Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

How the Buller Boy Was Brought to Book

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

How the Buller Boy Was Brought to Book

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Chatter about the leadership intentions of George Osborne is rising several decibels. The must-have accessory for ambitious politicians is a biographer. And the Chancer of the Exchequer, I hear, has acquired a scribe. Joey Jones, Sky News's deputy political editor, is to chronicle the life and times of the Trust Fund Tory. Given that the Chancellor's a spotty 39-year-old, yet to toil in the Treasury a full year, a slim volume would suffice.

The lofty Buller Boy, muttered my snout, believes he deserves a more substantial tome. So George is co-operating. I hope Osborne: the Book isn't all Laffer and no laughs. After all, Cameron's Old Etonians nicknamed George "Oik" in the Buller, and then there's that photograph with an arm around a prostitute in front of a line of white powder. Cameron, by the way, may be worried by the frequency with which the self-aggrandiser entertains friendly hacks at Dorneywood. He's a busy boy, is our George.

The Scottish MP Thomas Docherty is earning himself an unpopular reputation among Labour comrades. Insisting the police analyse CCTV film to identify two trade unionists who allegedly swiped his half-drunk bottle of wine from Strangers' wasn't a first offence. Docherty, who since he began his short spell in the House has criticised jeans-wearing women MPs and proposed a statue of Tony Blair, had security question a man and woman with a baby in the cafeteria. A parliamentary sister didn't take kindly to Docherty setting the police on her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild. The hapless new boy from Dunfermline is being referred to as the school sneak. …

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