhutto’s aunt was the late Benazir Bhutto, twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the only woman ever to lead a Muslim nation.

None of these ladies required the chipmunk-cheek implants, jaw-softening chin implant, botox, eyebrow lift, fake tan, hair extensions, short skirts and pornstar platform shoes that Sarah Palin needs, to get attention. A good education was sufficient.